Washington DC Tips Wanted!

Hey guys!

I’m headed to Washington DC this weekend – so excited! For any of you that have been following my bucket lists, this one has been a goal for a while.

I plan on doing a lot of the touristy things because I haven’t been there inΒ a while. But please let me know of any good brunch places/restaurants/or bars that you enjoy going to! I’m a huge foodie and huge brunch person so I need all the recommendations I can get! πŸ™‚

And if you have any other suggestions of what to do throughout the day, I’m all ears.

Thanks in advance πŸ™‚



34 thoughts on “Washington DC Tips Wanted!

  1. Ah we’ll be so close! I would def recommend wearing a scarf, it’s really windy in the actual DC area! Def plan ahead, lines can get pretty long in restaurants so make time for a good hour and a half! HAve the best time and take lots of pictures :))

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  2. Although the food is over priced and not that great, you should go to the Kennedy Center if only for the experience and views! I HIGHLY recommend driving around during the early hours around 1am-3am; It’s not too congested and the memorials lit up at night are absolutely stunning. I grew up about an hour south of DC so I’ve been there plenty, just not so much for the food. Oh! And if you want a good museum to check out, I strongly suggest the Spy museum. πŸ™‚ Have fun!

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  3. Yep, the Spy Museum is cool. Any of the Smithsonians are fantastic, particularly the Natural History and Air and Space. I highly recommend the Vietnam Memorial and Arlington. Somber but intense. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a must. Doing an all-day pass on one of the tour buses allows you to get on and off at different stops at your leisure, so well worth the price as you’d have difficulty walking to all the great spots. Not sure where you’re staying, and if out of the city, utilize the train. Very inexpensive and easy to navigate. Have fun. It’s a fantastic city.

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      1. You’ll really enjoy it I think. It’s a city with a buzz, especially with election time and Congress in session. It’s the kinda place with a tangible vibe. You’ll likely see lots of black SUV’s with police escorts and Marine 1 flying overhead, etc. One can sorta feel the “power broker” aura around. I don’t know much about the food scene, I’m not a foodie, but I’d imagine you’ll be able to locate pretty much anything you’re craving. Have a great time! πŸ˜ƒ

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      2. While there, notice how well everything is laid out, city planning wise. All of the monuments are so well thought out location wise. It’s pretty great. Forgot to mention the MLK Jr monument too. Have to see that too. πŸ˜ƒ

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  4. Ahhhh! I’m so excited for you! I interned in DC this past summer and while the internship wasn’t that great, DC was definitely amazing. So, without further ado: you have to try out Medium Rare if you like steak. They have two locations and they’re both fabulous. Also, the Newseum costs but it’s seriously a FANTASTIC museum. The Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art is a part of the Smithsonians, but it’s definitely the coolest one (I also really like modern art). The Smithsonian zoo is pretty underwhelming, so if you don’t have all the time in the world I’d skip it. Also, you have to visit the new African American museum! The Holocaust Museum is also pretty phenomenal, but reserve your tickets online ahead of time. It’s totally worth it. I could go on and on with more suggestions, but that’s what I have for now! Have so much fun and I CAN’T WAIT to read all about it!

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  5. I work here everyday, so I can probably help! All the smithsonians are great, I like air and space and natural history, but all just personal preference. They are mostly close together anyway. I Like the zoo also, but a little under construction right now.

    The monuments are beautiful but under appreciated by us locals, so unfortunately I don’t even notice them anymore.

    Restaurants, take your pick. Might be one of the best cities for restaurants and power lunches, so lots to choose from. Oceannaire is the best seafood, expensive but worth it. Barrell on Pennsylvania Ave SE side, a few blocks from the capitol is great. Belga CafΓ© on 8th Street is really good. Matchbox has a couple good locations. Of course, there is just an endless array. I will ask some of my coworkers (I work for a beer wholesaler, so we get to know these places) and get back with more recommendations…

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      1. So, some recommendations are – Ivy City Smokehouse…may be a great place to go because nobody knows it yet and its not overcrowded. Off of New York Ave in North East

        Ted’s Bulletin

        Le Diplomat


        Anything on Barracks Row near 8th and I Marine Corp Barracks in southeast.

        Really, anywhere on 14th st NW also.

        So many choices.

        Have a blast!!

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  6. I guess my recommendations would depend on if you want the local perspective or just the “I’m here for one day what tourist things should I hit” perspective.

    If you haven’t done the tourist thing, hit the smithsonians you’re most interested in. That said, know they can get a bit crowded with kids on the weekends, especially air and space. My favourite is natural history and American Indian, personally. However with your media background you may really like the Newseum. It’s not free, but most hotels have discount coupons and it’s worth it.

    For fun local things, hit up the bars on U street. They have a really active nightlife with not too many college kids. And if you have to do the cupcake in Georgetown tourist thing, absolutely go to Baked and Wired over Georgetown Cupcakes. The latter are dry with over sweet frosting for way too much money.

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