50 things to do in Washington, DC

Your ultimate guide to things to do in Washington, DC—from DC's best restaurants and shops to museums and sightseeing

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Searching for things to do in Washington, DC? Look no further! Whether you've lived here since the Carter Administration or are just in town for the weekend, our guide to DC will take you through the 50 best things to see and do in our nation's capital. Whether you feel like eating and drinking your way through the city, escaping outdoors, or exploring the town's quirky underbelly, there are plenty of ways to fill a weekend in Washington.

DC's dining scene is hot right now. From Detroit-style coney dogs at Ivy & Coney to Taiwanese-style dumplings at Toki Underground, there's no shortage of delicious, creative eateries in the District. For fancier fare, try the cosmopolitan menu at Rose’s Luxury, or pair cocktails with small plates at the Columbia Room. If you're feeling particularly carnivorous, head to Honey Pig, a Korean grill in Annandale. There's no shortage of watering holes in Washington either, from low-key sports bars to upscale clubs. Try the elegant, sceney Eighteenth Street Lounge, or raise a stein at Biergartenhaus.

For something truly different, you don't need to dig deep in DC. Compete in tough trivia at Wonderland Ballroom, try upright paddleboarding at Key Bridge Boathouse, play a round of indoor mini golf at H Street Country Club, or join in an informal drum circle at Meridian Hill Park. If you're looking for something a bit more high-minded, don't miss the Newseum, the Museum of Natural History or the Air & Space Museum—the latter two situated in that great museum complex, the National Mall. Here's where you'll find the bulk of the museums affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the largest such complex in the world.

If you happen to be in town in the spring, check out some of DC's best festivals, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Passport DC—where you can tour over 40 embassies. And if this gets you in the mood for a tour of government buildings, you're in the right city: you can glimpse the most important historical documents America has to offer at the National Archives, or one of the world's most iconic buildings—the White House.

No matter what you're looking for, our Washington, DC guide can help you plan your visit, or simply inspire you to see your city in a new way. Now read on for our full list of the 50 best things to do in Washington, DC…



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