When, Where and Why
The nation’s capital city, Washington DC is a foodie and history buff’s heaven. It’s a beautiful city, nicknamed the City of Trees, bordered by Maryland, Virginia and the Potomac River. There is so much to do here – one could never grow bored. To plan your perfect trip, here are my recommendations! The best seasons to visit are spring and fall. Summers are hot and humid in the city and winters are usually gloomy and cold. Do your best to avoid school breaks, as those and summers are tourist primes for DC, and you’ll undoubtedly have an incredible time in DC.¬†

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Staying There

In DC, I’d highly recommend checking out AirBnB (use my link for $35 off your first AirBnB stay) or hotels in these neighborhoods (listed from my top preference for a weekend visit): Downtown, Dupont Circle, West End, Georgetown (closer to the east side), Logan Circle

Try This There: A weekend in DC –¬†¬†

Friday Night on the Wharf:
Fly into DCA 
Afternoon activities: find the cute wooden swings on the docks and people/boat watch, rent boats or stand up paddle boards , take a city cruise on the Potomac, 
Artechouse (& pre-dinner drinks at their Augmented Reality Bar!) 
Dinner at Hank’s Oyster Bar or Mi Vida or more low key Grazie Grazie¬†
Drinks at Brighton or Pearl Street Warehouse
Dessert from Camp Wharf at the Fire Pit or Southwest Soda Pop Shop
Extra: shopping at the Wharf

Saturday in Georgetown:
Brunch/Breakfast at Chez Billy Sud or Farmers Fishers Bakers 
Shopping on M Street NW (Start 34th & M and work down M until you hit Wisconsin Ave. Shop up (to N St.) and down (to South St.) along Wisconsin, then continue down M to around 29th St. 
Visit the gardens of Dumbarten Oaks 
Dinner at Filomena or Fiola Mare
Dessert from Thomas Sweet
Drinks at The Sovereign or The Berliner or Blues Alley Club 
Extra: Catch show at the Kennedy Center or Bowling/Bocce at Pinstripes or Game Room at Pizzeria Paradiso 

Sunday Downtown:
Brunch/Breakfast at Founding Farmers 
Pick 2 Р3 Smithsonian Museums to explore 
Lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill or The Partisan 
Extra:
Pedal or Swan boat rental in the Tidal Basin 
Fly out of DCA 

BONUS IDEA:
Visit Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Garden and picnic on their beautiful grounds. Visit in July or August to see everything in full bloom. Dog friendly! 

Enjoy your trip! Let me know what you end up doing in the comments below! 

Looking for another weekend in a US City? Check out my Kansas City, MO or Seattle, WA blog posts.