For the final “Weekend Picks” of the summer, TFAS staff members contributed some of their favorite restaurants, museums and sight-seeing activities that visitors to D.C. should be sure not to miss!
Produces musicals and plays reflecting family values and American life in the historic theater in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Located in Georgetown and bequeathed by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes scholars to consult its books, images, and objects, and the public to visit its garden, museum, and music room for lectures and concerts.
Port City Java, Eastern Market
Born in Wilmington, NC, Port City Java is a cozy coffee shop that has now opened locations all around the country and the world. For Laura, this place gives her a little taste of her hometown!
Great atmosphere with home style cooking that is hard to find in the city; best meal is breakfast hands down.
1062 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Located right off of M Street, this secluded environment provides some hard to find peace and quiet as well as tasty crepes and drinks.
“Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg”
This temporary exhibit appears on the first floor at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It showcases some of Rockwell’s most famous paintings and details how they connect to American life and film. The exhibition is free, and is open from 11:30am – 7:00pm.
Washington National Cathedral
Whether you follow a docent led tour or try out one of the downloadable self-guided tours featured on the website, the Washington National Cathedral offers some breathtaking architecture and sculptures. You will especially enjoy the odd gargoyles running along the outside of the building and the themed, stained glass windows.
The Albert Einstein Memorial
This memorial is a monumental bronze statue depicting Albert Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand. It is located near the Mall, in a grove of trees at the southwest corner of the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue, near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
This restaurant is where the Georgetown locals go to get the best sandwiches and salads. It’s a short walk west of campus at the intersection of Reservoir and Foxhall Roads. Try the Surfside sandwich; it will change your life.
Baked & Wired
The lesser known Georgetown cupcake shop that also features yummy brownies, muffins, pies, cookies and a selection of espresso and coffee drinks. It is located on Thomas Jefferson Street, south of M Street in Georgetown and provides a great atmosphere to sit and read or chat with friends.
Paddle Boating at the Tidal Basin
Paddle boating on the Tidal Basin is not only a fun way to soak up some sun, but also offers one of the best views of the Jefferson Memorial. Boating is available from 10:00am-6:00pm (last boat out at 5pm), and the cost is $12 per hour for a two person boat and $19 per hour for a four person boat. The docks are located at the Tidal Basin, 1501 Maine Ave., SW.
Gravelly Point Park
Looking for a place to go running, biking, or just have a picnic away from the crowds? Gravelly Point Park is at the end of the Mt. Vernon Trail and a 15 minute walk from the Crystal City metro. It’s a great place to view all the monuments at once, and watch planes fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Terrace at the National Portrait Gallery
Hidden in the busy streets of Galley Place, this outdoor deck is located within the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and rest your feet after visiting neighborhood museums.