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It’s a huge weekend in DC, with over 100 different events happening throughout the city and the Metro system preparing for the over 800,000 people estimated to visit. If you’re one of the brave ones visiting DC this weekend – or any other weekend, for that matter — then let us help you get to know the nation’s capital, chockfull of sights, history and amazing food!

1. While you’re touring DC, solve a mystery at The International Spy Museum, which has the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts and immersive activities to enthrall children, as well as adults.

2. Why not stay in style while visiting the city of our country’s power players? Check out our picks for luxury accommodations.

3. Explore the beautifully historic neighborhood of Georgetown, and tour the favorite hangouts of former presidents — such as Bill Clinton, who graduated from Georgetown University in 1968.

4. Go sightseeing at one of the many monuments. Trust us, there are plenty of them – and they’re free!

5. Sip a coffee at Busboys and Poets, near the famous U Street, named for poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the nearby Wardman Park Hotel.

6. Since you’ve traveled to DC to support the president, find out a little more about how the president, himself, travels.

7. Of course you need to eat! Find out what makes DC a great town for foodies with these top restaurants.

Lincoln Inauguration
Photo: Abraham Lincoln’s Inauguration, March 4, 1861 (Library of Congress)

In the 4 months between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and his inauguration on March 4, 1861, momentous changes rocked the foundations of the still-young United States of America. Fearing that Lincoln’s election spelled doom for the South’s slavery-based social and economic system, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas seceded from the Union. The first stirrings of what would eventually become the bloodiest war in American history took place in the standoff between South Carolina and Federal troops over Fort Sumter. In his First Inaugural Address Lincoln attempted to steer a course of compromise, but by then the path to Civil War had reached the point of no return.

March 4, 2011, marks the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s historic inauguration, and several events are planned around the country to mark the occasion. From Washington, DC, to the Chickamauga Battlefield, commemorative lectures, performances and parades are scheduled. Check out our slideshow of Lincoln destinations to plan your own Lincoln-themed vacation. And don’t forget the other presidents — we’ve got that covered, too.

JFK Inauguration

Today marks 50 years since the historic inauguration of John F. Kennedy, at the time the youngest president ever elected and the first Roman Catholic. His Inauguration speech was a call to action for a new generation; its most famous line: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country will do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Watch the whole speech, courtesy of C-Span.

And don’t miss our commemorative slideshow of the significant events and places in Kennedy’s life. If you’d like to make JFK’s 50th a part of your travel plans for this year, there are special events and exhibits planned at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of one of JFK’s most lasting accomplishments, the establishment of the Peace Corps.  Check the Peace Corps website, for a complete listing of special events across the U.S.

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