Washington DC, one of the biggest political, economic, and social centers of the world, is a historic city, beautiful and full of character. The capital is bustling, and when I visited in April, I had only 24 hours to explore the abundance of history and culture in the city. I had to prioritize, so here are my top picks of the must see’s of Washington DC.
- The National Mall: Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, National Gallery of Art, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial
The National Mall is beautiful and the perfect place to start in DC. However, walking and experiencing everything from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial would definitely take more than a day. I highly recommend touching on the National Gallery of Art. It is incredibly relaxing walking through all the galleries, and my favorites to see were Matisse, Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Monet.
The next few are easy: the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. But I cannot emphasize enough how you MUST visit the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. It was incredibly powerful and sobering standing there, gazing at the names and watching loved ones lay flowers at the foot of the wall. A very important experience for any DC visitor.
2. The White House
The White House is definitely one of those “you just have to see it” places, and being so close to the National Mall makes it very convenient.
3. The Newseum
This museum is high on the list of both those native to the DC area and tourists. Known for its interactive exhibits and theaters. My biggest regret was not spending longer here.
4. Georgetown: The Tombs, M Street and Wisconsin Ave.
The Georgetown area was absolutely gorgeous, flowers and beautiful architecture galore. A popular spot for Georgetown University students is The Tombs restaurant, and I can see why. The food there was absolutely delicious. For breakfast I ordered as simple House Made Biscuits and Gravy and oh my goodness, it was the best I’ve ever had. I wish I could have eaten everything on the menu!
A very nice shopping spot in Georgetown, away from the crowds of the National Mall, is on M Street and Wisconsin Ave. Alice+Olivia, AllSaints, Anthropologie, Club Monaco, Free People, Kate Spade, Hu’s Wear, and Madewell are just a few of the stores found there. I was in heaven.
If you have any other suggestions for when I’m in the area, be sure to let me know!
with love, Stephanie