Travel Guide | Washington DC

Weekend Day Ventures in Washington, D.C.

There are so many must-do activities in Washington, D.C. Here’s a list of a few of my favorite D.C. explorations to make the most of your weekend.

Established professionals are quick to rattle off their list of must-do activities while you spend your summer in Washington, D.C. Topping the list are their recommendations to tour the monuments at night, attend a Nationals baseball game, and sample dessert at Georgetown Cupcake (and check out the equally satisfying but under-the-radar Baked and Wired). Welcome to Washington, D.C., where current events, politics and happy hours cater to young and seasoned working professionals alike!

I arrived in Washington, D.C. in early June, excited for the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, as well as explore one of our nation’s grandest and oldest cities. My roommates and I currently live at the UC Washington Center in Dupont Circle, a convenient location for twenty-somethings who value easy transportation and nearby restaurants.

I have since compiled a list of my favorite activities thus far:

ON SUNDAYS WE BRUNCH

Brunch is to D.C. what organic produce is to San Francisco – or something along those lines. Since I began my journey in the capital, Thrillist.com and Yelp.com have provided me with a long list of top-rated restaurants that offer bottomless mimosas and delicious and unique Sunday brunch fare. My favorite restaurant is Founding Farmers, which is well known for its made-to-order, Louisiana-style beignets. Grab a group, make a reservation, and prepare for a fun atmosphere with excellent cuisine. While I have yet to try the Tabard Inn, one of D.C.’s oldest hotels, this is also a popular, must-eat destination. Psttt… my reservation is for next Sunday! Other fan favorites include: Le Diplomate and Farmers Fishers and Bakers.

MONUMENTS AT NIGHT

The National Mall, which commonly refers to the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol, is breathtaking. Segway, bike, walk, or jog it. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Memorial – a few of my favorites – are breathtaking during the day but even more spectacular at night.

Do you like to run? The November Project meets every Wednesday at 6:30 AM to run the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It’s free and a great workout!

The Washington Monument

BIKE TO OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, VA

One beautiful Saturday, my friend and I decided to bike to Mt. Vernon. After renting bikes at Bike and Roll, we were off on the beautiful Mt. Vernon Trail, which follows the Potomac River out of Washington, D.C. The trail was not overly busy, but it was certainly popular among joggers and bikers. Unfortunately, our growling stomachs “forced” us to stop in Old Town Alexandria for a late lunch and – my favorite – cupcakes.

Old Town possesses so much charm! Shopping and restaurants can be found along the waterfront. We had delicious, savory crepes and excellent service at Fontaine, which was conveniently located across the street from our desert destination of choice: Lavender Moon Cupcakery! I enjoyed my flourless chocolate cupcake with sea salt and almond so much that I had to immediately buy and consume a second one.  Though our afternoon spent touring the streets of Old Town was short, I could have easily spent a full day enjoying its many charms.

Courtney Taylor

University of California, Berkeley | 1 story

Courtney is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is pursuing a double major in Media Studies & Political Science. As a northern California native, she enjoys meeting new people, running half marathons, and exploring local farmers markets. She believes that every day should be an adventure.


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