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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.”
  • 343 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Always free, filled with loads of fun things to see and do. Learning is fun!”
  • 223 locals recommend
Market
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“A great place to sample upcoming chefs and food. A bit of a walk (20 min) and thru a construction area but food is worth it.”
  • 433 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
Zoo
“An after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display. ZooLights runs Nov. 29 – Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25 & 31). ”
  • 259 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It has free admission and is open 364 days a year.”
  • 162 locals recommend
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
Waterfront
“Old Town is beautiful any time of year, dog friendly, and great for food of all types!”
  • 159 locals recommend
Spa
“The MGM casino and resort is a great place to hang out. It's only 20 minutes away. The nightlife and club scene is awesome. the restaurants are amazing, and the entertainment is finominal. Enjoy a night out at the MGM Grand Casino.”
  • 64 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
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.”
  • 198 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
Music Venue
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“Awarded "Nightclub of the Year" honors 4 times by Pollstar, the concert industry trade journal. it has also been Pollstar's top ticket selling club. Rolling Stone rated the club #1 Big Room in US. ”
  • 231 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Hot place on one of the main restaurant strips, very authentic French brasserie”
  • 265 locals recommend
Park
“One of the nicest and least appreciated parks in D.C. is a place officially called Meridian Hill Park but known to everyone as Malcolm X Park. Its 12 acres sit on a hill overlooking downtown and the monuments. John Quincy Adams lived in a mansion here after leaving the White House. Today, there are spooky statues and cascading pools of water, more reminiscent of a neglected European chateau garden than a National Park Service tract. Visit late on a Sunday afternoon to dance to the sounds of the ad hoc drum circle that has been forming weekly since the 1950s.”
  • 250 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“Hot place on one of the main restaurant strips, very authentic French brasserie”
  • 265 locals recommend
Café
“Our favorite place to get a coffee, breakfast, or lunch. Great cookies in the afternoon too!”
  • 181 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. A little more upscale, but perfect for date night, or a dinner with friends. Try the orange wine, sausage rigatoni, and ask about off menu cacio pepe pasta.”
  • 183 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
New American Restaurant
“Recently given a Michelin star and named many years running as a top restaurant in the country - they used to not accept reservations so you would have to line up in the afternoon to get a dinner slot. They do same day reservations now though starting at 9am, which you can access through their website. Definitely a splurge date night place!”
  • 181 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Honestly, this is a restaurant, but we've put it here as a bar because they have an incredible happy hour special. (It ends at 6 PM). We ate here for $11 last week. An entire dinner. Say hi to their manager, Daniel.”
  • 162 locals recommend
Pub
“A local favorite this restaurant is a great place to grab a dinner and bite to eat. Occasionally has live music late at night. Also surprisingly kid friendly with kids menu, crayons and highchair available.”
  • 149 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
“Though not always the best choice, the half smoke (1/2 beef 1/2 pork) is the way to go. Don't forget the chili. ”
  • 137 locals recommend

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