If we convinced you that you need to travel SOLO at least once in your life, now you’re gonna need to figure out where to go: decisions, decisions…
Well, what about a getaway to the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC? There are enough things to do in the city to fill up long weekend stay but can also work as a quick escape for a day trip if you live in the east coast or even an add-on to your NYC or Boston trip.
Why DC? What is so cool about it?
Well to start with, its diversity. Given the fact that all foreign embassies to the US reside here, you will be able to find a really diverse crowd and things to do. Second, DC is rich in history and art. The amount of museums is insane and I guaranty that no matter your interest, there is a museum for you. Lastly, I love that it is so walkable. You might need to take a few users at the beginning / end of the day depending on where you stay but for the most part you can walk, so make sure to bring really comfortable shoes.
Ok so if this is your first time in DC, you’ll want to hit the most iconic sights first which you can conveniently find in one place: The National Mall. The Capitol, The Library of Congress, The Washington Monument, The White House and the Lincoln Memorial are all next to each other in an area of approx 3 miles. If you happen to visit around spring, more specifically end of March to Middle of April, you should also plan to stop by the tidal basin (south of The Washington Memorial) to look at the cherry blossoms.
Additionally, within the same 3 mile walk in between The Capitol and The Washington monument there’s a wide variety of museums you can stop by: The National Museum of American History, The National Museum of Natural History, The National Gallery, The Air and Space Museum, The Hirshhorn for the lovers of contemporary art and the newly added National Museum of African American History and Culture. I personally love going to museums by myself and I always bring a book with me. Most museums have amazing cafes where you can sit and relax from the long walk with a cup of joe and a book.
Once you are done with the more iconic stuff its time to head to Georgetown. Situated along the Potomac River and home to Georgetown University (which you should definitely stop by and see the beautiful campus), this neighborhood is lively and really picturesque. There are amazing restaurants and stores so you can really spend another full day walking around by the riverside, shopping and eating.
Some of my favorite restaurants ever are in the DC area and here is a short list for you - Bon appetite!!
Oyamel, Mexican - Very close to The National Gallery
What can I say, a mexican is always on the hunt for the best mexican restaurant and Oyamel is one of my all time faves. If you dare, order the grasshopper Tacos (Tacos de Chapulines).
Zorbas, Greek - Dupont Cirlce
Decently priced greek food in a convenient area (Good hotel prices). If its a beautiful day out, sit outside and enjoy a greek pizza and some wine.
Neyla, Middle Eastern - Georgetown
A kibbeh nayeh (lebanese steak tartar) to die for. Beautiful decor.
Eastern Market, Varied - Capitol Hill
If what you’re looking for is a place with a little bit of everything you should definitely visit the eastern market, here you will find the perfect combination of food and crafts. A recommendation from S&E’s founder Erika is to go visit Market Lunch and get the blue bucks (blueberry buckwheat pancakes)
Let us know you favorite things to do in DC in the comments!
Written by: Lili Carlos | Co-Founder |