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Things to do in District of Columbia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The National Mall is basically Washington DC’s backyard – it’s a grassy lawn where visitors and locals hang out on sunny days. Full of world-class museums (we’ll get to this later) and fun festivals, the National Mall is the center of many activities in the city.”
  • 344 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great Museum For adults and children alike. Double check the construction schedule as the museum is currently under some significant reservations.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Market
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“Great stalls for food, brunch, gifts and DC crowds. Market is pricey for some and worth it for others ”
  • 435 locals recommend
Government building
“You can tour the White House, the iconic home of America’s president, by scheduling a visit in advance. Even if you are unable to schedule a visit, walk around to the back to get a closer view of the building.”
  • 231 locals recommend
Zoo
“An after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display. ZooLights runs Nov. 29 – Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25 & 31). ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It has free admission and is open 364 days a year.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Bustling marketplace since 1873 featuring a variety of produce, handmade crafts & prepared foods.”
  • 385 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“If you have enough time before your trip, contact your local Congressman and request a tour!”
  • 198 locals recommend
Waterfront
“It's adorably historic perfect for finding places to eat, shopping in boutiques, or wandering around the cobble stone streets. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Spa
“MGM National Harbor is a luxury resort, retail, dining, entertainment, and casino just minutes away.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“Nature and outdoor enthusiasts will love Rock Creek Park, a forrest-y enclave in the middle of DC. Those looking to pursue outdoor activities can hike, walk, bike, go horseback riding, play gold or tennis, and enjoy a picnic. ”
  • 216 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Enjoy a FREE world-class performance each and every day at the Millenium Stage!”
  • 197 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Beautiful and monumental cemetery. You can witness the changing of the guard every hour. Check times in advance. If you come too late for the cherry blossoms, this is the next best spot since the cherry blossoms here bloom later than the ones along the tidal basin”
  • 85 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Awarded "Nightclub of the Year" honors 4 times by Pollstar, the concert industry trade journal. it has also been Pollstar's top ticket selling club. Rolling Stone rated the club #1 Big Room in US. ”
  • 229 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“If you're in town for a weekend, check out Le Diplomate for brunch. You'll be transported into a Parisian bistro and can walk down trendy 14th Street after a mimosa, Bloody Mary or French martini.”
  • 263 locals recommend
Park
“The Sunday afternoon drumming circle is ver popular with locals. (Only available during the spring-fall months). Also, you can see the Washington Monument from here. ”
  • 250 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“If you're in town for a weekend, check out Le Diplomate for brunch. You'll be transported into a Parisian bistro and can walk down trendy 14th Street after a mimosa, Bloody Mary or French martini.”
  • 263 locals recommend
Café
“great neighborhood coffee shop and location of. farmers market in warmer months ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Vanessa is bonafide real New Jersey Italian. This is her favorite Italian restaurant in DC. Menu changes, but the lamb ragu is usually on the menu and is the best item.”
  • 185 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Located just down Monroe Street, I’m at The Coupe at least once a week! They do coffee and pastries to-go ($3-$5), as well as sit down breakfast ($15pp), lunch, and dinner. It’s pretty big so there isn’t usually a wait (Sometimes for brunch), and very reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out! ”
  • 171 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Reservations are hard to come by, but you might be able to snag a seat at the bar at this extremely popular restaurant!”
  • 182 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Honestly, this is a restaurant, but we've put it here as a bar because they have an incredible happy hour special. (It ends at 6 PM). We ate here for $11 last week. An entire dinner. Say hi to their manager, Daniel.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Pub
“Boundary Stone Public House is a neighborhood establishment that fosters a welcoming environment for people to gather around food, drink, music and good company.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
“The historic Ben's Chili Bowl has been around since the 1950's and is a local favorite.”
  • 137 locals recommend

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