If you have never taken a trip to our nation's capital, pack your bags – it's completely worth the trip. You can tour the White House, visit iconic monuments, eat a killer steak, and test your undercover abilities at the International Spy Museum. The great thing about Washington, D.C. (among lots of other things!) is that the city has something for everyone. There a ton of great activities to see and do if you've got little ones making the trip with you. There are also high-end restaurants, jaw-dropping historical sites, and incredible cherry blossoms if you're hoping for a romantic vacation or girlfriend getaway. Even if you can't fit everything in, we highly recommend getting a taste of Washington, D.C. Here are some of our favorite spots.
1. Ben’s Chili Bowl
Over five decades of history live at this iconic D.C. restaurant, including a lunch visit from President Obama before his first inauguration in 2009.
2. Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin
These beauties don’t last long, but are worth the trip during the spring festival.
3. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Located in West Potomac Park, the 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King is open 24 hours, free of cost.
4. International Spy Museum
Learn secrets of history and adopt an alias at the only public museum dedicated to espionage in the U.S.
5. Roofers Union
This three-level bar offers room for both small cocktail parties and rooftop celebrations. It’s a favorite among locals.
6. Tour The White House
This is a must-do for any Washington, D.C. vacation. Take a self-guided tour through the president’s office and residence, but be sure to book at least 21 days in advance.
7. Medium Rare
Grab your knife and fork, because meals like this don’t come along too often. This French-inspired restaurant is a steak lover’s dream, and its many awards prove it’s one of the best eateries in the city.
8. U.S. Capitol Building
Explore over two centuries of historical documents and artifacts in home of the government’s legislative branch. The Capitol Building is the perfect way to spend an afternoon for history buffs.
9. Board Room Game Bar
Grab a pitcher of beer and enjoy a few rounds of your favorite board game at this one-of-a-kind watering hole.
10. Washington Harbour in Georgetown
Enjoy live entertainment, great food, and outdoor fun year-round in one of the capital’s most trendy areas.