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As co-host of CBS This Morning and former Chief White House Correspondent, Norah O’Donnell has interviewed President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the Dalai Lama, Sheryl Sandberg and more. Born in Washington DC, she now splits her time between there and New York City's Upper West Side with restaurateur Geoff Tracy and their 3 young children. As someone who’s prowess, style and lifestyle we so admire, we asked O’Donnell to share her favorite places in the city that has played backdrop to her life so far...

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress holds more than 162 million items in almost every language! We actually spoke with the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on our show CBS This Morning. Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress since the position was created by Thomas Jefferson in 1802 and she is the first woman and first African-American to hold the position!

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Capital Crescent Trail

This is an off-road trail from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, Maryland. It is great for bike riding or hiking with my family on the weekends.

 
 
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Chef Geoff’s

I am married to a chef and he has four restaurants in D.C. If you are a bacon lover like us, you have to try one of his four locations (LIA’S, Chef Geoff’s, CG Tysons, and Dulles International Airport.)

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Holy Trinity Church

President John F. Kennedy and his family frequently worshiped at Holy Trinity. In fact, Kathleen Kennedy and David Townsend got married here in 1973.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

We took our show, CBS This Morning to the National Mall for an inside look at the museum ahead of its opening in September (2016). It is already one of the most popular Smithsonian Museums!

 
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Washington Capitals

My kids and I love grabbing some popcorn and cheering on our hockey team downtown at Capitol One Arena. Go Caps!

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The Tombs

The Tombs is a neighborhood restaurant and was a popular gathering place when I was in college at Georgetown (go Hoyas!) Georgetown alumnus Richard McCooey founded The Tombs in 1962, and named it after a mention in T.S. Eliot's poem "Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town.”

 
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Dog Tag Bakery

This is a cozy spot for a morning scone and a beautiful way to support our veterans. The bakery helps veterans re-enter the workforce by #BakingADifference.

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Rock Creek Park

This is one of my favorite places to go on the weekends. It has miles and miles of running paths!

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Arlington National Cemetery

This is an important place to honor and remember our fallen servicemen and women. Open 365 days a year, it is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest.