We just got back from Washington D.C. and I wanted to put together an easy list so you can get some ideas of what to do while you are there! You would have to be there for weeks in order to do and see everything, but I did as much as possible in the 3 days that I spent there. Below you’ll find a list of things we did, places we ate, tips on getting around the city as well as where we stayed.
THINGS WE DID
- The White House
- The White House is closed for tours during the month of August. Any other time you should be able to get one as long as you go through your Member of Congress at least 21 days prior.
- Washington Monument
- Top of Washington Monument
- Tickets are free and the ticket booth opens at 8:30 am. Make sure you’re in line no later than 7:00 am or you may not get a ticket for the day!
- Top of Washington Monument
- Lincoln Memorial
- Washington National Cathedral
- C&O Canal
- Smithsonian Castle
- Museum of American History
- Museum of Natural History
- National Air and Space Museum
- Engraving and Printing tour
- Tickets are free and the ticket booth opens at 8:00 am. I would also recommend getting in line by 7:00 am to ensure a ticket for the day.
- Arlington Cemetery
- DC at Dark
- The Capitol
- FCR Memorial
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
- Iwo Jima
- and many more!
WHERE WE ATE
- The Dubliner– This is located near Union Station and was recommended to us by a local. I actually got the salmon, but it was really good. A couple others got the shepherd’s pie, which they really liked.
- Founding Farmers– This came highly recommended and for good reason. We started with the skillet corn bread and that was quite possibly the best corn bread I’ve ever had. For my meal, I got salmon (again) and it was good. My mom got the goat cheese ravioli, which ended up being her favorite meal of the trip.
- The Fish Market (located in Old Town Alexandria)- We went here the night we went into Old Town. My mom had been here previously and loved it. The seafood is so fresh! On Wednesday they have a lobster special where you can get a pound and a half of lobster for only $20! I ended up getting the clam chowder and jumbo lump crab cakes. I don’t eat crab cakes regularly, but they were definitely the best I’d had.
- Boundary Road- Again, this had great reviews and was recommended by a local. Unfortunately, we were still full from lunch, so we ended up getting small salads with a side of fries. I know, super random, but everything was really good.
- Union Market– This is a foodie HEAVEN! It reminded me a lot like Chelsea Market in NYC, but a lot smaller. I walked around to each place and decided to get a salad from TaKorean and finished with a shake from Trickling Springs Creamery. Good freaking luck deciding what to eat- I’d recommend going on an empty stomach 🙂
- MXDC– Hands down the best Mexican food I’ve ever had and most definitely my favorite meal of the trip. I got the traditional guac and carne asada tacos. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again…
- Roti– This is similar to a “Mediterranean” Chipotle. It’s a healthy option to grab and go if you’re pinched for time. I got the chicken salad with almost everything on it.
- Baked & Wired– Oh, just the cutest bakery you’ll ever see. I went specifically for the donut muffin (only available on certain days of the week), but everything they had looked yummy. I’m now regretting not getting a cupcake because they looked delicious and they were huge!
- Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken– I know- such a random combo, right? I went for the crème brulee doughnut and it was one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. It was filled with cream and the top was perfectly “bruleed” to give it a nice crunch. I also got the peach vanilla (seasonal), vanilla bean and salted caramel. I devoured them all (with some help) like they were going out of style. I can’t comment on the fried chicken, but it smelled delicious!
I would strongly advise that you get reservations, especially for dinner! These places get extremely busy and I don’t know about you, but I don’t necessarily like eating at 10 or 11 at night 🙂
HOW TO GET AROUND
I actually bought a multiple day pass for the metro, but it’s pretty pricey and honestly, used it much less than I thought I would. It may be a necessity depending on where your hotel is, but I found there are much more convenient methods of transportation around the city. We utilized the Capital Bikeshare one of the days and they worked out really well. There are over 3000 bikes and 350 stations, so you can easily ride from place to place and still find a station to dock your bike nearby. We liked these because like I said, they’re convenient and they’re much quicker than walking! I would also recommend buying a pass to a “hop on, hop off” bus tour. This allows you to get on and off the bus as you wish, but still takes you around to all the places you’ll want to go to. I found that everything is A LOT farther than I would think. I walked an average of 10 miles per day, sometimes more, sometimes less, and I was exhausted by the end of the trip. It is extremely important you wear comfortable shoes because you’ll end up walking miles a day regardless of it you use the bikes or bus tours.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at the Residence Inn in Dupont Circle. This was a great location that was close to “downtown”, but also close to Georgetown (which is where I spent a lot of time).
This is simply an overview of the 3 days I spent in Washington D.C., but you can find my breakdown of day one here, day two here, and day three here. I love to research places and recommendations before leaving for my trip, so I have a general idea of what I want to do while I’m there. I hope you find some useful tips from this and feel free to share (pin) it so others can get some ideas, too! It’s Friday y’all- have a fAB one 🙂