You're one in nearly two million heading to D.C. this weekend, but don't get lost in the crowd.
Though Washington's 90,000 area hotel rooms are filled to the brim, last-minute tourists can attempt to scoop up potential cancellations or vacancies by calling 800-422-8644, a clearinghouse for hotel availability.
Whether you're living in luxury or crashing on a couch, take some tips from the locals on where to go for a full morning breakfast or a warm evening cocktail. During the busy and exciting hours in between, lace up your walking shoes and enjoy the city, from the H and U Street corridors to Georgetown, Adams Morgan and Capitol Hill.
Metro is running on a rush-hour schedule from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Inauguration Day. Stations closest to the festivities will be closed for security reasons Tuesday until after the parade. Others close to inaugural balls will close early. For details, visit Metroopensdoors.com.
For the latest information on the MARC train to and from Maryland, click here.
Tabard Inn: A living room fireplace and wood-beamed ceilings make this cozy downtown inn an ideal cranny in which to slip out of the cold weather. Winter cocktails include warm apple cider with rum, Irish coffee and hot buttered rum. The Tabard Inn is hosting its own small inaugural ball Tuesday night. The bar and restaurant on the first floor will also be open for extended hours Friday through Tuesday, serving dinner until 11p.m. and light fare and cocktails until midnight.
Just south of Dupont Circle. 1739 N St. NW, (202) 331-8528.
Murphy's: A neighborhood Irish pub wedged between the enormous hotels that flank Woodley Park, Murphy's fireplace makes the bar a good getaway for Shepard's Pie and drink specials. Murphy's has extended inauguration hours, open from 9 a.m.- 4 a.m. from Friday through Tuesday. Also on tap: Live entertainment Friday through Monday, starting at 9 p.m.
Woodley Park. 2609 24th St NW, (202) 462-7171
Old Ebbitt Grill: Ulysses, Grover, Warren and Teddy drank here. Since 1856, presidents and Washingtonians have arrived at the establishment known as D.C.'s first saloon. This weekend, Old Ebbitt is open Friday through Tuesday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. The restaurant is closed for a private event Tuesday during the parade but reopens for dinner that night at 6 p.m. On Sunday night, Old Ebbitt is also the venue for the public Red Goes Blue Inaugural Bash, hosted by Young Lawyers for Obama. Other than that, it's good business as usual. "We're geared up for what we always do best, just expecting lots of people," said managing director David Moran.
Penn Quarter. 675 15th St. NW. (202) 347-4800
If you're cheering on the Steelers Sunday as they battle the Ravens for the AFC championship, best to head to the Pour House on Capitol Hill. (Local Steelers fans will tell you if you want to cheer on the Ravens, feel free to head north to Baltimore.) The Pour House has pierogies on the menu, Pittsburgh paraphernelia on the walls and enough TVs to let you watch the game from every angle. (If you're cheering on the president-elect a day or two later, the Pour House will be opening at 8 a.m. Monday and Tuesday for breakfast to accommodate inaugural crowds.)
Capitol Hill. 319 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, (202) 546-1001
We Are One Concert: Perhaps your best bet for star spotting is Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the free "We Are One" concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Among those in the lineup of all lineups rocking the inauguration are Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Usher and Garth Brooks, to name just a few.
Lincoln Memorial, Jan. 18.
Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball: The unofficial Tuesday night ball is already sold out at the Harman Center for the Arts, but those lucky enough to attend will be among the stars. Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Marcia Cross and Ashley Judd are among many celebs stepping into their gowns for the event. Actors slated to join in include Josh Lucas, Blair Underwood, Adrian Grenier and Spike Lee.
Bourbon: Two words: Chili Mac. The perfect combination will warm you up before trekking downtown or satiate you after these historic days. Brunch at Bourbon begins early at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Because weekly mayhem is typical in Adams Morgan, the neighborhood establishments have agreed not to stay open as late as 4 a.m. other than on Tuesday night. At the restaurant and bar's location in Glover Park, a more mature neighborhood crowd is allowed to stay out late, with closing time at 4 a.m.
Adams Morgan. 2321 18th St. NW, (202) 332-0800
Glover Park. 2348 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (202) 625-7770
Sonoma Wine Bar: Just a few days away from the big weekend, it could be hard getting a reservation Tuesday night at Sonoma but the owners have extended their hours for the inaugural weekend to accommodate the crowd flow. Opening Monday morning at 10 a.m. and Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. for an earlier brunch, Sonoma will be open all afternoon and ready to bend with the needs of a wine-loving crowd. With two flat screens on the second floor and another available at the downstairs bar, if the crowds discourage you from trying to make it to the Mall on Tuesday morning, wine lovers might find this cozy Capitol Hill favorite a good second option.
Capitol Hill. 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202) 544-8088
Horace and Dickies Seafood Carryout:
If they seem unfazed by the crowds at Horace and Dickie's, it's because they are. Founded in 1989, Horace and Dickies isn't unfamiliar to hordes of people clamoring for a bite at their door. In fact, the quick stop seafood shack in Northeast D.C.'s H Street corridor says they're not doing anything special for inauguration, just serving up their affordable Southern soul food from 10 a.m. to midnight like they always do. Over the dinner din, a manager laughingly told ABC News, "We're used to the crowds!" Between the deep fryers and the regulars, it's close quarters at Horace and Dickies, so expect to stay as long as your fish fry and the line out the door will allow.
H Street Corridor. 809 12th St NE, (202) 397-6040
Jumbo Slice: Whether it's for an early lunch or a snack on your late night stumble home, there's only one Jumbo Slice pizza and you'll find it in Adams Morgan at Pizza Mart 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day of the week. For the past 14 years, it has been the original slice the size of your head, really, and the owners say they're stocked and ready for the inaugural crowds, with a few extra items on the menu just for this inauguration.
Adams Morgan. 2445 18th St NW, Sun-Sat 11a.m. - 3a.m.