An insider view of what’s essential in Washington, D.C.
Windswept skies above the memorials and rosy-cheeked folks sporting warm woolen mittens. These are some of the signs of February in the nation’s capital. The invigorating chill in the air makes us want to move, or more precisely to glide, around one of our charming outdoor skating rinks (page 4). And when it’s time to warm up, there are indoor attractions aplenty. For Black History Month, we survey sites that honor the experiences of African Americans (page 6), including the new—and extremely popular—Smithsonian museum. ( Visit the website, nmaahc.si.edu, at 6:30 a.m. for same-day, timed-entry passes.) If you’re feeling lucky, head to the new MGM National Harbor for a bit of Vegas-style gambling and much more (page 8). Then unwind with an exquisite hand-crafted cocktail (page 9). Even if you have only limited time, we can show you how to make the most of it at a top D.C. destination.