DC Weekend Itinerary
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Washington DC is the nation's capital yet it offers more than just political significance, it's also a stunning destination for a quick weekend trip. With an abundance of activities and captivating places to explore, DC promises an unforgettable experience. I'm always thrilled to spend a weekend in DC. Whether you're seeking to immerse yourself in history, savor delectable cuisine or embrace the thriving arts and culture scene, this city has something for everyone.
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Waldorf Astoria Washington DC
An elegant stay housed in the nation's Old Post Office, complete with modern rooms and a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant.
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InterContinental the Willard Washington D.C., an IHG Hotel
Near the White House in the heart of Washington DC, the Willard is an iconic, historic hotel popular amongst presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities alike.
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JW Marriott Washington, DC
Luxe property in downtown DC with upscale rooms and suites.
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Day 1: Friday
After settling into your hotel and getting comfortable, kickstart your weekend adventure by immersing yourself in the iconic National Mall. Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the illuminated Lincoln Memorial, majestic Washington Monument and the grand U.S. Capitol. As the evening sets in, witness the enchanting beauty of these landmarks. While exploring, don't forget to indulge in the delicious delights offered by the food trucks scattered around
In the evening, venture to Columbia Heights, a dynamic neighborhood celebrated for its variety of culinary offerings. Treat yourself to a mouthwatering array of flavors at local eateries or embark on a global journey by sampling the diverse international cuisines available at the numerous restaurants in the area. Personally, one of my absolute favorites is Iron Age Korean BBQ, where you can savor the delightful and interactive experience of grilling your own meats and veggies.
Day 2: Saturday
Morning at the Museums
Washington, D.C. is home to numerous captivating museums showcasing a wide range of subjects. Immerse yourself in art, history and culture at the Smithsonian Museums. Explore the impactful exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or discover the intriguing world of espionage at the International Spy Museum. From the awe-inspiring wonders of the National Air and Space Museum to the masterpieces at the National Gallery of Art, there's something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.
Noon in Georgetown
Step into the enchanting streets of Georgetown, renowned for its charming boutiques and upscale shops. After indulging in some retail therapy, treat yourself to a delightful lunch at one of the many diverse eateries. Craving Mexican, Italian or French cuisine? You're in luck! Georgetown offers a plethora of dining options to satisfy any palate. After lunch, embrace the outdoor beauty and adventure. Hop on a bike to explore the neighborhood, embark on a kayak adventure along the Potomac River or enjoy a leisurely canal boat tour.
Evening at The Wharf
Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of The Wharf, Washington, D.C.'s most captivating waterfront neighborhood. In addition to its stunning views, The Wharf has an impressive selection of over 80 restaurants and shops. Indulge your taste buds with a delightful meal at one of the many diverse culinary establishments, all while taking in the picturesque waterfront scenery. Whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood, international flavors or local delicacies, The Wharf will satisfy your needs!
Day 3: Sunday
Wrap up your weekend on a delicious note with a delightful Sunday brunch experience at Proper 21 or the Park on 14th. Indulge in amazing food, sip on bottomless mimosas and soak in the vibrant and lively atmosphere.
Following brunch, escape the city's hustle and bustle and relax in the serene beauty of the National Arboretum. Wander through the lush gardens, marvel at the bonsai collection and enjoy a peaceful afternoon surrounded by nature.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Jovana Pellerito’s guide, The Perfect 2 Days in Washington D.C.
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on Weekend Getaways.