Turkish Airlines offers one-stop flights (through Istanbul) from Washington Dulles to Ankara.
WHERE TO STAY
3 Tarihi Ankara Kalesi Necatibey Mahallesi Depo Sokak
Luxury boutique hotel in a 16th-century caravansary. Near main historic sites and crafts shops. Also on-site: restaurants, fitness center and attached museum. Rooms from about $150 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Meshur Oltu Kebapcisi
18 Atpazari Meydani
The small family-run restaurant blankets the table with grilled lamb, bowls of pickled and raw veggies, lavas bread and other sides, plus dessert. About $10 for the entire meal.
Cengelhan Museum Brasserie
1 Tarihi Ankara Kalesi Necatibey Mahallesi Depo Sokak
Set in the courtyard of the Rahmi M. Koc Museum, surrounded by artifacts and exhibits. Serves traditional Ottoman dishes, with entrees from about $20.
WHAT TO DO
Anit Caddesi Tandogan
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closes an hour early in winter. Free; $5 for audio guide.
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
2 Gozcu Sokak
Limited exhibits because of renovations. Daily 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. April-October; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November-March. About $7.