I’ve always loved Washington DC – the architecture, the landscape, everything. And even though I’ve visited many times, some for business and others for taking family or friends around on a tour, I’ve never stayed overnight to enjoy it for successive days in a row. I’ve told numerous people that if A ever wanted to live in a city (which will never happen), I’d pick DC. Recently, I had the chance to spend a weekend there with my sister so we went wild. We walked all over from Massachusetts Avenue to the Smithsonian area and the next day over to Georgetown. We enjoyed various restaurants (we were definitely a bit bummed to miss out on a few on our list but I guess you can only eat so much, eh?). So I’ve put together a list of things to do in Washington DC for you that revolve around spending a weekend in the city.
WHAT TO SEE
Monuments – There are numerous monuments scattered throughout DC but my favorite ones are the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. All are extremely photogenic so make sure you at least add those to your list!
Smithsonian Museums – The Smithsonian Museums are all free. That’s right. FREE. This is one of my favorite things about DC – really good museums for free. There aren’t many places like that around the USA so make sure you take advantage of it. My favorites would have to be the Air & Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Massachusetts Avenue – You can choose to drive Mass. Ave or you can walk it but it’s fun for a quick drive just to see all the embassies. IMO it’s fascinating to see how the architecture of each embassy differs from country to country.
Georgetown – You name any store, Georgetown has got it. If you’re looking for a shopping weekend, make sure you put Georgetown at the top of your bucket list. Aside from the great shopping, Georgetown is extremely charming and very picturesque.
Sunday morning farmer’s market – Fresh flowers, local produce, honey, jam, bread, pastries, the list goes on. The Sunday morning farmer’s market on Massachusetts Ave is plain old fun. Wander throughout each section but be careful, you’ll probably end up spending way more time and money on delicious goods than you were planning on!
WHERE TO EAT
Founding Farmers – High ratings for a reason. Founding Farmers not only has the best name but it offers amazing food and a hipster atmosphere to hang out in with friends. The chicken salad is fabulous. If you decide to get the chocolate cake, make sure you share it. It’s literally enough for three people.
Le Diplomat – I fell in love with the charm of Le Diplomat. It totally gives off a French vibe and the outdoor seating is too cute. Try the polenta with poached eggs and make sure you eat some of the complimentary bread (the fruit/nut one) they bring you. It is to die for.
Un Je Ne Sais Quoi – This French coffee shop deserves a visit. Not only is the coffee authentically European (aka they know how to make a latte), but they rock at making their speciality, the Merveilleux, a French meringue with chocolate and cream.
Baked & Wired – I know everyone recommends this place and it does have good cupcakes but IMO I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here. I did include it because their coffee is excellent. However, I’d save the calories and enjoy dessert elsewhere (unless you LOOOOVE cupcakes).
Station Kitchen & Cocktails – Located inside the Embassy Row Hotel, Station Kitchen offers an eclectic atmosphere and delicious drinks. It’s a fun place to meet up after dinner and it’s open late!
WHERE TO STAY
Embassy Row Hotel – Embassy Row Hotel is the perfect choice for a weekend stay in Washington DC. It is ideally located on Massachusetts Avenue and is far enough away from the masses of tourists yet sits between the Smithsonian/Monument area of DC and Georgetown. If you are averse to walking, then you can easily opt for public transport or taxi to get you to the right section. We love walking and enjoyed the trek from one place to the next.
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*Thanks to Embassy Row for providing me with a complimentary stay*