Travel Advisor Corner: All Eyes Are On Washington

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There’s a lot more happening in DC than the election. The District is abuzz with museum openings, new restaurants, hotel deals and an all-around air of excitement.

Here’s just a sampling of what your clients will appreciate you sharing with them.

On the museum front…the biggest headline news has been the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Don’t assume your clients can just show up, however. As we go to press, time-slot tickets are available for visiting between January and March 2017. Get online or call before making any promises. Do note that there are some same-day tickets available starting at 9:15 a.m. daily. Have your clients arrive at least 45 minutes to an hour in advance to wait in the same-day line.

Also noteworthy, the National Gallery of Art has just reopened its East Building, after a 3-year-long renovation. Make sure you tell your clients about the gigantic cobalt blue rooster on the roof terrace, a nearly 15-ft.-high sculpture by Katharina Fritsch. Destined to become the most Instagramed site in town, it’s definitely worth posing next to. Steps away is the Calder exhibition, a room filled with the artist’s mobiles and whimsical figures.

When it comes to dining…the restaurant scene is booming in DC. Three neighborhoods are especially hot for foodies including Shaw, which has had more than a dozen restaurants open since 2015 and the 14th Street corridor: from Thomas Circle Park to Florida Ave NW, which has had no fewer than 30 restaurants open in the last five years. Barracks Row, a street on Capitol Hill with a Main Street USA feel, is home to several of DC’s most progressive restaurants including two opened by local chef Aaron Silverman: Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple & Pearls.

As for hotels…many are offering election season packages. Our favorite is The Dupont Circle Hotel’s Slice of the City: Your Vote, Your Stay Package whereby  guests can enjoy all sorts of political perks and VIP treatment, choosing either a Democrat- or Republican-themed stay.

Be your client’s Washington insider and they’ll be coming back to you for more.

Susan Farewell is the owner of Farewell Travels LLC (, a travel design firm based in Westport, CT. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @FarewellTravels.