Summer travel is upon us and the first stop on my list was Washington DC. Marriott hotels’ Autograph Collection invited me to visit, so I obviously agreed to join the ride. My spots from this trip are mostly courtesy of my Instagram community. While I didn’t get a chance to try many of the places on my list, I trust the judgement of my followers!
Where to stay:
I chose The Alexandrian Hotel right across the bridge from DC in Alexandria, VA. This is the place to stay if you want to be close to the action, but not too close. I chose this option as it’s quieter and more low-key than DC’s downtown, but unbelievably charming and 15 mins from the city.
1. See the tourist things.
White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial
Monument bus tour at night
Museums (Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art)
Capitol Hill to Lincoln Memorial by bike
Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms gifted from Japan at the start of Spring
2. Go for drinks.
Barcelona for a wine bar and happy hour spot
Barmini by José Andrés for high-end craft cocktails
18th Street Lounge for great live music and cocktails
3. Eat your heart out.
Fancy Radish for inventive vegan eats
Le Diplomate for incredible French cuisine
Rose Luxury for dinner and drinks on Capitol Hill
Pineapple and Pearls for a fine dining experience
Ray’s Hell Burger for a casual burger spot
Sakuramen for make-your-own ramen bowls
Baked and Wired for the best cupcakes and cookies in town
Char bar for the only kosher meat restaurant in town
Zatinya for Mediterranean food and the most recommended spot to eat by my followers
4. Need more recommendations?
City Center for food and shopping
Tyson’s Galleria for shopping and less sales tax than NYC
Georgetown to see DC’s most historic neighborhood and walk along the waterfront
Hope you enjoy your time in DC! Did I miss any spots? Comment below!