The history buff
Washington DC may be the hub of federal government but it’s much more than just a coat-and-tie city.
Visitors should visit the National Mall, which consists of 19 Smithsonian museums, all free – perfect for a budget-friendly holiday. A few notable ones are the National Museum of History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of American History. Another must-see in DC is, of course, the White House, where you’ll want to snap a few selfies and enjoy a view of the historic grounds.
No visit would be complete without visiting Georgetown. It’s one of the oldest neighbourhoods in DC and has upscale shops, cosy cafes and chic restaurants along its cobblestone streets and handsome low-rises.
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DC is a great city for foodies. Start with a visit to Union Market, where you can try a variety of cuisines – from Israeli to Italian to Japanese.
To work off the feast, head over to DC’s buzziest new district, The Wharf. Located on the new waterfront, it’s got splendid views of the Potomac river as well as loads of shops to browse. In case you’re still peckish, there are also dozens of restaurants nearby, including Kith/Kin (Afro-Caribbean) at the InterContinental and Mi Vida (Mexican).
A short walk away is a true local gem – the Fish Market. Make sure to try the Maryland blue crabs, caught locally in Chesapeake Bay, or fresh oysters.
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The night owl
DC comes alive by night. Take in a rock-jazz performance at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan, or catch a show at the Anthem, located in The Wharf district, which showcases upcoming indie bands as well as more established touring musicians (including Leon Bridges on 3 October and Nick Cave on 25 October).
For a more low-key evening, book a Monuments by Moonlight tour or rent a bike and cruise around the National Mall, which is really the best way to see the monuments in all of their floodlit glory. Finish the evening with a nightcap at one of my favourite bars: POV at the top of the W Hotel in Penn Quarter offers million-dollar views.