Last Minute DC Activities

It’s your final weekend in the Nation’s Capital! You’d think 8 weeks would be plenty of time to explore every corner of this amazing city, but we know that this is the fastest two months of your lives! We’ve rounded up a list of last minute favorite activities and places you can squeeze in during your last few days in DC.

Neighborhood Spotlight – Georgetown: 
Head down the road from your dorms to the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue to the District’s mecca of shopping and scenery. Colorful buildings lining brick sidewalks and ‘flower street lamps’ gives this section of the city a quaint, small-town feel. If you’re looking to buy some new (or vintage) clothes, there is no shortage of options for you. The streets of Georgetown are filled with a variety of clothiers ranging from top tier stores like Brooks Brothers and Cusp, to unique vintage and secondhand shops. If you are hungry, you are in luck! To satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by famous sweet-spots Georgetown Cupcake, Thomas Sweet (a favorite of president Obama) and Baked and Wired. If you’d like to test your luck at spotting a politico, grab a table at Café Milano. Other local favorites include Il Canale, Clyde’s, Thunder Burger, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Filomena’s. The Graham Hotel rooftop offers stunning views of Georgetown and neighboring Arlington across the river. On that note, head to the waterfront to stroll along the Potomac and enjoy the breeze.

Other Popular Local Favorites:

  • POV at the W Hotel Rooftop – the views of the White House and Nation Mall can’t be beat!
  • The Willard Hotel – walk in the lobby where the term ‘lobbying’ was coined
  • Old Ebbitt Grill – a historical DC institution
  • Ted’s Bulletin in Eastern Market or 14th Street – while all the food is good, they are known for the homemade pop-tarts.
  • The Wharf – DC’s newest neighborhood with amazing views and awesome eats
  • Union Market – whether you are in the mood shopping or eating, this place has it all!

Cultural Activities:

  • Get lost looking at portraits of the past presidents and other exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery
  • Go view the founding documents of our country and the National Archives
  • Watch the sunrise (or set!) at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Explore Roosevelt Island
  • See a show at the Kennedy Center (note: there’s always a free show at the Millennium Stage!)

Historical Spots:

Calling all history nerds! If you haven’t already, check out some of these locations to get a greater understanding of the city, its architecture, and the people who lived here before us.

  • Frederick Douglass House – Visit the home where Douglass spend the last 17 years of his life.
  • Ford’s Theater – Tour the infamous theater and schedule a history talk from a National Park Service Ranger to learn more about the events surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln.
  • Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Garden – You don’t want to miss out on this beautiful estate and immaculate garden located in Georgetown.
  • Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden – Originally the home of Marjorie Post (owner of General Foods, Inc.) this decorative arts museum houses various collections, and is home to one of the country’s finest orchid displays.

This list should be plenty of activities to fill your final days in the city. However, you’ll slowly realize there’s never enough time to explore everything DC has to offer!



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