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CNN’s Dana Bash on what to do, where to go and what to see when in town for the Presidential Inauguration weekend

Dana Bash
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The 2017 Presidential Inauguration will take place in the nation's capital on Friday, January 20, 2017. In town for the event and are wondering what sights you should absolutely hit? CNN Chief Political Correspondent and DC resident Dana Bash has got you covered, laying out a schedule of activities for the days after the Inauguration that will guide you through the city like a true local.

DAY 1: Saturday, January 21

Morning
Stroll through the monuments, of course. My favorite route is starting at the Lincoln memorial, then crossing the street and walking along the Potomac to the FDR, then making your way inside the Tidal Basin toward the MLK memorial. They’re all very close to one another and it’s all so beautiful.

Afternoon
Go to the Georgetown Harbor for lunch. There are several restaurants right on the waterfront that are spectacular. Fiola Mare is delicious. Sitting by the Potomac and looking out at the Kennedy Center and the Watergate is lovely and iconic D.C.

Evening
Washington has amazing sunsets. Find some place high, like the W Hotel (formerly the historic Hotel Washington), to have a drink and admire.

DAY 2: Sunday, January 22

Morning
Arlington National Cemetery. It is a must-see and the changing of the guard is magnificent, as is the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame.

Afternoon
Cross the river back to D.C. and have lunch on Capitol Hill. There are lots of great restaurants on the House and Senate side, and it’s a great place to people watch. After lunch, take a tour of the Capitol. Perhaps I’m biased because I have spent so many years walking those halls, but it is so dynamic and filled with history—not to mention real time drama.

Evening
An early dinner anywhere on the 14th street corridor, and then go see the monuments at night. They are magical all lit up.

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