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Things to do in Washington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The National Mall is basically Washington DC’s backyard – it’s a grassy lawn where visitors and locals hang out on sunny days. Full of world-class museums (we’ll get to this later) and fun festivals, the National Mall is the center of many activities in the city.”
  • 345 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Of course the entire Smithsonian Institution is a cultural landmark; but the Air Space Museum in particular is one of our favorites.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Market
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“A food hall that includes everything! Try to visit off-peak to avoid big crowds. ”
  • 442 locals recommend
Government building
“You can tour the White House, the iconic home of America’s president, by scheduling a visit in advance. Even if you are unable to schedule a visit, walk around to the back to get a closer view of the building.”
  • 229 locals recommend
Zoo
“If you love animals you are up for a trip. Private car there is parking or Uber. ”
  • 256 locals recommend
Science Museum
“One of the most popular museums on the Mall, and for good reason! After a long hiatus, the new-and-improved dinosaur hall has reopened and is a must-visit.”
  • 166 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Bustling marketplace since 1873 featuring a variety of produce, handmade crafts & prepared foods.”
  • 390 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“If you have enough time before your trip, contact your local Congressman and request a tour!”
  • 197 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Beautiful waterfront with very nice restaurants, bars, and shops. A very walkable neighborhood.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Spa
“Nightlife, casino, concerts, luxury shopping, and fine dining! MGM is only 20 minutes away without traffic. Considered the 2nd biggest casino in the U.S. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“Large park that follows a creek through the middle of the city to the National Mall. The park boasts trails, bike paths, public tennis courts, picnic areas, and The National Zoo.”
  • 221 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Enjoy a FREE world-class performance each and every day at the Millenium Stage!”
  • 195 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Visit and watch the Changing of the Guard, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Awarded "Nightclub of the Year" honors 4 times by Pollstar, the concert industry trade journal. it has also been Pollstar's top ticket selling club. Rolling Stone rated the club #1 Big Room in US. ”
  • 229 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Diners can lounge at the modern brasserie and sidewalk cafe for a long time; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.”
  • 264 locals recommend
Park
“A large park just a few blocks from the Airbnb. Now a local hangout for dog walks and warm-weather picnics, the park used to be an army camp during the Civil War and has a rich history. On good-weather Sundays there is a drum circle in the upper park - starts around 3pm.”
  • 248 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“Diners can lounge at the modern brasserie and sidewalk cafe for a long time; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.”
  • 264 locals recommend
Café
“great neighborhood coffee shop and location of. farmers market in warmer months ”
  • 181 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Vanessa is bonafide real New Jersey Italian. This is her favorite Italian restaurant in DC. Menu changes, but the lamb ragu is usually on the menu and is the best item.”
  • 184 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Sleek coffeehouse and lounge serving American bistro fare, milkshakes & specialty cocktails. Great for brunch.”
  • 171 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Reservations are hard to come by, but you might be able to snag a seat at the bar at this extremely popular restaurant!”
  • 181 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“This a great place for small plates at a reasonable price , the food is the best it is Only a 5 minute walk from out house in Edgehill village”
  • 157 locals recommend
Pub
“Boundary Stone Public House is a neighborhood establishment that fosters a welcoming environment for people to gather around food, drink, music and good company.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
“Ben's chili bowl is one of the oldest restaurants in DC and its where Obama can eat for free - for life! This counter service restaurant serves fast eats and of course Chili. Be prepared, there is typically a line.”
  • 138 locals recommend

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