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Why You Should Get to Know Washington, D.C. Before Inauguration Day

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President Barack Obama delivered a literal mic drop at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and everyone from fake Washingtonians like Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn of Scandal to models like Adriana Lima and actors Morgan Freeman and Tom Hiddleston were there to witness it. This fall, the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African-American History and Culture opened its doors with a ceremony that welcomed Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, and Janelle Monáe. Model Natalia Vodianova has been spotted on the streets of Georgetown. But come January 20, protesters will descend on the American capital to demonstrate in front of the inauguration of former reality television star and business mogul Donald Trump. The White House Correspondents’ Dinner will certainly take a different tone next year. Get to know the city before Inauguration Day through the best celebrity Instagrams.

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Janelle Monáe at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Photo by @janellemonae.

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President Barack Obama enjoying the fall foliage. Photo by @barackobama.

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Lupita Nyong’o with David Oyelowo and Tendo Nagenda at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, where Queen of Katwe screened. Photo by @lupitanyongo.

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Model Natalia Vodianova in Georgetown. Photo by @natasupernova.

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Kerry Washington with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Photo by @kerrywashington.

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Football player Darren Walls in Washington, D.C. Photo by @dwalls2nd.

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Musician and actress Janina at the Lincoln Memorial. Photo by @janina.

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First Lady Michelle Obama with several students in the White House garden. Photo by @michelleobama.

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Actor Morgan Freeman with model Adriana Lima at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Photo by @adrianalima.

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Ava Duvernay with David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Janelle Monáe, and more at the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Photo by @directher.

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Tom Hiddleston at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Photo by @joshuahorowitz.

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Fake president Tony Goldwyn with IRL president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Photo by @tonygoldwyn.

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The band Two Door Cinema Club ahead of a show in Washington, D.C. Photo by @twodoorcinemaclub.

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Electronic musician Softest Hard before a concert in Washington, D.C. Photo by @softest.hard.