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What’s your favorite lesser-known spot in the area?

You did it! You survived the long July holiday weekend in Washington, possibly while battling tourist hordes at the city’s most notable (and overrun) sights. Earlier this summer, Style readers shared their favorite tips for how to avoid crowds — and avoid the monotony of yet another Saturday looking at dinosaurs. We’re continuing to share those recommendations. Enjoy a summer off the beaten path.

Do you have a favorite lesser-known spot? Tell us about it at

Julie Buckley-Ess likes to take visitors to the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. But her best tip for managing out-of-town guests: Just leave them alone. That is, drop them off at the National Air and Space Museum — which she says she has seen too many times — and go next door to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. “It has some awesome exhibits and I have never found it crowded,” she wrote. “If you don’t like modern art and just want some peace and quiet,” Buckley-Ess recommends the sitting area on the third floor of the museum, which has an excellent view of the mall.

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