Washington, DC is rich with bedrocks of democracy, national treasures, world-class museums (many free to the public). There are vibrant neighborhoods, exquisite architecture, and increasingly gastronomic cuisine everywhere you turn. It’s nearly impossible to do DC justice in one day, but here’s our gallant attempt. Whether one day or week, you are sure to leave enlightened and inspired by living history. Let’s trip!
Fuel up and Head Out from the Capitol Hill neighborhood of the city. Start at Eastern Market for Morning Coffee and Sweet Treats. While there, why not pick up gourmet cheese, fresh fruit, freshly-baked baguette for a picnic lunch later. For over 136 years, Eastern Market has served as a community hub, connecting neighbors, families and visitors. The street is closed to automative traffic on the weekends for vendors to sell crafts and food.
To sit and sip coffee (like-no-other) stroll to Peregrine. Coffee brewing is a science the staff willingly educates the public about. They even offer classes for those who want to learn more about coffee brewing and espresso.
Must See Washington, DC
The U.S. Capitol. Because of increased security the Capitol Dome is open to the public only through guided tours. Tours are conducted from 9a – 4:30p, Monday – Saturday. To ensure your access to the guided tour, advance reservations are strongly recommended. You can schedule advance reservations through The U.S. Capitol Visitor website: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/book-tour-capitol.
Arts and Culture
Plan to visit no more than two museums for your day trip. Unless you plan to levitate through above the crowds in all the galleries, you will not fully experience the trove of treasures if you overextend yourself. My favorites are The National Gallery of Art a premiere, world-class art museum with one of the largest collections of masterpieces in all the world and home to multiple exhibitions from renowned and emerging artists throughout the year. Surrounding the institution is The National Gallery Of Art Sculpture Garden, a six-acre outdoor space on the National Mall, provides a venue for art appreciation and warm weather entertainment.
National Museum of Natural History houses the largest natural history collection in the world. The museum is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Delve into the fascinating story of our planet, from its fiery beginnings through billions of years of transformation, and explore life on Earth through exhibitions and activities, collection objects and research that happens in the lab and in the field.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Since its opening in September 2016 over 2.5 million visitors have toured the institution. Due to its popularity, free timed-entry passes are issued. There are a limited number of“same day” tickets, but I would not risk it. You can reserve up to 6 six tickets way, way in advance online: https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/passes.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute There is always something special happening the Smithsonian’s National Zoo whether the arrival of new species or educational lectures. Daily programs include animal training, feeding demonstrations and keeper talks. Special events programs change weekly and include performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, filming screening, and even “sleepovers”.
The dining scene at The Wharf includes new concepts from award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs. Del Mar is a celebration of the Spanish heritage of owners Fabio and Maria Trabocchi and their family’s traditions created and preserved at their home on in Mallorca. Mike Isabella’s award-winning French brasserie, Requin, reinterprets traditional French dishes with fresh techniques, flavor, and presentations.Top Chef alumni Kwame Onwuachi draws on his West African, Creole and Caribbean roots to elevate familial dishes at Kith and Kin. New to the Wharf, Officina by Nicholas Stefanelli is trattoria serving the chef’s interpretations of his Pugliese heritage and other Italian regional specialties.
Now it’s time to see the memorials illuminated in all their glory! You can take a pay-what-you-like walking tour of the Within its impressive 146 acres, you can find America’s monuments to founding fathers, civil rights leaders and fallen soldiers. The whole of the National Mall transform in the night. You can be reflective in stunning ethereal quality of nightfall. It’s an extraordinary to wind down a whirlwind day.
Music and Nightcap
JoJo Restaurant and Bar and serves up live jazz every night alongside classic American cuisine in a 1920’s jazz juice joint vibe. It a perfect stop to end your day trip. Grab a drink, appetizer, and take in a set to bid adieu to DC.