A Weekend Guide to Washington D.C.

People come from all over the world to visit our nation’s capital, but there’s a lot more to see than the monuments in this fine city! Today we’ve rounded up the perfect spots to hit for a weekend in Washington D.C. From charming historic hotels to delicious and indulgent desserts, this city makes for a perfect getaway – and is full of Insta-worthy views to boot! With a little something for everyone, you’re bound to have fun in The District! So pack your bags and your U.S. history facts – you are going to see it all in this guide; where to stay, eat, and what to do in Washington D.C.!

Where to Stay

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The Jefferson – Just a few blocks away from the White House, this historic hotel is perfect for a charming retreat in DC. Its elegant rooms and historic char will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time – but you get to keep all of the comforting amenities you know and love!

The Willard – The Willard was built in 1818 and is only a few blocks from the National Mall, where you can see all of the monuments DC has to offer! Celebrating its 200th anniversary, the hotel just went through major renovations. You’ll love seeing the elevated rooms, and enjoying cocktails themed after past presidents at the Round Robin bar!

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The Watergate Hotel – Any fan of history knows why this is the perfect place to stay during a trip to DC! But don’t worry – there’s more here than just the history of a US scandal. Its modern-yet-retro vibes are fresh and vibrant – the staff’s uniforms were even designed by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant! You’ll love, and make sure to capture – the Instagrammable moments tucked throughout this hotel.

Where to Eat & Drink

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Le Diplomate – This French-style café will transport you immediately to the streets of Paris with its classic French dishes and curated wine list. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but a favorite is always the Saturday special: bouillabaisse.

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Old Ebbitt Grill – A landmark in DC, you’ll see even the most polished politicians dining here, indulging in their seafood dishes and eating oysters by the dozen! Old Ebbitt Grill is a local favorite, making it an absolute must for your trip!

Zaytinya – Crafted by chef José Andrés, this mediterranean restaurant is easily one of the most delicious experiences you’ll find in DC! While every dish is incredible, your best bet is to try the chef’s tasting menu to get the full experience Zaytinya has to offer!

Archipelago – You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical oasis for the day at this bar! If you’re looking for a fun spot with fruity drinks, Archipelago is the perfect place to drop in for a mai tai!

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Columbia Room – The Columbia room has three different types of experiences to fit your mood. Whether you’re in the Tasting Room for their 4-course cocktail & small bites pairings, or the Spirits Library or Punch Garden trying their signature crafted cocktails, you’re sure to be wowed! The Prose Punch is a must-try!

What to Do in Washington D.C.

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The Kennedy Center – From ballets to plays, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has something for everyone to enjoy. The National Symphony Orchestra is incredible to see in person – an absolute must in DC!

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Smithsonian Institution – The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world! There are exhibits for everyone: science & nature, art & design, and history & culture! You’re sure to be amazed visiting any of their exhibits.

Monuments – As the nation’s capital, DC has more than enough to offer when it comes to historical monuments. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see something that offers a piece of the country’s history! Whether you take pictures at the Lincoln Memorial, tour the United States Capitol Building, or lounge in the grass at the National Mall (home to the Washington Monument), DC is ready to offer you a trip through history!

Where to Treat Yourself:

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Dolcezza – This coffee & gelato shop in Dupont Circle is so cozy, you’re going to want to stay long enough to try every gelato flavor! But if you have to pick just one, the salted caramel is sinfully indulgent.

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Georgetown Cupcake – This cupcake shop is known for two things – their incredible cupcakes, and the long line around the block of people waiting to try them! Don’t worry – the line usually passes quickly, and the cupcakes are well worth the wait. Every flavor is delicious, but their signature red velvet might be our favorite!

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District Doughnut – If you’re looking for handcrafted gourmet doughnuts, you’ve come to the right spot. Whether you choose one of District Doughnut’s regular flavors, or something off of the seasonal menu, you literally can’t go wrong here!

We hope this helps you plan your perfect D.C. itinerary!