Washington DC: Travel Guide

Home to monuments, museums, and memorials – Washington DC is one trip you shouldn’t pass up. Known as our nation’s capital for good reason. This was a quick weekend trip for us. There is still much more to see. I‘d like to give you my guide to Washington DC.

Hotel Stay

GRAND HYATT – For starters, we wanted to be sure to stay close to The National Mall. Most of our trip was to include the monuments and memorials which are primarily located at the Mall. We were are to walk to places from our hotel. This helps avoid the cost that may add up from an Uber. The lobby was gorgeous. Affordable rooms made it helpful to put money into other stuff during the trip. Dining offered in-room or restaurant. Great size rooms too!


If you are heading to DC with food on the mind, look no farther. These are places we were able to enjoy during our visit. They were all delicious! 

Old Ebbitt Grill – This is a known iconic tavern were you can grab oysters, mouthwatering burgers, tasty sandwiches, and many other great choices! 

Founding farmers – Located just three blocks west of the White House, this urban farmhouse style restaurant was a great breakfast option before starting our day. 

Lincoln’s Waffle Shop – There was a line out the door to wait for this one. It was definitely worth the wait! A personal favorite of mine. Some would call this a whole in a wall. Those are always the best right? Located in downtown DC on historic 10th street NW. 

The Capital Grille – We wanted a fancy dinner night before we left so we looked into fine dining in the area. We love this place! Food cooked to perfection. Highly recommend! (:


The National Mall and Memorial Park – We wanted to experience everything Washington had to offer. I assumed our best bet would be to make our way to the National Mall. 11 different monuments and memorials to see. 

The White House – Back in the day as a safety patrol, I had the pleasure of touring inside the widely admired landmark. Tours are not as easy to come by since 9/11. You can schedule this in advance though. You are able to see and take pictures from the street though. 

The Smithsonian – Running adjacent to the National Mall you will find many of the Smithsonian Institutions. We went to the National Museum of Natural History. It has the largest collection of natural history in the world. Even though we were here for over 5 hours. We still didn’t see everything. 

Bike Tours – Just a side note. If you want to switch up how you get around there are bike rentals. Everywhere. We used Capital Bikeshare. It’s all control over an app. Easy and fast to use. Unlock your bike via QR code. Ride desires distance. Return to any station but be sure it locks. The light should turn green. $8 for a 24 hr pass is a steal! 

*This is not a sponsored or affiliated post just my personal opinions.*

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