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Seven of the best home away from home hotels

Honesty kitchens, cosy communal living rooms and pillows that are just right… Hannah Hudson tracks down the best places for a ‘home suite home’ break

Political bites: where the world’s leaders lunch

They might get ridiculed for their unusual public eating habits, but that’s not to say that the world’s presidents and prime ministers don’t have good taste. Lauren Steventon reveals where the most powerful people refuel between budget meetings and political summits

50 states in 52 weeks: five beaches within driving distance of Washington DC

It might be the state where the first English settlers established their colonies and have a rich political history, but Virginia also has over 3,300 miles of shoreline packed with sweeping bays, wild trails and sand dunes. Local resident Toni Guagenti picks five that are easily accessible from nearby Washington DC

David Axelrod: a day in the life of Obama’s White House

Barack Obama’s long-time presidential advisor and friend spills the beans on a typical — and not-so-typical — day in the world’s most powerful office

David Axelrod’s Washington

David Axelrod is the ultimate political strategist, with more than 40 years’ experience of US politics — from his days as an investigative journalist to advising his friend, Barack Obama. He gives Alex Rayner an insider’s guide to Washington DC

Nine things to do with kids in Washington DC

If you're taking the whole family to Washington DC, and want things to do that will keep the kids happy, fear not — Lisa Blake has done the legwork for you

Washington: beyond the West Wing

A kindred spirit of Harlem in NYC, Washington’s U Street was known as ‘Black Broadway’ in the 1950s. After a cycle of decline, regeneration and gentrification, Chris Leadbeater finds that the area never really lost its soul

Washington DC: as seen on screen

With its world famous buildings and historic monuments, Washington DC is heaven for filmmakers and TV producers. Here’s where to walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars

Five of the best Washington DC hotels

The top five hotels in the US's capital city, as recommended by travellers on TripAdvisor

Where Washington's politicians lunch

Washington's dining scene has served some of the world's most powerful people. Simon Kelner picks nine of the best restaurants for a business lunch

Washington's power restaurants

Power dining doesn't get much bigger than defusing the Cuban missile crisis over lunch. Even today, the real deals in Washington DC are being brokered in its restaurants. Simon Kelner dines out with the insiders

Open-jaw travel: Washington Dulles to Baltimore

Simon Calder weaves a route through Washington DC, extending to nearby Baltimore

Capturing the Kennedys

For five years, John F Kennedy spent nearly every day with his official photographer, Jacques Lowe. To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, Thomasina Lowe introduces her late father's archive

Seven of the best hotel lounges

A guest lounge is an underrated addition to the modern hotel, says Mark Jones, as he rounds up seven of the best

What sun, sea and sand really do to your brain

The Science Museum Group's Roger Highfield reveals all

Three family days out near Washington DC

Three family-friendly breaks within a few hours' drive of the city

A newer, younger Washington DC

Blame a certain family if you will, but the city's 'stodgy old' brigade of government geeks and policy wonks has been nudged aside and a younger, cooler crowd has moved in. As America goes to the polls this month, Anna Kane searches out the new Washingtonian

City Secrets: Washington

Insider tips from the people that really know - the locals

Washington fast food: Following in Obama's footsteps

Since moving in to the White House, America's First Family have been checking out Washington's fast-food joints. Keen to follow in their footsteps, Viv Groskop takes the Obama 'dog and burger trail'

Washington goes to the movies

Hollywood and Capitol Hill have long been besotted with each other. As the Bush era comes to a close, Justin Webb charts the power and political puppetry on the big screen – and how it all compares with real life