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  • www.mountvernon.org: Click on “Visitor’s Guide” for daily attrac- tions at Mount Vernon and a calendar of events, as well as informa- tion on dining, shopping, and school programs. For a sneak preview, click on “Mansion Tour” to see images of the master bedroom, din- ing room, slave memorial, and the Washingtons’ tomb.

  • www.nps.gov/nacc: This National Park Service site includes links to about a dozen memorials and monuments. Among the links: the Wash- ington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Ford’s Theatre, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • www.house.gov: Once you’re in the U.S. House of Representatives site, click on “Visiting D.C.” to learn more about touring the Capitol building. From here, click on “The House Chamber,” where you can get a view of the chamber where the House meets and learn whether the House is in session. The site also connects you with the Web pages for each of the representatives; you can use this site to e-mail your representative.

  • www.senate.gov: In the U.S. Senate site, click on “Visitors Center“ for an online virtual tour of the Capitol building and information about touring the actual Senate Gallery. It takes a few seconds for the images to download, but it’s worth the wait to enjoy the panoramic video tour. Also, find out when the Senate is in session. The site connects you with the Web pages for each of the senators; you can use this site to e-mail your senator.

  • www.whitehouse.gov: You’ll find all sorts of links here, from those for Congressional Tours, to Web pages for each U.S. president, to archived White House documents, to an e-mail page you can use to contact the president or vice president.

  • www.metwashairports.com: Ground transport, terminal maps, flight status, and airport facilities for Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports.

  • www.bwiairport.com: Ground transport, terminal maps, flight status, and airport facilities for Baltimore–Washington International Airport.

  • www.wmata.com: Timetables, maps, fares, and more for the Metro buses and subways that serve the Washington, D.C., metro area.

trendy Latin/Caribbean food. Another good choice: Kinkead’s, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (& 202/296-7700), a terrific splurge choice for a special occa- sion. See p. 128 and 148.

  • Best View: Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (& 202/ 347-6848), whose awning-covered sidewalk in summer becomes enclosed in winter, is a fine spot for

viewing the sights along Pennsyl- vania Avenue all year round. Or consider one of the restaurants at the Kennedy Center (at the southern end of New Hampshire Ave. NW, and Rock Creek Pkwy.;

& 202/416-8555): its Roof Ter- race, Hors D’Oeuvrerie, or KC

Café, where immense windows provide a sweeping panoramic view of the Potomac River and

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