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Omnia Saed

Omnia Saed

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Omnia Saed is a freelance journalist from Washington, D.C. You'll often spot her casually wandering around, happily munching on all the yummy treats she can get her hands on, and, of course, writing.

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The best things to do in Washington, D.C. right now

The best things to do in Washington, D.C. right now

Forget what you thought you knew about Washington, D.C.—the city's got way more to offer than just politics and government buildings—though we’ve got plenty of those, too. From free access to world-class museums to soaking up the sounds and beats of go-go, D.C. has got it all. So, after you snap your obligatory pic with the Lincoln Memorial, consider swinging by Ben's Chili Bowl for a legendary half-smoke. Or take a stroll through some of the nation’s best-kept parks before catching a show at the legendary Kennedy Center. The possibilities are endless and year-round. Here are the top things to do in Washington, D.C. this year. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. This guide was updated by D.C.-based writer Omnia Saed. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.  RECOMMENDED:👪 The best things to do in Washington D.C. with kids🌿 The best cannabis dispensaries in D.C.🧳 The best day trips from D.C. to get away from it all🍺 The best bars in D.C.🛏️ The best hotels in Washington D.C.🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Washington D.C.

The best cannabis dispensaries in Washington, D.C.

The best cannabis dispensaries in Washington, D.C.

Every year, hordes of people make their way to the nation's capital for the National Cannabis Festival, a lively event packed with top-notch performers, vendors, and mouth-watering cannabis-infused goodies. It’s a bit ironic, given that you can’t legally buy or produce cannabis in the city on a large scale. But hey, that doesn't seem to put a damper on anyone's mood. Plus, most dispensaries have come up with a solution. Recreational cannabis use is completely legal. And while D.C. dispensaries can't directly sell marijuana (except for medical reasons), they can gift up to 10 ounces of cannabis with the purchase of any other item. So explore some art, enjoy baked treats and experience the high life in D.C., where cannabis culture is alive and well. RECOMMENDED:🏢 The best things to do in Washington, D.C.🏛️ The best museums in D.C. to visit🧳 The best day trips from D.C. to get away from it all🍺 The best bars in D.C.🍽️ The best restaurants in D.C. right now

The best art walks for gallery hopping in NYC

The best art walks for gallery hopping in NYC

NYC is a top destination for viewing visual art, from world class art museums—including The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—that display some of the best artists spanning centuries to mind-blowing outdoor art and sculpture. To catch a glimpse of the current and cutting edge in the art world, New York’s legendary art galleries are not to be missed. Though there are well over 1,000 art galleries in the city, they’re concentrated in areas like Chelsea and the Lower East Side, making it easy to get your fill by tackling these recommended art walks in NYC. The best art walks in NYC will take you to iconic galleries that showcase major artists as well as up-and-comers making their mark in the world of art and design. View works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra as well as artists who are bound to be big names too. These galleries feature painting, sculpture and installations that are sure to impress. And while you may not be able to make a purchase, these galleries are free to visit. So lace up your shoes, get moving and check out these amazing NYC art walks.

The 11 best boat tours in NYC

The 11 best boat tours in NYC

In all of planet Earth, there is no other skyline quite like that of New York City. Whether by air or by land, the Big Apple’s skyscrapers and landmarks are iconic. But there’s one way of touring NYC that beats out the rest, hands down—by boat.  Whether from the upper deck of a yacht or hunkered down on a speedboat, views from the harbor show NYC at its absolute finest. From the Statue of Liberty to the One World Trade Center, you can take in all the biggest sights without dealing with packed subway cars and endless traffic jams. Below are some of the Big Apple’s biggest and best boat tours. How do we determine the cream of the crop? Our staff picks combine the top, most recent reviews with some of our personal favorites to make sure you get the best deal on the web. Throughout this article, you may notice some affiliate links – these have no influence on our editorial content – we pinky swear. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Washington, D.C. attractions

The best Washington, D.C. attractions

Living in D.C. is pretty amazing because there's always something happening, and our list of free things to do in D.C. is pretty long. Whether you're exploring the iconic Smithsonian museums, catching a glimpse of Abraham Lincoln's marble statue, or joining the festivities at Mardi Gras at The Wharf, D.C. is packed with endless opportunities to do, see, and enjoy. So, why spend your weekend dwelling on the state of the Union? Get out there and explore some sights. These are the best attractions in Washington, D.C. to kick things off. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Washington, D.C.

The best nightclubs in D.C. to party all night

The best nightclubs in D.C. to party all night

After diving deep into the intricacies of judicial procedure and the debt ceiling, it pays to know where to let off steam in D.C., and thankfully the options are plenty. Start with a solid pre-game at one of the city's best bars before hitting the town. Wherever you find yourself (spoiler alert: probably U Street), this list promises a good time. From electronica to Latin beats, brunches that never end and clubs that serve up pho for your late-night cravings, these are the best clubs in Washington, D.C. right now. RECOMMENDED:🌿 The best cannabis dispensaries in D.C. 🍴 The best restaurants in D.C.📍 The best things to do in D.C.📸 The most Instagrammable places in D.C.🏘️ The best Airbnbs in D.C.

The best places to go apple picking near Washington, D.C.

The best places to go apple picking near Washington, D.C.

Nothing entirely marks the start of fall like the smell of a freshly baked apple pie, the feel of a hot apple cider, or a caramel-coated apple... you get the point. It’s apple season. And lucky for us, there are plenty of places that will let you celebrate by picking them yourself. For folks in Washington, D.C., apple-picking options abound. And we’ve compiled a list of our favorite farms and orchards near and around the city. Take the whole family, or ride solo, it doesn’t matter. Relish all the grounds have to offer, and enjoy, in some cases, hayrides and corn mazes too—because it wouldn’t be autumn without those. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Washington, D.C

Bookmark these Black travel resources for your next U.S. getaway

Bookmark these Black travel resources for your next U.S. getaway

For Black travelers, a little extra research and preparation can go a long way in ensuring a safe, enjoyable and worry-free trip. Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help facilitate the process, including city guides that highlight Black-owned restaurants as well as designated directories of reliable Airbnbs, among other helpful guides. Planning your next U.S. getaway has never been easier and more stress-free thanks to the breadth of apps, blogs, lists, groups and influencers highlighted below. RECOMMENDED: 10 Fantastic Black-owned breweries and wineries

15 amazing Black-owned businesses in NYC to support right now

15 amazing Black-owned businesses in NYC to support right now

New York City’s unique cultural landscape is brought to life by Black-owned businesses. They celebrate the extraordinary communities that call New York City home and preserve the city’s rich cultural legacy. From food to fashion, Black businesses provide some of the best experiences the city has to offer. That’s why we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite places.  And if you’re looking to learn more or to stop by a Black business near you, check out ByBlack, a business directory launched by the Black U.S. chambers of commerce that allows you to connect with Black businesses from across the country!  

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Union Market

Union Market

What is Union Market? Union Market is a lively food hall in Washington, D.C., with over 35 vendors dishing out everything from sushi to tacos to gumbo and ramen. The hall also boasts a rooftop bar to chill with games, enjoy some green space, catch a movie, and soak in fantastic city views. Is Union Market worth visiting? Union Market is worth visiting to get a feel for D.C.'s culture, its people and food. The chocolate chip cookies from Bee J’s Cookies alone are worth the trip! Tickets, accessibility and booking The market welcomes visitors daily from 8am to 9pm. While there's no admission fee, you pay for your food at each stall. Where’s good to eat at Union Market? With over 35 choices, deciding where to eat can be overwhelming. A great starting point is Puddin’. Tucked in the back of the Market, this Southern comfort food stall serves mouthwatering gumbo.  

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

What is the Arlington National Cemetery? The Arlington National Cemetery is one of two cemeteries managed by the US Army. With over 400,000 buried, it is the final resting place for veterans from every American conflict, tracing back to the Revolutionary War. Notable American figures, including John F. Kennedy, Medgar Evers, and Grace Hopper, also rest within its hallowed grounds. Are they worth visiting? To pay respects to American veterans, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier—a historic monument for unidentified U.S. service members—the National Cemetery is a worthwhile visit. Tickets, accessibility and booking Entry to Arlington National Cemetery is free, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available every 20 minutes, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, starting at $19.50. Where’s good to eat near the Arlington National Cemetery? Right by the cemetery, you've got Lost Dog Cafe—a cozy family-owned spot. They've got it all, from clam chowder to penne pasta, not to mention pizzas and a whopping selection of over 25 sandwiches.

National Archives

National Archives

What are the National Archives? Step into the National Archives, and you'll dive into a treasure trove of historical documents and exhibits on the history of the United States. Notable highlights include the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Are the National Archives worth visiting? If you've memorized every line from Nicholas Cage's cinematic masterpiece, National Treasure, or you're just a history enthusiast, then this is the spot for you. Tickets, accessibility and booking Entry to the National Archives is free, and while reservations aren't mandatory, they are highly recommended, especially between March and Labor Day, to skip potential long lines. Where’s good to eat near the National Archives? For more historical exploration, swing by Old Ebbits Grill, D.C.'s oldest saloon established in 1856. Over the years, it played host to Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt.

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

What is the National Gallery of Art? The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is among North America's largest museums. Open to the public and free of charge, it features an extensive collection of Western art, paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. The collection spans from the Middle Ages to the present. Is the National Gallery of Art worth visiting? If you're into art, you absolutely have to check out the National Gallery of Art in D.C. Fun fact, the gallery proudly houses the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Americas, "Ginevra de' Benci." Tickets, accessibility and booking Admission is free. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm and closed on December 25 and January 1. Where’s good to eat near the National Gallery of Art? Great art deserves great food to match. Take a stroll to The Smith, an American brasserie with fantastic cocktails and entrees, and be sure to try their delicious sticky toffee Pudding.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park

What is Rock Creek Park? Rock Creek Park is a massive 1,754-acre playground in Northwest Washington. The park brings a touch of the outdoors to the city. Beyond exploring the park's 32 miles of hiking trails, you can tee off at the 18-hole golf course, ride horses along 13 miles of bridle trails, and set sail on the Potomac River. It's the perfect blend of nature and adventure in the heart of the city. Is Rock Creek Park worth visiting? For those longing for the outdoors, a casual stroll, or a bit of fresh air, Rock Creek Park is definitely worth a visit. Tickets, accessibility and booking The park is free, and no entry pass is required. Just a heads up, it's usually open year-round during daylight hours and closes after dark. Where’s good to eat near Rock Creek Park? After some hiking, you’ll likely get hungry. Duke’s Counter is a great spot for wings, salads, mac and cheese, and more importantly, some of the best burgers in the city.