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One Day in DC

Bryan Voltaggio has a lot on his plate. In addition to competing on the current season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, the DC-based chef is penning his second cookbook, Home, and, recently opened his fourth restaurant, Range, a sprawling American eatery in Chevy Chase that’s earning rave reviews. We caught up with the talented toque and discovered his ideal day in DC is all about family.

Bryan Voltaggio

9am Take a peek at the latest exhibits at the International Spy Museum. “My son, Thacher, loves the gift shop most of all,” says Voltaggio. “He has a toy infrared alarm system from there set up in our basement. It shoots Nerf pellets at me when I come down the stairs and trigger it!” 800 F St. NW, 202.393.7798, spymuseum.org

11am “We always have to go to the National Museum of Natural History. One word: dinosaurs.” Voltaggio’s two kids are fans of the Dinosaurs: Reptiles–Masters of Land fossil exhibit. 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, 202.633.1000, mnh.si.edu

12:30pm Stop at Central Michel Richard for lunch. “It’s personable food that appeals to everyone.” Reservations suggested, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.626.0015, centralmichelrichard.com

2pm “We walk over to the Washington Monument and let the kids burn off some steam running around outside.” On the National Mall, nps.gov/wamo

3pm “My wife loves Georgetown Cupcake, so we make a pit stop there to get her fix.” 3301 M St. NW, 202.333.8448, georgetowncupcake.com

4pm “Thacher likes anything that moves fast, so we head to the National Zoo to see the otters zip through the water. My daughter, Piper, digs the snakes and reptiles.” 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.633.2614, nationalzoo.si.edu

6pm Dig in to an early dinner at the 14th Street haute spot Le Diplomate. “Bistro-brasserie style cuisine is great for families because we can always find something healthy for Piper and Thacher.” Reservations suggested, 1601 14th St. NW, 202.332.3333, lediplomatedc.com

8:30pm Check in at the W Hotel for a luxe overnight. “We splurge on two rooms so we can put the kids to bed in one, and my wife and I order nightcaps from room service in the other.” 515 15th St. NW, 202.661.2400, wwashingtondc.com