D.C. in Eight Hours
Have an eight-hour layover in DC? Eight hours is certainly not enough but let's maximize those hours. Your day begins with the monuments. After lunch, make a quick stop at Lafayette Square to see the White House, then catch the Metro to the Smithsonian museums or head to the Newseum or the Spy Museum or the Crime and Punishment Museum. Conclude your layover with dinner and a show in Penn Quarter/Chinatown.

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Come for the Mezze, Stay for the Drinks

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Zaytinya is a trendy restaurant in the heart of Penn Quarter, Washington D.C.'s trendiest neighborhood. Zaytinya serves up a variety of Mediterranean tapas inspired by traditional dishes from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey. It also has a selection of wines from Eastern Mediterranean countries and seasonally serves a hot tea with a blooming jasmine flower. Falafel, hummus, and roasted cauliflower are among my favorite menu items. Try the Turkish coffee for weekend brunch.

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by Meena Thiruvengadam
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