Perhaps D.C.’s most popular neighborhood, Dupont Circle is beloved for its convenient location and long-standing bars and restaurants that draw regulars. It also happens to be a top destination for the city’s gay community.
A number of independent art galleries, fantastic restaurants and buzzing restaurants pepper the neighborhood’s streets. Fans of art will appreciate the Phillips Collection, where Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" is on display along with a room filled entirely with Mark Rothko paintings. For a glass of champagne and an equally bubbly atmosphere, head to Bistrot du Coin, a long-standing French restaurant and bar that's always humming. You can't beat the burger at Duke's Grocery and just next door are a concentration of the city's crown culinary jewels: Komi, Little Serow and Sushi Taro. Catch the Sunday farmers market if you can.
If you're driving, expect plenty of congestion due to the busy traffic circles. Weekends tend to draw a young crowd, so be prepared for the bars to get packed and a little rowdy.
Book a room at the Tabard Inn, a historic and charming bed and breakfast offering a legendarily delicious brunch and gorgeous hidden garden.