(Closed) Trip to D.C…advice?

posted 8 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My SO and I plan to go to D.C. hopefully some time soon.  My priority is to go to the Smithsonian Institute!

Post # 4
47 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Just went to DC 2 weeks ago, definately check out the American History Museum. We went to as many as we could get in during one day and we only made it thru two. Also I recommend parking out of DC and catching the subway in or you will drive around for hour trying to park. Hope you have a great time and buy lots of souveneirs, t-shirts are 3 for $10 on the street!

Post # 5
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

you have to try ben’s chili bowl & ray’s hell burgers!


you should check out yelp.com for reviews & tips. it helped us a lot on our last trip to DC

Post # 6
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The Smithsonian is great.  Plus the fact that it is on the National Mall, you can also see the WW2 memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial right there.  You aren’t too far from the Jefferson Memorial there either (my husband and I were able to walk the distance).  The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is also really nice.

Post # 7
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

The Library of Congress is one of my favorite buildings in the world!  So pretty 🙂

Post # 8
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

definately do the various smithsonian museums, then the botanical gardens – you will also be here during prime cherry blossom season, so a trip to the tidal basin is in order!

if you are a military buff, head to arlington cemetary and watch the changing of the guards….

but spring is beautiful here in the DMV area so anything you do will be fun 🙂 if you want places to STAY AWAY from – PM me and i can give you the dilly yo (from law enforcement stance that is….)

Post # 9
293 posts
Helper bee

Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian . . .  DC is an incredible city.  Enjoy!

Post # 10
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We just went in November and had an amazing 10 days there! I would suggest the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American History Museum. The Lincoln exhibit was amazing!  Also, if you can, check out 5 guys burgers! It was so good. We are from California and don’t have those around here so it was a big thing for us!

Post # 11
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My absolute favorite places in the city are:

the National Portrait Gallery, which is in Chinatown (it’s a free Smithsonian Museum, but off the Mall so much less crowded and touristy).  There are also a ton of great places to eat nearby including Matchbox (gourmet pizzas), Fado (Irish Pub), and Rocket Bar (very hipster bar)

The Library of Congress is incredible!!  The architecture is amazing.  The botanic gardens are gorgeous and (I think) very romantic

Georgetown is always a nice place to do some shopping and there are tons of great restaurants.  Dunbarton Oaks is a great museum located off the beaten path in Georgetown as well.

If you are there on the weekend, Eastern Market (just off Capitol Hill) is an awesome place to enjoy a beautiful weekend day.  It is a huge farmers market and flea market.  You can find all kinds of amazing art, food, crafts and antiques


As far as where to stay, I would pick a place in the city that is close to a metro station, which is by far the easiest way to get around town.  It’s a pretty user-friendly system.  I have stayed at the Melrose Hotel in Foggy Bottom (which is close to Georgetown), it was very nice and had a swanky but historic feel to it.  

And if you eat anywhere in DC, it HAS to be Ben’s Chili Bowl, located right off the U Street Metro stop.  A DC landmark, serving great chili dogs.  It’s a cash-only dive– perfect if you have a late night on the town with some drinks.  Order the half smoke (it’s Bill Cosby’s favorite)

I’m local to DC so if you have any specific questions, PM me and I’d be happy to help!



Post # 12
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I know it sounds silly but if you can, do the Segway tour.  It is the best way to see so much and fast.  Plus it was really fun.

Then you can spend more time in the Mall going to museums.

Post # 13
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Go eat at Zaytinya (near Chinatown) – the head chef was on Top Chef last season, but I went there before that… it’s so good! 


Also, go to La Tasca (also in Chinatown) and get tapas and 1/2 price pitchers of sangria during happy hour at the bar (that is, if you can drink!).


Final piece of advice on museum day(s), WEAR GOOD SHOES. I wore flats that were this much too small and bruised my big toenails from walking! 🙂 

Post # 14
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

IT’S CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVSL TIME!!  You really have to check it out…its going on March 27-April 11th!  Even if you’re not their during festival time you have to check the blossoms out at the Tidal Basin!  So gorgeous! 

These are personal phots from last year!  Will be going again this year!  I can’t wait!

Post # 15
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

DON’T bother with the DC National Aquarium. I’ve heard great things about the one up in Baltimore, but the DC one … well, it’s just sad and little. Like, teensy tiny kind of leetle.

The zoo is nice though (although not especially public transit accessible by American standards). 🙂

Post # 16
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

For a really nice dinner, Central is excellent and the chef owns another extremely expensive restaurant (Citronelle) that is consistently rated number 1 or 2 in the area.If you have an idea of what type of cuisine you’d like, PM me and I can give you a bunch of other options – the Fiance and I really like to eat. 🙂

The Smithsonians are nice and all free, but if you’re not really into museums, a stroll along the Tidal Basin will be beautiful in April. You can then take the Circulator Bus from the memorials up to Georgetown and go shopping or grab a drink on the waterfront and peoplewatch.

For nightlife, there are a bunch of smaller bars/lounges around the U Street area. Cafe St. Ex is nice but gets a little crowded late. If it’s a really nice night out, you could grab a drink on the rooftop of Marvin (which is also a fantastic restaurant). Right next door there is a little speakeasy called Gibson – no standing room, great unique cocktails, very cozy and intimate.

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