“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Capitol Hill is primarily residential, but it's a relaxing escape from tourist congestion along the Mall. Protected by history-honoring residents, Capitol Hill's 100-year-old town homes and tree-lined streets are postcard-perfect. Shakespeareans will revel in the Folger Shakespeare Library, and hardcore book lovers must visit Capitol Hill Books (don't bring your e-reader—they'll kick you out). The Eastern Market is the heart of the area, where vendors sell farm-fresh lunches and the weekend farmers market features seasonal produce from nearby farms. The neighborhood is accessible by the Capitol South and Eastern Market Metro stops.