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Who goes there?

US cap­i­tal Wash­ing­ton DC is rich in both his­tory and mod­ern day glamour, so it’s no won­der big stars visit the area. An­gelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Bey­oncé

and Jay Z, you name it, they’ve all been to DC. Just a few months ago, Brit­ney Spears was in the area to per­form at Mary­land’s MGM Na­tional Har­bor Re­sort while Gal Gadot filmed scenes for Won­der Woman in DC and nearby Alexan­dria.

What to do

DC is a com­pact city and the gov­ern­ment build­ings and ma­jor land­marks, like the White House and Capitol, are all in one place – the sprawl­ing park­land of the Na­tional Mall. One of the best ways to see ev­ery­thing is a half-day tour with Bike and Roll DC (bike­an­drolldc.com) – it’s su­per flat and less ex­haust­ing than walk­ing and your guide will take you to all the fa­mous spots. To ex­plore the area, head to DC’S trendy new Wharf area, where a river­boat wa­ter taxi (po­tomacriver­boatco.com) gives you quick and easy ac­cess to other parts of DC and be­yond, from his­toric Ge­orge­town (where An­gelina stays when she’s in town) to Alexan­dria, across the river in Vir­ginia.

The lat­ter is a pretty town, both full of his­tory and packed with in­de­pen­dent stores sell­ing ev­ery­thing from vin­tage gear to mod­ern craft. Check out local artist stu­dios at the Tor­pedo Fac­tory Art Cen­ter or visit one of the many amaz­ing bars and restau­rants. You’ll see why it was

Barack and Michelle Obama’s favourite date-night spot when they were in the White House.

If de­signer shop­ping is more your thing, head across the river to Na­tional Har­bor, home to the fan­tas­tic Tanger Out­lets Mall. This river­front town in Mary­land is also a great place to eat out, or take a ride on the Cap­i­tal Wheel.

Eat this

DC has ev­ery­thing from fine din­ing to street food. Kith and Kin, in the Wharf’’s In­tercon­ti­nen­tal, fea­tures African and Caribbeanin­spired cui­sine. For an af­ford­able treat, try brunch at Fig & Olive in Cen­tral DC. Na­tional Har­bor is an­other great area – try Mex­i­can at Rosa Mex­i­cano.

On a bud­get? Head to DC’S buzzy river­front dis­trict for huge Ital­ian style pizza and cold beers at All Pur­pose Pizze­ria.

Drink at…

Cen­tral DC’S 14th/u Street area has some­thing for ev­ery­one, from swanky cock­tails to all-night danc­ing. Bar Pi­lar has happy hour cock­tails or head to DC9 for live mu­sic and a rooftop bar. The Wharf’s laid­back bars fea­ture glo­ri­ous river views.

Sleep here

Want to stay like the stars? The In­ter­con­tin­ten­tal has river­side views and a newly opened rooftop pool – ru­mour has it

Usher was a re­cent vis­i­tor to the pent­house suite! Prices start from £170 per night.

On a bud­get? Down­river in Alexan­dria, the Kimp­ton Lorien & Spa is a pretty bou­tique ho­tel with prices from £135 per night. It’s a 30 min wa­ter taxi or drive from here to DC it­self.

See DC’S old town via trol­ley bus

An­gelina in Ge­orge­town

See the DC sights from a wa­ter taxi on the Po­tomac

1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave NW – bet­ter known as the White House

Chris Pine and Gal Gadot on set

The Cap­i­tal Wheel at Na­tional Har­bor

Drink in style: DC’S classy bars

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