5 Things To Do and See On Your Weekend Trip To Washington, D.C.
Updated: Nov 18, 2019
Washington, D.C. is one of my favorite places to visit for a number of reasons. I've made several trips there beginning with my first trip in 2009 for President Obama's first inauguration and most recently for my graduate school weekend residency. No matter how long or short your trip may be to the area, D.C. has enough to offer to keep you busy and entertained!
Due to the short nature of my last trip, I've compiled a list of great places to check out if you're in the D.C. area for a short weekend!
Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Mall is a frequent addition to any "visit D.C." travel lists, but many people may feel like it's just too much to cover. My advice? Start with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
A newer addition to the mall, the museum is just stunning to look at from the outside. Once you get in, you'll need a few hours to really digest the amount of artifacts, information and history that's stored within the museum's exhibits. The 5-floor museum contains exhibits on African American music, slavery and reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and more.
Walk The Lincoln Memorial, Reflection Pool and World War II Memorial
Within immediate vicinity of one another, these three attractions are some of my favorites. During late March and early April, cherry blossom trees add an entirely new layer of beauty to the area. You can sit by the reflection pool and relax with family or on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where groups often host events (I've seen a Zumba workout happen here!) You can actually head right over to these three things when leaving the African American History & Culture Museum. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is also nearby.
The Washington Monument
Nestled right in between the African American History & Culture Museum and the Lincoln Memorial is the most famous monument in D.C., the Washington Monument. It's hard to miss no matter where in town you may be but it's absolutely necessary to get an up close view. It's a little known fact to some that you can actually get tickets to see the inside of this monument when you plan ahead (something I haven't been able to do yet because of previous construction.)
Grab Some Great Food!
I firmly believe on staying away from franchise restaurants while traveling (unless of course dietary or allergy related issues prevent you from doing so!). D.C. is no exception. The city has a ton to offer in terms of food. Stop by Carolina Kitchen near Howard University, grab brunch at Shaw's Tavern, or get some giant pizza slices at Duccini's Pizza on U Street.
So of course, Alexandria is technically not D.C., but it is a short metro ride away! Alexandria is a beautiful city with lots to do including bike trails, ferry rides, great restaurants, boutiques and more. If you're looking to go off the beaten path on your D.C. trip, heading over to Alexandria is a great way to shake things up.
Washington D.C is a great travel destination with tons of things to offer whether you're heading there for a weekend trip or a longer stay. I hope this list helps to specify some great spots you can enjoy on your next trip!