Top Things to See and Do in the District
It’s finally spring! As a way to kick off the season of color, I decided to make my way down to Washington D.C. over the weekend to see the famous cherry blossoms in full bloom, while exploring some of our nation’s gems.
The drive from North Jersey to D.C. is around 4.5 to 5 hours, so I made the road trip with my family to visit my cousin Sophie who goes to school in the city. I had such a great two days visiting historical and national monuments, adventuring through cute neighborhoods and eating my way through the district.
Even though I saw and did a lot in just two days, I could’ve easily spent a longer time in D.C. Since spring is the perfect time to travel to the capital, we have a great long-weekend getaway that we are showcasing this week (see below) and I am so excited to share some additional fun to add to your D.C. itinerary!
The Georgetown area in D.C. is a charming and quaint neighborhood that everyone adores. Not only will you find some of the most amazing cupcakes (from Georgetown Cupcake) in this neighborhood; you will also find high-end restaurants, cute cafés, great shopping and Federal-style architecture to admire for days! In addition, this great area also offers a waterfront where you can catch gorgeous views of the Potomac River.
D.C.’s National Mall is home to some of the most iconic monuments in our nation. In this area of the city, you can find the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, World War II Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian Museums and so much more! Enjoy a stroll around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
The Tidal Basin in D.C. is a partially man-made reservoir that leads out to the Potomac River. This area is the perfect place to walk around and admire the beautiful cherry blossom trees in the spring and you can also rent paddleboats and enjoy the day on the water! This area is also where you can find Thomas Jefferson’s memorial.
Visit a Museum:
D.C. is not only known for its historical monuments and memorials; it is also known for its great museums! Not only could you find some of the best museums in the district; many of them are free! During my time in the city, I enjoyed wandering through the Hirschhorn, a modern art museum. Here is a list of must-see museums in D.C.
- National Air & Space Museum
- National Gallery of Art
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Museum of American History
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- National Museum of Natural History
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Renwick Gallery
As one of the biggest cities to brunch in, there are a plethora of great options to choose from! According to Thrillist, here are the top DC brunch spots to hit up during your trip. I personally loved Founding Farmers! Their chicken and waffles were amazing.
- Blue Duck Tavern
- Iron Gate
- Open City
- DC Harvest
- Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen
- Bar Pilar
- Kafe Leopold & Konditorei
- Room 11
- Beuchert’s Saloon
- Le Diplomate
- Mintwood Place
- Union Market
- Boundary Stone
- A Baked Joint
- Little Red Fox
- Tiger Fork
- Joselito Casa De Comidas
- Founding Farmers
- Farmers Fishers Bakers
Go to a Winery:
In and around the district are award winning urban and vineyard wineries that you will fall in love with. Here is a list of some of the best wineries that are only a stone throw away from downtown D.C.
- District Winery, Ana at District Winery, Washington D.C.
- The Urban Winery, Silver Spring, MD
- Cape Venture Wine Co., Washington D.C.
- The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, VA
- Stone Tower Winery, Leesburg, VA
- Boxwood Estate Winery, Middleburg, VA
- Sunset Hills Vineyard LLC, Purceville, VA
It wouldn’t be a trip to D.C. without seeing the White House! This beautiful white home to our current and past presidents attracts people from all over the globe. Regardless of what your political views are, it is so cool to see the White House in person because every single U.S. president lived there dating back to the 18th century.
Stroll through Cute Neighborhoods and Eat:
Each area in D.C. offers a different culture (similar to NYC) as well as different architecture. Escape the tourist traps and venture into some of D.C.’s best neighborhoods. It is within these charming areas where you can find some of the best restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. My favorite areas in D.C. were Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Shaw.
- Adams Morgan
- Dupont Circle
- Foggy Bottom
- Logan Circle
- Navy Yard
- Southwest Waterfront
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