Capital Bikeshare itinerary: Arty afternoon

There are any number of reasons to combine a museum-filled afternoon with bicycling: You can cover more ground, not to mention get much-needed fresh air after spending so much time in the carefully regulated interiors of the Hirshhorn and the Corcoran. An even bigger plus? A little pedaling may undo the curious leg strain reaped from the museum shuffle. Route: 2.5 miles; travel time without stops: 16 minutes
 
 
 
 
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Art Museum of the Americas

201 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20006  | 202-370-0147  |  Web site »

Start at the lesser-known Art Museum of the Americas for a look at a permanent collection touting works from Latin America and the Caribbean. At the moment, there is also a pair of special exhibitions, including installations by five contemporary Chilean artists.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005  | 202-783-5000  |  Web site »

Pick up a bicycle at the station at 19th and E streets NW and drop it off at 13th Street and New York Avenue NW to visit the Museum of Women in the Arts. That destination, with a permanent collection featuring Judith Leyster, Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt, proves that women are more than mere muses. And through this weekend, there's an exhibition of work by the crusading Guerrilla Girls.

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Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

Eighth and F streets NW, Washington, DC 20001  | 202-633-1000

Return to the 13th Street station and bike to Seventh and F streets NW to visit the Donald W. Reynolds Center, which houses the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. After a tour of the special exhibition highlights -- "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter" and "The Great American Hall of Wonders" -- head to the lovely architecture and peaceful atmosphere of the Kogod Courtyard to refuel with snacks and beverages.

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Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC 20560  | 202-633-1000  |  Web site »

Pick up a bike at the same station and head south to drop it off on L'Enfant Plaza at Seventh and C streets SW. Pay a visit to the Hirshhorn Museum for an education in modern art with the temporary show "Andy Warhol: Shadows," consisting of 102 canvases that cover 450 feet of museum wall space.

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