There are so many beautiful places to visit in Washington, DC. From where to stay, where to eat, and what to do, you won’t regret a visit to this beautiful city. Some of my favorites include walking down the streets of Georgetown, a neighborhood in Washington, DC, and enjoying the green spaces at the National Mall. You certainly won’t be disappointed if you’re lucky to visit these five beautiful places in Washington, DC.
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5 Beautiful Places In Washington DC
I was fortunate enough to visit Washington for work on three separate occasions. Whenever I could, I would tag on extra days and would go out and visit as much of the city as I could when I had spare time. I also had the unique advantage of having local colleagues offer their local take on the best places to eat and where to stay. Washington, D.C., is one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s beautiful, clean, has lots of green spaces, and holds so much history.
There’s the hustle and bustle vibe to this city that is contagious. When you visit this city for the first time, you’ll quickly feel the enormous political power this city holds, given it is home to the White House (and the U.S. Capitol).
Washington is home to some of the most historical and recognizable monuments, memorials, galleries, and museums. Some include Martin Luther King Jr, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The National Air and Space Museum, The National Gallery of Art National Museum, and The Library of Congress are popular sites to visit.
You will have seen many of Washington’s monuments and landscapes countless times on T.V. or in movies. I found that everything about the city was better and even more grandiose than I could’ve ever imagined after seeing them countless times on the big screen.
If you’ve watched the T.V. series The West Wing (I’ve watched the series four times!) and notably the T.V. series Scandal – the way they portray the city landscape and its many monuments will be precisely how you would’ve imagined, actually better.
The White House
I’m a political nerd, so I was personally star-struck to be so close to The White House and actually to get to visit the East Wing. Tour requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress no less than 21 days in advance.
The White House, at least the East Wing, felt smaller than I had imagined. There are so many rooms, but they are all relatively small. It was neat to visit many of the rooms that you might’ve heard of or seen on T.V., such as the Blue room, the Red Room, the Green Room, and the Vermeil room.
The U.S. Capitol
The United States Capitol, also referred to as the Capitol Building, is home to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. federal government’s legislative branch.
It’s much easier to get passes for guided tours to visit the Capitol Building than visit the White House. It’s a pretty neat building, and if you’re a fan of politics and like visiting these places when visiting a new city, this is for you. Reservations are recommended but not required.
The U.S. Capitol is located at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The National Mall
The National Mall is my favorite location in Washington, D.C. It’s a park that stretches 2 miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Also, it’s home to my favorite, The Washington Monument. It’s a pretty special moment the first time you see it.
You’ll also find at the National Mall the World War II Memorial. A beautiful and powerful park.
The Washington Monument
There’s just something about this monument. I must’ve taken pictures of this monument from every possible angle. It’s so majestic and can be seen from every corner of the city. The Washington Monument was built to commemorate George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Where to Stay
The first time I visited Washington, D.C., I stayed at the Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown. I also stayed at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, which was great and the perfect location for sightseeing and being close to the world-famous monuments.
Where to Eat
The Hamilton was my favorite place to eat in Washington, DC. The restaurant offers an eclectic vibe and an extensive menu. I’ve returned many times.
The Capital Grille is a popular spot for great steak and wine if you want to treat yourself to fine dining.
Just steps away from Washington, D.C., is my kind of town: quaint and charming Georgetown.
On my first visit to Washington, D.C., and my first time exploring Georgetown, I stumbled upon ENO Wine Bar, a cute little wine bar. Every time I’ve returned to Washington, D.C., I’ve made a point to return to this wine bar. They have a great wine list and will help you pair it with cheeses, charcuterie boards, and even chocolate! This is the place to go if you’re into charcuterie boards and good wine. I like sitting at the bar where you can interact with staff who often have great stories and backgrounds.
M Street N.W. offers lots of great little boutiques and shops. On one side, if you take one of the side roads, it’ll take you to the waterfront, and there you can find great dining spots with a view. On the other side, if you take any side streets, you’ll walk by some of the most picturesque brick houses. The bricks century style homes are so beautiful, just walking in the little streets will make your heart happy.
The city lies on the Potomac River, which flows through many cities, including Washington. It’s the fourth largest river close to the Atlantic Ocean. Washington has a similar climate to some Canadian regions, with winter months that can be quite cold and summers that can be hot and humid.
You’ll enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms if you’re lucky enough to visit in the spring. Although I always visited the city in the spring, I unfortunately still just missed the cherry blossoms. I want to come back to witness the beautiful cherry blossoms.
I would recommend visiting the city in the warmer months, especially if it’s your first visit, to make walking around and sightseeing easier.
I love this city, and I cannot recommend it enough; I cannot wait until I get the chance to visit again. If you’re looking for some ideas for a three-day itinerary, you can check out this article.
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