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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“The National Mall is basically Washington DC’s backyard – it’s a grassy lawn where visitors and locals hang out on sunny days. Full of world-class museums (we’ll get to this later) and fun festivals, the National Mall is the center of many activities in the city.”
  • 338 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Kids love it, but we all should. It has the history of aviation, aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and an IMAX theater.”
  • 219 locals recommend
Market
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“Indoor marketplace selling locally produced food & drink from over 20 vendors.”
  • 431 locals recommend
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Zoo
“Awesome place to visit with kids / family. The zoo is free. And while it isn't too large, there are plenty of wonderful animals to observe. Notably the pandas are probably the most popular attractions. ”
  • 257 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This is such a comprehensive natural history museum, and they recently opened a new dinosaur and fossil wing, which is amazing. There are great activities for kids, including a butterfly pavilion and hands-on demonstrations by museum staff.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Government building
“You can tour the White House, the iconic home of America’s president, by scheduling a visit in advance. Even if you are unable to schedule a visit, walk around to the back to get a closer view of the building.”
  • 236 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Waterfront
“About 20 minutes away, Old Town is sort of like Georgetown, but with easier parking. It's larger also, closeby to water, has a great vibe for going out, going for a walk, and is very charming.”
  • 157 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Farmers Market
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“Eastern Market is a historic market, built in 1873 as part of Pierre L’Enfant’s design for the city to include local neighborhood markets throughout the city. The architect of Eastern Market, Adolph Cluss, was the same architect who designed the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (the Smithsonian “castle” on the Mall!). The Market is open daily from 7am – 7pm (closed on Monday), and includes vendors who sell fresh local fish, meats, cheeses, flowers, and local goods. The big draw for the Market, however, is the weekend artisan market in which hundreds of DC’s local artists and crafters set up tents to sell their beautiful and artsy products. 7th street is closed down and it is a lot of fun! The artisan market is from 9am – 5pm each Saturday and Sunday. The Market Lunch is a cafe in the Market that serves a great breakfast - be sure to check it out! The “blue bucks” pancakes (blueberry buckwheat pancakes) are amazing and “the brick” is their famous breakfast sandwich.”
  • 392 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“ Visitors to Washington DC can see the building which houses the activities of the United States Congress. The Capitol Building offers free tours and special exhibits throughout the year.”
  • 200 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Performing Arts Venue
“The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts is a must to visit, its designed architecture, spectacular views, its Opera House, classic ballet and modern dance, Broadway musicals. At the pic one of mu sisters visiting some months ago.”
  • 197 locals recommend
Spa
“Whether you like to gamble, people watch or take in a show—this place has it all. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“The Burger is bomb, however the French Cuisine is to die for. It's a must have place to pop in weather its for breakfast lunch or dinner”
  • 262 locals recommend
Government Building
“The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Beautiful and monumental cemetery. You can witness the changing of the guard every hour. Check times in advance. If you come too late for the cherry blossoms, this is the next best spot since the cherry blossoms here bloom later than the ones along the tidal basin”
  • 85 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Music Venue
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“Nightclub and concert venue. Named one of the 10 best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone in 2018. Charlene has seen at least 30 shows here.”
  • 228 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“Nature and outdoor enthusiasts will love Rock Creek Park, a forrest-y enclave in the middle of DC. Those looking to pursue outdoor activities can hike, walk, bike, go horseback riding, play gold or tennis, and enjoy a picnic. ”
  • 218 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“The Burger is bomb, however the French Cuisine is to die for. It's a must have place to pop in weather its for breakfast lunch or dinner”
  • 262 locals recommend
Café
“Great local coffee shop. Beautiful outdoor terrace. Be on the lookout for special evening events and pop ups. Walkable - 7 minutes”
  • 179 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Italian-influenced American restaurant. Food and atmosphere is phenomenal - great date spot. ”
  • 182 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Toki Underground (1234 H St NE) is the best place in the city to get ramen. The wait is usually long, as the place is small and doesn’t accept reservations, so put your name down and go downstairs to The Pug for a beer while you wait. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This is a bar, bookstore and fun restaurant all in one. They also feature live talks and shows of various kinds on some nights. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Barcelona is our favorite wine & cocktails in town. It is always full of a variety of local and foreign people, with a lot of chances to meet new ones on a very nice atmosphere drinking wine and eating tasty food.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Hot Dog Restaurant
“A must for any celebrity visiting the city, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been a DC staple since it opened on U Street in 1958. The half-smoke toting restaurant’s storefront is plenty Instagrammable on its own, but the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl mural – featuring distinguished African American trailblazers and celebrities – is iconic. The colorful wall honors the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama, Dave Chappelle, Prince and Harriet Tubman.”
  • 136 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Located just down Monroe Street, I’m at The Coupe at least once a week! They do coffee and pastries to-go ($3-$5), as well as sit down breakfast ($15pp), lunch, and dinner. It’s pretty big so there isn’t usually a wait (Sometimes for brunch), and very reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out! ”
  • 171 locals recommend

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