The Perfect Weekend in Washington, D.C.
Collected by Christian Mirasol , AFAR Local Expert
With three days in D.C., you can get a heady dose of history, culture, and good eats. Devote the first day to national treasures and museums by the Capitol. Next stroll around Georgetown and the Arboretum and catch a Nationals game. Cross the Potomac into Virginia for day three at the gorgeous Mount Vernon Estate and hallowed Arlington National Cemetery before toasting your trip with rooftop drinks overlooking the city.
400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
The day I arrived in Washington, D.C., I had some time to go exploring. Given the overcast skies, this turned out to be a poor photography expedition. And so the day I left D.C., I got up extra early to catch the sunrise over the National Mall. It...
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
The Newseum is one of D.C.’s newest tourist attractions. In a city where at least two dozen Smithsonian Museums are free to enter, you have to pay to go to the Newseum. Entry tickets are not cheap, but tickets are good for two days. I...
633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Rasika means "flavors" in Sanskrit, and its modern Indian cuisine has been spicing up the Penn Quarter for more than a decade (a West End location followed in 2012). The sophisticated lounge is accented by the bold aromas and flavors of timeless...
Washington, DC 20024, USA
With its October 2017 debut, The Wharf has revitalized a mile-long stretch of the Potomac waterfront south of the National Mall. Come here to shop and dine; rent kayaks in summer or ice skate in winter; catch a concert at the Anthem (run by the ...
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
One of Washington's most beloved independent bookstores, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café is just as much a D.C. institution as the city's historic monuments. Opened in 1976, Kramerbooks was the first bookstore/café in the United...
1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Chef Ryan Ratino opened his first solo restaurant at age 27, riding a wave of momentum from stints at D.C.’s Ripple and New York’s Dovetail and WD-50. He’s made a big splash, racking up accolades including best new restaurant...
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA
If you're in Washington already or planning to be in Washington in March, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents Nordic Cool 2013. Started February 19th, 2013 but going on until March 17th, 2013, this international festival of...
Georgetown, Washington, DC, USA
Georgetown, located along the Potomac River, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Back in colonial times, it served as a port and major commercial center. Today, it remains a popular destination for shoppers; you can find most of...
2401 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
North of Georgetown, nestled on 5.5 acres of woods and gardens, this obscure museum is the former mansion of Geico Insurance executive and avid art collector David Lloyd Kreeger and his wife, Carmen. Designed and built by renowned architect Philip...
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Located along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O Canal), this laid-back neighborhood bakery and coffeehouse is one of my favorite hangouts in D.C. Baked and Wired serves delicious food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere. The space is adorned with...
3120 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Dumbarton Oaks Garden, the onetime country estate of Mildred and Robert Bliss, is a delightful place to retreat for a few hours. You'll find it at the highest point of the elegant Georgetown neighborhood. Landscape architect Beatrix Farrand...
1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Last September, Union Market opened as a year-round indoor food hall in Northeast Washington, D.C. The market showcases more than 40 local vendors including Neopol Smokery, Peregrine Espresso, and Righteous Cheese. This appeared in the March/April...
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Whether you have a green thumb or just love to bask in nature, you'll want to check out the National Arboretum before you bid D.C. adieu. Spring is one of the best times to visit, when the azaleas, rhododendrons, and native trees are in full...
2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102, Washington, DC 20002, USA
College buddies Justin Cox and Will Durgin opened D.C.'s fourth production brewery in the Ivy City neighborhood of northeast D.C. Once a newspaper distribution center, the brewery holds as much as 2,300 barrels. Beers consist of two flagship...
717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Chef/owner Aaron Silverman's farmhouse restaurant, in the heart of Barracks Row, serves creative (and Michelin-starred) cooking inspired by his travels and culinary training in the American South, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Southeast Asia....
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Throughout their season, the Washington Nationals baseball team in conjunction with the Washington Post offer a sweet deal called the "5 Series" whereby one can purchase $5 tickets for nosebleed section seats through the team's official website or...
8405-F Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309, USA
An exceptional experience awaits you beyond the doors of this magnificent Colonial, located on a hill on the banks of the Potomac River. Situated on 8,000 beautifully landscaped acres, the home exudes the style and opulence worthy of a true...
Old Town, Alexandria, VA, USA
As you're strolling down King Street, it's hard to wrap your head around that you're walking down the same brick and cobblestone streets that George Washington walked down. An area once filled with taverns and offices has been given new life, with...
Gravelly Point, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Need some rest and relaxation after walking and soaking in the D.C. sights, history, and heritage? Head to this grassy lawn between the Potomac River and the George Washington Parkway. While it does provide pretty views of the D.C. skyline and...
1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Arlington natives Scot Harlan and Will Sullivan present their American take on a French bistro in this comfortable Clarendon neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant. Enjoy the culinary minded décor that includes a communal wood table for...
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Washington, DC is a city of monuments. One of the most photographed is the U.S. Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial in nearby Rosslyn, Virginia. That was my goal when I woke up before dawn one spring morning to catch it in the prized predawn...
515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
For decades, this rooftop terrace bar situated at the W Hotel (formerly the Hotel Washington, circa 1918) has provided some of the most stellar views of the White House, monuments, memorials, and beyond. P.O.V. is open year-round, unlike many...
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