When you are not participating in the Public Policy Institute, we encourage you to explore Washington, DC. Most of the museums and monuments in DC are free to visitors and accessible by metro. To visit the free museums and monuments take the Blue or Orange line trains from Foggy Bottom Metro Station five stops to the Smithsonian Metro station. Many are open in the late afternoons and evenings and information about all the sites can be accessed at the National Park Service: National Mall and Memorial Parks or visit Washington DC Travel to see other great sights.
As with any other big city, we encourage people who are exploring in the evenings to travel in groups vs. venturing out on your own.
Barcode Restaurant, a modern American restaurant, bar and lounge in the heart of Foggy Bottom.
1101 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 Ph: 202-955-9001
Circa, a local bistro serving great food, great drinks and a great time. Circa at Foggy Bottom offers an extensive wine list and original cocktails for every season.
2221 I Street, NW #300, Washington, DC 20037 Ph: 202-506-5589
Café La Ruche, a charming Georgetown bistro, offers patrons the choice of dining al fresco. The cafe prepares traditional French favorites. The quiche dishes are especially tasty. Be sure to leave room for dessert—the various tarts and cakes are too delicious to pass up.
1039 31st St Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 Ph: 202-965-2684
Shear Madness has been running at the Kennedy Center for over ten years—and for good reason. This laugh-riot comedy invites the audience to play detective, and offers a different hilarious ending every night. If you love murder mysteries or comedy, this one's for you.
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566 Tickets and Information: 800-444-1324
For over 30 years, the Blues Alley Jazz Club has brought cool jazz to warm DC nights—regardless of the weather. Some of the very best have blown their horns (or saxophones or pianos or whatever) at this popular night spot, including Nancy Wilson, Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis, and yes, the irrepressible Maynard Ferguson.
1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007 Tel: (202) 337-4141
Watch past participants of the GW/NASP Public Policy Institute describe their experience in Washington, DC and the impact the Institute has had on their careers.
General questions about PPI:
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