Photo by Thom Ostrowski
Staying at the Hay-Adams almost feels like you’re in the guest quarters for the White House. (In fact, the Obamas stayed at the hotel for two weeks before the 2009 inauguration, enjoying a glorious view of their future home through Lafayette Square’s winter trees.) Don’t miss the chance to walk across the park to the wide, car-free stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue and admire the graceful and symmetrical White House, surprisingly modest in size given its historic significance. Noisy totems of our democracy abound: Protesters, conspiracy theorists, and placards share the space with tourists, police, and locals biking or walking through. Observing this distinctly American floorshow, one is reminded of FDR’s words, “I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people…”
By Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
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1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA