(Closed) Heading to D.C. in April – Must do’s?

posted 10 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

Depending on when in April you’re going you should definitely check out the DC cherry blossom festival.  Even if you’re going after you should heck the bloom forecast and take a romantic stroll and picnic by the tidal basin surrounded by fluffy pink cherry blossoms. have fun!

Post # 4
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ohh I’m going to DC/Baltimore the first weekend in April. I’m making it a point to see the cherry blossoms. I’ve always wanted to and the peak this year is supposedly April 3-9. I’ve been to DC before and I love the Georgetown area. Our friends who we’ll be visiting used to live in Dupont Circle which is super cute. Enjoy your trip!

Post # 5
271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ll be in DC in April too! I’ll have to keep an eye on this thread

Post # 6
153 posts
Blushing bee

Definitely do the cherry blossoms…early April is peak bloom-time.  http://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=404 says that the 1st-4th is the peak this year.  Try to go really early in the morning or late in the evening; I think they’re the most beautiful at the time.  And you avoid the massive crowds.  =)

Check out the American History Museum, it just recently opened.  Can you try to contact your Congressman/Senator to get a Congressional Tour?  Or at least check out the Congress Visitor Center.

If you go to U Street, you can get a half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl.  Other places to eat:  Etete (Ethiopian), Ray’s Hell-Burger (burgers), Firehook Bakery (pastries), I could go on…I love food…

Hope this gets you started!

Post # 7
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

The Newseum is really interesting and fun. It is a museum about the news media. Unlike many museums in DC there’s a charge for admission ($20 a person) but my husband and I went a few weeks ago and found it to be well worth it. We spent like 5 hours there. Otherwise, the Smithsonian is always good to hit up—they are free and so you can go see any exhibits you want and not stay to see everything else if you don’t want to. Check out what’s on ahead of time on their website.

If you are on U Street for eating, don’t forget to go to CakeLove for dessert! They make cakes and cupcakes that are divine (it’s the buttercream frosting…so delicious!).  

Post # 8
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I went to the National Spy Museum a couple years ago and had a really good time.  It has a ton of activities and everything is interactive, plus you get to assume a fake identity and pretend to be a spy the whole time.  😉 

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

Hooray for so many people visiting DC in the next month!  One huge recommendation–wear VERY comfortable shoes when tourist-ing. Walking from the Lincoln Memorial, past the Korean, Vietnam, and WWII memorials to the Washington Monument (see if you can get tickets to go up it), then continue on the mall to the Smithsonian of your choice and finally make your way to the Capitol.  

If you are going to visit the cherry blossoms and are in town on a weekday, try to go on a weekday evening (Sunset perhaps?); it will be a lot less crowded.  Cherry blossom weekends are CRAZY. 

There’s not really a "place to be" in DC.  It really just depends on what you like and what kind of mood you are in. The U Street area has picked up in the past few years, and has a more classy lounge scene than Adams Morgan just down the road (I’m really overgeneralizing here).  BUT Adams Morgan has Jumbo Slice, which is awesome at 2am.  Mr. Smith’s in Georgetown is great when the piano man is there.  If you are around on a weekend morning, check out Eastern Market for arts, crafts, and local food.  

And if you take Metro while in the DC area, remember: when on the escalators, stand on the right, walk on the left!

Post # 11
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Depending on how long you are there and where you are staying/visiting, here are a few suggestions (btw, I agree you should check out the Cherry Blossoms!)

Georgetown– I disagree about CakeLove (sorry ChelseaMorning). If you have a sweet tooth Georgetown cupcake is the place to be! Yum! The line can go up the block but that’s only cause there is just enough room for about 4 people inside the cupcakerie. Georgetown also has a lot of good shopping. If you are looking for nightlife, Garrett’s has a good HH and yummy burgers. Mr Smiths is cool but can get pretty crowded. If you love brunch like I do, then check out Chadwicks on K Street (theres another in Alexandria I think) … the food there is pretty good and they have a nice brunch special. Also walk by the canal if you can, it’s pretty neat, especially when they have the boat out!

Foggy Bottom — It’s mostly GWU campus but its a nice place to take a stroll and see some pretty homes and flowers. Froggy Bottom Pub has decent pizza for a cheap eat!

Museums, etx — I’m a fan of the Smithsonian (its free!) The National Gallery has some great pieces but the Museum of Natural History is actually pretty neat also. The American History Museum (think, Kermit the Frog, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Jerry Seinfeld’s Puffy Shirt) is very cool. I have to get to the Portrait Gallery but that is supposed to be pretty cool. If you are looking for a place to eat around here, I say hop on the metro or take a stroll up 7th to Matchbox (http://www.matchboxdc.com) in China Town. I recommend the fire and smoke pizza with buffalo mozz!

If you get the chance to stroll into Old Town (Alexandria, VA) take a walk down by the water front. So beautiful! King Street is a nice place to explore.

If you are driving, go to Bob and Edith’s Diner in Arlington, VA (on Columbia Pike), cheap diner food that doesn’t make you sick to your stomach!

 There are so many good restaurants! I love Filomena in Georgetown for Italian, Founding Farmers (http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com), Firefly (great atmosphere!), Bangkok 54 in Arlington, VA for Thai (Cheap Eat!) and you can’t go wrong with Clyde’s (get the crab cakes!)

 jkoala — i LOVE your friendly reminder about the metro, Please stay to the right!

 As you can tell, I love food!

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