Best Museum Rendezvous

The Reynolds Center’s Kogod Courtyard
8th and F Streets NW
In 1865, the Reynolds Center’s courtyard held President Lincoln’s second inaugural ball. Almost 150 years later, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard is still accommodating the people of Washington, though now you’ll find coffee cups and laptops instead of fancy dresses and feasts. The gorgeous courtyard, which joins the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, is an ideal spot to spend your lunch break if you work around Gallery Place (there’s a café inside the courtyard). Free WiFi means you can hold meetings amid the beautiful surroundings, which are designed to make visitors feel like they’re outside—there are trees and “pools” of water that reflect the wavy glass ceiling. Pop in in the evenings and you can often catch a free musical performance—a festive spirit lives on in this space.