Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

Tours

Date Night

Fun Things to Do

  • What’s Worth the Money on Your Trip to D.C. - One of the things I looked forward to most when moving to D.C. was all the FREE things to do! Free museums, free concerts, free shows, free tours… it was perfect for a broke, unemployed, college graduate! With so many free places to go and things to do, museums you actually have to pay forContinue reading "What’s Worth the Money on Your Trip to D.C."
  • D.C. for History Lovers - People come to Washington, D.C., for work, vacation, educational trips, and any other number of reasons. One of the things that drew me to my nation’s Capital is its history. The monuments and memorials exist for the sole purpose of helping us all remember the past, and the Smithsonian, the largest museum institution in theContinue reading "D.C. for History Lovers"
  • Instagrammable D.C. - So, I’ll just be honest: I have this hate-hate-need-hate relationship with Instagram. All the follows that turn into unfollows, comments that mean nothing, likes just so hopefully I’ll go and like some of their photos. It’s all just a little too reminiscent of junior high for me, and I’m not willing to play the game.Continue reading "Instagrammable D.C."
  • 10 Reasons to Visit D.C. - It’s Faraway Friday! But this week’s destination is not so far away from me. In fact, it’s my adopted hometown of Washington, D.C.! I moved here 10 years ago tomorrow, and in celebration of that, today’s blog post is giving you 10 reasons you should consider a visit! 10. Taste International Flavors D.C. has someContinue reading "10 Reasons to Visit D.C."
  • Solo Travel: Washington, D.C. - I moved to Washington, D.C., completely solo nearly 10 years ago, and I can definitely recommend D.C. as an excellent solo travel destination! Here is the low-down on traveling solo in D.C.
  • Where to Find Tennessee at the U.S. Capitol - Updated May 2020. It’s Museum Monday! If you’ve been to the United States Capitol before, you know it’s not only a Federal Government building, it’s also a big museum. From statues to artwork to artifacts, there is a lot to take in! Each state in the Union has contributed to the museum that is theContinue reading "Where to Find Tennessee at the U.S. Capitol"
  • Free Things To Do in D.C. - Washington, D.C., is known for its history, monuments, and, of course, politics. But when I moved here right out of college, I was delighted to find that so many things to do here are totally FREE! Here’s my list of the top free things to do in my adopted hometown! 10. Museums So many ofContinue reading "Free Things To Do in D.C."
  • Obscure D.C. - This Motivation Monday, I’m here to encourage you to think out of the box and find a little something out of the ordinary–find the obscure wherever you are! Washington, D.C., has plenty of interesting places to explore if you go just a few steps off the beaten path–sometimes even if you just cross the road!Continue reading "Obscure D.C."

Food

  • Where to Eat in Foggy Bottom - You might find yourself in Foggy Bottom without even realizing it. Maybe you drifted in from downtown, perhaps you meandered up from the National Mall. Maybe you walked down from Georgetown on the Rock Creek Park walking trail. Maybe you're looking for a quick bite before a Kennedy Center show! No matter how you find yourself here, you'll definitely want to eat!
  • Afternoon Tea at the Willard Hotel, D.C. - It's no secret, I love afternoon tea! It's such a fun foodie experience, and I've been fortunate enough to enjoy afternoon tea in many of my travels. This time around, I met up with my friend Andrea for a very fancy tea at the historic and iconic Willard Intercontinental in D.C., and we highly recommend it to you!
  • What to Eat in Penn Quarter, D.C. - D.C.'s neighborhood pride is real! Each neighborhood has its cool places to go, cool things to do, and cool food. Here are some of my favorites from Penn Quarter, which is the area around Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Archives, and adjacent to Chinatown. Take a look and bring your appetite!
  • What to Eat in Downtown D.C. - There's a great selection, and even a few iconic restaurants Downtown. Take a look and pack your appetite!
  • Legendary Restaurants in D.C. - I have to urge you to put D.C. on your list of foodie bucket list destinations! D.C. restaurants have to be excellent to last around here, so when you find one with longevity, you know it's for good reason.
  • What to Eat in Georgetown, D.C. - Of all the neighborhoods in D.C., my personal opinion is that Georgetown has the best food! Businesses that thrive here have to be creative and original---no exceptions. So next time you're in D.C., put in a little effort to walk or Uber into Georgetown (the closest Metro is a mile in either direction!). You won't be disappointed.
  • Tea at the Trump Hotel, Washington, D.C. - I wanted to treat myself to something special, and there is nothing more special than afternoon tea in a gorgeous setting, so when I realized my hotel offered afternoon tea, I booked a spot. It's an experience I hope to repeat, but for now, here's your sneak peek.

Local Guides

Day Trips

Itineraries

  • 1 Week in D.C. - Lucky you–you get to spend a whole week in D.C.! Many people who come to town are only here for a business trip (with little time for sightseeing) or a quick two- or three-day visit after full day of riding in a charter bus (often on an 8th grade trip), but if you’re here forContinue reading "1 Week in D.C."
  • 3 Days in D.C. - Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a whirl-wind trip to visit friends in the area, or a quick trip because you found a deal on a flight, you can see a lot of DC in just three days! You want to see the monuments, the documents, the museums! You want to eat the food and catch aContinue reading "3 Days in D.C."
  • 1 Day in D.C. - It’s Motivation Monday! Have you ever found yourself with a day in a new city–no more, no less? Maybe you were on a business trip and decided to take a personal day after, or maybe you just felt adventurous and took advantage of an incredible travel deal! No matter the circumstances, if you find yourselfContinue reading "1 Day in D.C."

Seasons

  • Your Guide to D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival - Updated 16 March 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the National Cherry Blossom Festival events have been cancelled or postponed. The blossoms will come anyway, so not to worry! Drive yourself to the Tidal Basin or elsewhere in D.C., practice social distancing, bring hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes to wipe down any surfacesContinue reading "Your Guide to D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival"
  • The Best Christmas Trees in D.C. - It’s Christmas! And it’s one of the best times of year to be in D.C. The lights, the music, the ice skating, and the seasonal sweets of every sort all help to make the season bright, but what really lights up my life this time of year are all the Christmas trees! So here’s theContinue reading "The Best Christmas Trees in D.C."
  • D.C. in Fall - With the change of seasons comes a new seasonal D.C. blog post! Today is the first day of fall, which is a beautiful time to visit my adopted home town! Here are my top 10 recommendations for things to do in D.C. in the autumn. 10. Go to a Baseball Game This is something toContinue reading "D.C. in Fall"
  • D.C. in Summer - Summer is just around the corner, and here in DC, we’re so ready for it! DC really comes to life in the summer time. Between Independence Day, daylight until 9:00pm and beyond, and baseball games, summertime really makes the District come to life. Check out my top 10 list of things to do in DCContinue reading "D.C. in Summer"
  • D.C. in Spring - Spring is springing early, and it’s a beautiful time to be in Washington, D.C.! It’s also the most popular tourism time because of the many many MANY school trips that happen between March and June each year. So if you find yourself planning a trip to D.C. this spring (or tagging along with your kid!), hereContinue reading "D.C. in Spring"
  • D.C. in Winter - Winter is a beautiful time to be in Washington, D.C.! Contrary to many other cities in winter time, D.C. can be very sunny all day long. It's hard to feel gloomy when the sun is shining!
  • Christmas in D.C. - Thanksgiving is finished, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and DC is in the Christmas mood! I absolutely LOVE Christmas in DC. It’s a magical time of year, and it is my favorite time of year to call DC my home. Check out all the fun things to do here in no particular order:Continue reading "Christmas in D.C."

Neighborhood Guides

Capitol Hill

Chinatown

Downtown

  • Afternoon Tea at the Willard Hotel, D.C. - It's no secret, I love afternoon tea! It's such a fun foodie experience, and I've been fortunate enough to enjoy afternoon tea in many of my travels. This time around, I met up with my friend Andrea for a very fancy tea at the historic and iconic Willard Intercontinental in D.C., and we highly recommend it to you!
  • 10 Best Things to Do in Downtown D.C. - There is so much to do in Washington, D.C.! Sometimes it’s easiest to choose things that are close together and knock them all out at once. That’s very doable with my new neighborhood guides just like this one! Here are the best things to do in Downtown D.C.! 10. Eat at Old Ebbitt Grill TheContinue reading "10 Best Things to Do in Downtown D.C."
  • What to Eat in Downtown D.C. - There's a great selection, and even a few iconic restaurants Downtown. Take a look and pack your appetite!

Foggy Bottom

  • 7 Things to Do in Foggy Bottom - No, really, that’s the name of the neighborhood! Foggy Bottom is one of the oldest neighborhoods in D.C. You’ll find it on the Blue, Silver, and Orange Metro Lines, but the thing you’ll notice about it first is that George Washington University (GWU) and GW Hospital are located here. The next things you’ll notice areContinue reading "7 Things to Do in Foggy Bottom"
  • Where to Eat in Foggy Bottom - You might find yourself in Foggy Bottom without even realizing it. Maybe you drifted in from downtown, perhaps you meandered up from the National Mall. Maybe you walked down from Georgetown on the Rock Creek Park walking trail. Maybe you're looking for a quick bite before a Kennedy Center show! No matter how you find yourself here, you'll definitely want to eat!

Georgetown

  • 8 Things to Do in Georgetown, D.C. - One of D.C.’s most famous neighborhoods is historic, beautiful, semi-suburban, non-Metro accessible Georgetown! It’s prestigious, pretentious, and one of the most charming spots in D.C.! Take a look at the very best things to see and do in Georgetown. 8. Go Boutique Shopping Georgetown has a lot of shopping for you, but I’m not impressedContinue reading "8 Things to Do in Georgetown, D.C."
  • What to Eat in Georgetown, D.C. - Of all the neighborhoods in D.C., my personal opinion is that Georgetown has the best food! Businesses that thrive here have to be creative and original---no exceptions. So next time you're in D.C., put in a little effort to walk or Uber into Georgetown (the closest Metro is a mile in either direction!). You won't be disappointed.

National Mall

  • 7 Things to Do on the National Mall - Okay, so this neighborhood guide is not exactly a “neighborhood” since no one lives here and so there are no neighbors, per se. However, there is a lot to do here! You could easily spend all day on the National Mall, so here are the best thing to do! 7. Find Albert Einstein This littleContinue reading "7 Things to Do on the National Mall"
  • D.C.’s Monuments and Memorials - So you're coming to DC! Whether you're here for a school trip, a weekend getaway, or playing tourist around a conference or business trip, DC's monuments and memorials are probably on your list of things to do. Here's your guide!

NoMA (North of Massachusetts Avenue)–Coming Soon!

Penn Quarter

  • 7 Things to Do in Penn Quarter, D.C. - Washington D.C’s Penn Quarter neighborhood has lots to offer—from amazing food to iconic sites to a great location just blocks from the National Mall! Next time you find yourself in this neighborhood, check out all my favorite things to do! 7. Visit the National Archives This is likely on your D.C. to-do list already, asContinue reading "7 Things to Do in Penn Quarter, D.C."
  • What to Eat in Penn Quarter, D.C. - D.C.'s neighborhood pride is real! Each neighborhood has its cool places to go, cool things to do, and cool food. Here are some of my favorites from Penn Quarter, which is the area around Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Archives, and adjacent to Chinatown. Take a look and bring your appetite!
  • Staying at the Trump International, D.C. - What is the best hotel experience you’ve ever had? I’ve stayed in quite a few hotels and various other accommodations—everything from hostels and Air BnBs to real bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels! My favorites have one thing in common: history! I just love staying in a place steeped in history, seeing unexpected pieces preserved,Continue reading "Staying at the Trump International, D.C."
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