DC Recommendations

Welcome to Washington, DC! We're super excited that you're coming to town for a visit - and we've compiled this list of what to experience when you're here thanks to our wonderful Orange Army.

In addition to stopping by our office in Arlington, VA (located 5 minutes outside of Georgetown), below is a list of restaurants, museums, activities, events and stuff we think you should check out while you're in town.

Welcome to Washington, DC! We're super excited that you're coming to town for a visit - and we've compiled this list of what to experience when you're here thanks to our wonderful Orange Army. Besides stopping by our office in Arlington, VA (located 5 minutes outside of Georgetown), below is the list of restaurants, museums, activities, events and stuff to check out.

Restaurants

Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8783 | www.wearefoundingfarmers.com

Located just three blocks west of the White House, this is a great farm-to-table American eatery. The restaurant features a rustic style, comfort cuisine, and provides something-for-everyone in large portions. Dishes we love include: chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, devilish eggs, mac-n-cheese, beignets and the warm cookie assortment. Ask about the sides that are not listed on the menu. Reservations are highly recommended.

Belga Café

514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0100 | www.belgacafe.com

Serving, lunch, dinner, the ever popular brunch and "Dinsdag Mossel," the Belga Cafe features an open kitchen, European casual dining room along with a sidewalk cafe. It is a small piece of Brussels on Capitol Hill. After your meal, plan to walk around and explore Eastern Market.

Co. Co. Sala

929 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4265 | www.cocosala.com

Located in Chinatown, Co. Co. Sala is a sweet spot in the city. You must try the shrimp and bacon mac ‘n cheese, frites and a Cocojito. Feel like sitting outside? Ask for patio or rooftop garden seating. Also swing next door to sample chocolate from the chocolate shop. Have you ever tried chocolate covered bacon? Ask for a gift box; they make perfect gifts.

Filomena Ristorante

1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-8800 | www.filomena.com

Voted in the top three Italian restaurants by Washingtonian Magazine, Filomena has been one of Washington DC's premier restaurants for over 30 years. Located in Georgetown, overlooking the historic C&O Canal, Filomena offers authentic cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. The portions are huge, so split an appetizer, entree and dessert. Reservations are recommended.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

The Washington Harbour
3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783 | www.farmersfishersbakers.com

Farmers Fishers Bakers is a full service upscale casual restaurant with an in-house bakery, sushi counter and full bar with 24 beer taps. The year-round patio offers water views of Washington Harbour. We love the market buffet brunch ($29.99/pp). Reservations are recommended.

Ted’s Bulletin

1818 14th Street NW - (202) 265-8337
505 8th Street SE - (202) 544-8337
www.tedsbulletin.com

Everyone loves Ted's. If you go, you must try a Ted Tart (delicious homemade pop tarts) or their boozy milkshakes. They also serve breakfast all day. We recommend you go on a Thursday night to try Ted's TV Dinner Night ($16.99/pp). Reduce your wait time and call ahead.

ToroToro

1300 Eye Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-9500 | www.richardsandoval.com/torotorodc

Here, food is more than a meal - it's an event. Discover the tantalizing cuisine of acclaimed Chef, Richard Sandoval. The menu includes an array of hot and cold plates, steaks and savory small plates meant for sharing. Plus try the unlimited brunch ($43.95/pp). Buen provecho!

Bourbon Steak

Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026 | www.bourbonsteakdc.com

Located just off the lobby of the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, this restaurant features a dramatic steakhouse experience - chic, modern and visually striking. It's the culinary vision of James Beard award-winning chef and internationally renowned restaurateur, Michael Mina. Every order comes with a trio of fresh duck fat fries and dips.

Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3086 | http://tokiunderground.com

Treat a friend to the authentic taste of Taiwanese ramen and dumplings. Eat at the bar for an authentic experience. Note that the space is small, with only 28 seats, so plan ahead if you're in a big group. This restaurant doesn't take reservations on weekends and is closed on Sunday. If you can't make a reservation, try going at an off time, since the wait can be long.

G by Mike Isabella

2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5015 | http://gbymikeisabella.com

Mike Isabella, formerly from The Food Network’s Top Chef, opened this restaurant on DC's bustling 14th Street. One of this restaurant's main attraction's is the $40/pp meal, “Sunday Gravy” – a fixed menu that includes a big bowl of meatballs, sausage and pork shoulder. On the go? Order a Picnic Basket by G for 2 people ($39) or 4 people ($79).

Museums

The Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 292-6100 | www.newseum.org

The Newseum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. The dynamic, engaging and interactive Newseum allows visitors to experience the stories of yesterday and today through the eyes of the media. TripAdvisor rated the Newseum as a “Traveler’s Choice Top 10 Museum in the U.S.”

The National Building Museum

401 F St NW , Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448 | www.nbm.org

The National Building Museum is devoted to the history and impact of the built environment. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum has a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze. Check out the new beach exhibit - an “ocean” of nearly 1 million translucent plastic balls and a shoreline spotted with beach chairs and tables. Yes, you can jump in!

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 633-1000 | www.mnh.si.edu

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution. NMNH is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions and education outreach programs. NMNH is open daily from 10:00am - 5:30pm. Admission is free, except where noted.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2214 | https://airandspace.si.edu

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is the most popular of all the Smithsonian museums - and the most visited museum in the country. This museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. The museum is open daily from 10:00am - 5:30pm. Admission is free, except where noted.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg PI SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 488-0400 | www.ushmm.org

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity. Located among our national monuments, the museum is open daily from 10:00am - 5:20pm. Admission is free, except where noted.

The International Spy Museum

800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-7798    www.spymuseum.org

Love James Bond? Head over to The International Spy Museum, which includes the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions, bringing to life the strategies and techniques behind the most secretive espionage missions in world history. Be sure to book an interactive spy experience - it's a mission, not an exhibit. Tickets are required.

Activities

Kayaking on the Potomac

3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-9642 | www.boatingindc.com/key-bridge-boathouse

See the city...from the water! That's right, it's time for an adventure on the water. At the Key Bridge Boathouse you can reserve a kayak, a canoe, paddle boards or a pedal boat. Classes are available for purchase, such as the paddle board fitness class. Call ahead for operation hours (202) 337-9642. Rental price range from $15 to $30 per hour. The minimum rental time is one hour.

Segway Tours of DC

1350 I St NW,  Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-1980    www.capitalsegway.com

Are you hot and tired from walking for miles around The National Mall? Check out Capitol Segway - many of our team mates can attest how fun it is. With a top speed of 12.5 mph, glide around the White House, The Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian museums and more. No prior segway experience required. Tour prices range from $65 to $80. Advance tickets are strongly recommended as tours sell out fast.

Paddle Boating on the Tidal Basin

1501 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 479-2426    www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com

Take a break from touring and get score some fun in the sun! Rent a paddle boat with one, two or a group. You can see The Jefferson Memorial and the Japanese Cherry Trees from the water. The cost is $15/hour for a two passenger boat and $24/hour for a four passenger boat. Rentals are available daily from 10:00am - 6:00pm; last rental sold at 5:00pm.

 

The Fish Market

Hoffman-Madison Waterfront
690 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
www.wharfdc.com/fish-market

Nestled between the National Mall and the Potomac River,The Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest operating open-air fish market in the United States. Choose from more than 10 unique shops including Jesse Taylor Seafood, Captain White’s Seafood City and Jimmy’s Grill. Stock up on filets for dinner, or grab a hot plate of crawfish, walk over to the Tidal Basin and have a picnic.

Shop in Georgetown

Georgetown, Washington DC
http://washington.org/DC-guide-to/georgetown

Stroll along the cobblestone streets of DC’s oldest neighborhood, Georgetown. Things you can check out here include the famous Georgetown Cupcake, roaming around the scenic waterfront, exploring the many restaurants, shopping at the countless boutiques and antique shops, biking along the capital crescent trail and ice skating (in the winter of course).

Events

The Kennedy Center

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000    www.kennedy-center.org

The Kennedy Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial, opened to the public in September 1971. Here you can catch a concert, see an opera or book tickets to hear a symphony. There is free performance every evening at 6:00pm. Acts include everything from performances by the National Symphony Orchestra to poetry slams.

A Washington National’s Baseball Game

Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287 | http://washington.nationals.mlb.com

The Nationals Park is located south of the Capitol. The stadium not only redefines modern sports architecture, but also serves as the cornerstone of a new mixed-use Capitol Riverfront. Plan to check out the stadiums 50+ concession stands/restaurants - including gluten free options. Ticket prices varies and don't need to be purchased in advance. Go Nats!

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington, DC

(202) 289-3360 | www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/press/2015/jazzinthegarden.html

n oasis in the city, the 6.1-acre Sculpture Garden is home to modern large-scale sculpture, as well as the Friday night Jazz in the Garden concert series (in summer) and an ice rink (in winter). The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors; tickets or passes are not required. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1.

The Verizon Center

601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-3200    http://verizoncenter.monumentalnetwork.com

Come on down to the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood and see The Verizon Center - a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility. Home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas’s men’s basketball team, the arena averages 220 events a year. The 20,000-seat arena offers world-class sporting events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and special events.

Free Things

Tour the National Monuments and Memorials

The most popular are the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and the WWII Memorial. They are spread across DC, so taking a guided tour is the best option if you want to see a lot. To see the top of the Washington Monument, go to the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th street, for free, same day, timed tickets. The lodge opens at 8:30am for the distribution of tickets. Arrive early because they are distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Tours of the White House are also free and need to be scheduled in advance.

The National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888
https://nationalzoo.si.edu

The National Zoo is really cool! The zoo is home to about 1,800 animals from 300 different species. The most popular residents are the giant pandas (there are panda cubs!). The zoo also has great apes, big cats, Asian elephants, reptiles, birds and many more animals. The National Zoo is open every day of the year (10:00am - 6:00pm) except December 25. Admission is always free.

Outdoor Summer Movies

www.dcoutdoorfilms.com

All you need is a blanket (or chairs) and a few of your favorite movie snacks. Monday nights, relax at “Screen on the Green” on the National Mall. There are also several locations around DC that host outdoor movies. Dates, titles and locations may change without notice, especially for bad weather. Check official screening sites for confirmation before heading out.

Visit United States Botanical Garden

100 Maryland Ave, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 226-8333 | www.usbg.gov

Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum. Walk through the garden and learn about the importance of plants to the well-being of humans and the earth's fragile ecosystems. From roses to orchids, the rainforest and to rare endangered plants, you will find a world of plants in bloom at the National Garden, the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.

Check out the National Archives

700 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, DC 20004
(866) 272-6272 | www.archives.gov

Walk through the building that holds the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Take the time to plan your visit; you need at least 90 minutes to explore our exhibits and learning center. The National Archives Museum is open seven days a week from 10am - 5:30pm. Admission is always free.

Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

300 14th St SW, Washington, DC 20228
(202) 874-2330 | www.moneyfactory.gov

Located in the heart of the Nation's Capital, this is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency. The 40-minute experience includes an introductory film and gallery tour of the production process. Admission is free, however tickets are required March through August.

See Ford’s Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4833 | www.fordstheatre.org

Ford’s Theatre celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, it's the premier destination to experience Lincoln's presidency, assassination and legacy. A limited number of free tickets are available at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office beginning at 8:30am. Advance tickets begin at $2.50/pp.

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