Must-Do Attractions in Washington, D.C.: A Travel Feature

June 24, 2019

Anybody have great summer travel plans coming up? ? If you’re headed anywhere in the D.C. area, I have some advice and experience to share that I hope you’ll find helpful!

My family visited D.C. recently, and we had the best time. After making the very most of the five days we had (itinerary below), I came up with this list of things you absolutely don’t want to pass on:

  • See the “Amazing Grace” Broadway. It was SO GOOD. We’ve been to several, even on Broadway in NYC, and this was the best we’ve been to. It’s worth the money and more!
  • Rent scooters and drive around the mall at night (miss lots of extra traffic!).
  • Eat banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery in Union Station.
  • Schedule a Capitol tour through your local congressman.*
  • See the First Ladies Gallery in the Smithsonian of American History.
  • Schedule a photo shoot somewhere! The buildings and details in the area are AMAZING.
  • Rent an Airbnb, if possible. It’s mostly cheaper than using a local hotel. We actually didn’t find very great restaurants, FYI — so we cooked a lot in the Airbnb! (Link here: https://www.airbnb.com/c/charityw153?currency=USD )

*I wish that we would have scheduled the White House tour in advance. You have to reach out a minimum of three months ahead of time, and you can do this through a congressman.

We had five days in D.C., so we were able to fit a lot of fun into our schedule:

Day 1: We went to the Smithsonian upon our arrival, then we did scooters around the National Mall at night.

Day 2: Breakfast at the house. Pictures at the Lincoln Memorial. Smithsonian American history. Holocaust Museum. “Amazing Grace” Broadway show at 7 pm.

Day 3: Changing of Guards ‪@ 9:3‬0 am. Money Museum. Museum of the Bible. Archives Day.

Day 4: Library of Congress tour at ‪11:30 am. Capitol Tour at ‪1:45 pm. Botanic Garden. Dinner at Union Station.

Day 5: FBI Museum. Lunch at Union Station. Ride bikes to White House. Trump Hotel.

If you’ve ever been to D.C., I’d love to hear about it! Let me know your favorite parts of the trip in the comments below.

Until next time — XOXO,