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Fritz's Favorite Places That are NOT Bars or Restaurants

Because, as hard as I try, I can't be on the job all the time.


The Kogod courtyard is my favorite indoor space in D.C. -- the sinuous curve of the roof, the earthy smell of the plants, the relaxing sound of water.


The humidity and serenity of the main hall make a perfect break from the rest of the Mall, especially in winter.


Not as epic as memorials to Lincoln or Jefferson, but the combination of fountains and statues makes for one of the best presidential tributes in Washington.


Decades ago, couples slow-danced to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey in the Spanish Ballroom. Now a whole new generation of dancers swing out in the historic (and recently renovated) building.


The world's sixth-largest cathedral is a wonderful building to explore, and the terraced Bishop's Garden is a relaxing escape on pleasant afternoons.


The beauty and power of the falls is best observed from the Virginia side, which also offers picnic areas, rocky overlooks and scenic trails.


Not just for the National Opera and National Symphony, but for the broad waterfront terrace, where I head at intermission for people-watching and gazing at the garish Rosslyn skyline.


I'm not sure there's a better place to see a play than the Folger's replica of a 17th-century theater -- especially if you're sitting in the cramped upstairs balcony.


This beautiful Doric temple, designed as a bandstand in 1924, honors D.C. residents who served in the Great War. Its sadly shabby condition makes it even more evocative of an ancient ruin.

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