Fun Facts About Washington D.C
- Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States (I am embarrassed to say I didn’t remember that).
- Washington D.C. is made up of 4 quadrants: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. If you tour The Capitol Building you will get to see the compass that determined the 4 quadrants as it the center point of Washington!
- Popular neighborhoods: Georgetown (Oldest neighborhood in D.C), Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, 14th Street, Navy Yard, Bloomingdale, Southwest Waterfront, National Mall, Chinatown, Penn Quarter, Shaw.
- Home to many famous monuments and museums and my favorite thing, blooming Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin.
Washington DC Travel Guide
Where I Stayed:
- Mandarin Oriental which is in the Southwest quadrant and walking distance from the new Distract Wharf and lucky enough 1 mile from where our bike tour started so we could walk to the bike tour and walk home.
- 15 minute drive from the DCA Airport (which is the one we chose to fly into)
- 5 mile walk to the White House
- Surrounding neighborhoods: Georgetown, Penn Quarter, China Town
My Itinerary: April 12-April 15th
- Arrive in D.C: 4:30pm: Airport 15 min drive to our hotel: Mandarin Oriental
- Room Service: We were so exhausted from the long travel day we decided to stay in eat and go to bed early so we could get up early for a full day Saturday. Room Service at a hotel is also one of my most favorite things in the world.
- 10:15 am brunch @ Founding Farmers
- Explored Georgetown: Walked up and down M street where a lot of great shopping is, went into Laduree, and Georgetown Cupcakes. Around the corner from Georgetown cupcakes is Café Georgetown where we ordered the cutest cherry blossom late art. Café Georgetown is also on the same street where I took the photos in front of the pink camellia flowers. If you keep walking down and up those streets you can explore all of the darling colorful, and brick townhomes and walkups.
- Sweetgreen Georgetown: Experienced my first Sweetgreen, and MY GOODNESS I am obsessed and need AZ to get one ASAP
- Bike Tour @ 6:30PM: (3 hour tour) This was bar far a big highlight of the trip for me. I would highly recommend the Bike and Roll tour to see the memorials at night. We saw 8 memorials while also getting exercise outside in beautiful weather. At each memorial you have about 10 minutes to tour each of them yourself after your tour guide gives you a brief 5 minute review of each. I loved that because I felt like she was giving us the most important information and then if you wanted to know more you could read up on it or go back for more.
- Explored all of what was left of the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin.
- Ubered 15 min away for brunch at the cutest café, Primrose (the one with the feather lights, those were popular with everyone :].) Primrose had some of the best brunch I have ever had. The Croque Monsieur was un real. I got mine without ham, as I don’t prefer it and it was still amazing, they add an egg on top and it is a must order if you go. The French toast was also ridiculously good.
- Left Primrose (which is in the Northeast quadrant) and headed downtown to one of the coolest outdoor malls City Center to check out the shops.
- District Wharf: A very cool (fisherman’s like Wharf, on the water) only couple blocks from our hotel, so we decided to Uber to there and then walk back. It was built only two years ago and it reminded me a lot of Seattle. They had a lot of restaurants and outdoor seating with a couple shops, but lots of local seafood spots and a mix between some dive type restaurants and fresh markets and really nice restaurants.
- Walked back to the hotel and relaxed a minute before we got ready for out 8pm dinner.
- RPM Italian: We were going to go to a popular spot called Le Diplomat but seeing as it was a lot of seafood and a little more of a menu we weren’t craving at the moment, we stuck with something we know we like, Italian. RPM’s food was incredible. We shared some apps, pasta, and chicken parm.
- 10am Capitol building tour: (1 hour long)
- Walked around Capitol Hill and took in all of the beautiful landscape and buildings around us.
- Flight took off from D.C @ 4:59 PM so we went home packed up and headed home!
Recommendations By Neighborhood: (Most Popular)
Food: Georgetown Cupcakes, The Sovereign, Sweetgreens, Good Stuff Eatery, Chaia, Laduree, Founding Farmers, Café Georgetown, Succotash, Fairmont Hotel Brunch, Little Pearl, Etto Pizza, Filomena’s, Olivia Macaron.
Things to do / see: Greenworks Flowershop, Shop, stroll along the C&O Canal, Tour the Tudor Place in the D.C. Gardens, Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks, Shops on M Street.
Food: Le Diplomat, Compass Rose, Barcelona Wine Bar, Jeni’s ice cream, Milk Bar, Lupo Verde, Shake Shack
Things to do/see: W Hotel Rooftop Bar (view of all the city), Walk around Logan Circle, Shop at Salt and Sundry
Food: Bistro B’s, The hotel George restaurants, Café Berlin
Things to do/see: Library of Congress, Botanic Garden, explore the Eastern market, tour of the Capitol building, Museum of the Bible
Penn Quarter + China town:
Food: RPM Italian, Zaytinya, Olivia
Southwest Waterfront/ The Warf:
Food: Salotto, District Winery, Del Mar, Ana, Mi Vida, Kith/Kin, Officina
Washington National Mall:
Washington Monument, WW2 memorial, lots of cherry blossom trees
Cherry Blossom Pop up bar
Cherry Blossom Season is best to go right when it starts because you never know when the weather will change. We went a little over two weeks into the season and unfortunately got there after a storm hit which caused a lot, if not most of the cherry blossom trees to drop their blooms. I was really hoping to see the entire tidal basin in full bloom but unfortunately, there were only patches of trees around the city still in full bloom.
- Georgetown Cupcakes was by far the best cupcakes I have ever had.
- If you do a tour of the Capitol Building, go one block behind it to check out the Botanical Garden.
- Weather: It was very all over the place. But, for the most part, humid during the day and beautiful at night. The last day it got really cold only because the wind chill was high so 60 degrees felt like 30.
- Pack things that are breathable and you can layer.
- A few more things to do I didn’t get to: The new Museum of the Bible ( it has the worlds largest LED display) , the portrait gallery, Trump hotel, the W hotel Rooftop where you can see the whole city (call before you go to make sure it is open that day and not under construction) and tons of other Monuments and Museums.
Check out my Instagram highlight: Washington DC too see highlights from the trip.
Love my girl!!!
She is so much fun to travel with and always the most encouraging with photo taking!!!
I hope you enjoyed my little travel guide. I really feel like we got the most out of each day by maping out the neighbors next to each other. Also, doing things pretty strategically.
I linked all of the outfit details I could. Some of the stuff I wore was my moms or a lot older so It wasn’t online anymore so I apologize. But I linked what I could!
For this trip I went with more pink colors as I knew I wanted to blend in with the blossoms. :]
Happy Thursday, Babes!!