Are you thinking about planning a trip to Washington, DC?  DC has so much to offer, it can be overwhelming. Even as a native to the area, I've not done all the things tourist do. I know, it's crazy! I've put together a list of all the must see, fun things to do in the city. I also have a suggestion about where you should stay while you are here.


There’s a lot to see in our nation's capital, so manage your time wisely, and plan ahead. There you can experience DC’s great museums, most of which have free entry – it’s one of the best things about the city. Here are our recommendations for things to do in DC:

  1. Indulge at Astro Donuts. It's DC’s best and most popular donut shop. They have innovative flavors like peanut butter, crème brulee, and s’mores.
  2. Grab your tickets for the Washington Monument when the ticket booth opens at 8:30. There will be a line, so get there early!
  3. Visit my favorite memorials, the FDR and World War II memorials.
  4. Walk on the National Mall.
  5. Tour the White House and the Capitol. (I cannot say I've done either though.)
  6. Get the best panoramic view of the city at the rooftop on the W Hotel.
  7. Explore my favorite museums the American History Museum.
  8. Watch an IMAX movie at the Air and Space Museum.
  9. Enjoy the beauty of botany at the US Botanical Gardens.
  10. Devour the city's best burger at Good Eats' Blazin Barn Burger, but opt for the turkey instead of beef; it's more flavorful.
  11. Catch one of the Kennedy Center's free nightly shows.
  12. Skip the line at Georgetown cupcake and head to Baked & Wired for a Strawberry Cupcake or Little Bertha’s Sandwich Cookie – think Little Debbie Sandwich Cookie but so, so much better.
  13. Grab a breakfast biscuit from A Baked Joint; you won't regret it. It's the sister bakery to Georgetown’s Baked & Wired.
  14. Walk 14th street to shop like a local. You'll spot nationally recognized American made shops too, like Shinola and Marine Layers.
  15. Discover local DC eats all in one place at Union Market.
  16. Go out of your way for the city's best pizza at Menomale.



Have you ever wondered whether anything is Made in Washington DC? Check out our list: Ten Things We Love, Made in DC!


16 Things to Do in Washington, DC