At first glance, many might not consider Washington D.C. to be a choice vacation destination. After all, politics make it tough to simply go out to dinner with someone who happens to have different opinions than you—vacationing in the most politically-charged city in the United States might seem like pure insanity! However, D.C. has plenty of people that are happy to leave politics out of their day-to-day lives and businesses, and the result is a really eclectic blend of attractions, restaurants and hotels. Here are some of the best places to hit up when visiting Washington D.C.
Where To Stay
The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate is one of the most famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) hotels in all of D.C. But a stay at this property offers much more than iconic nostalgia. It’s been recently modernized and the rooms have all the amenities you’d expect from the best hotels. However, the hotel still holds onto to a few of the iconic features that made it popular in the Nixon-era, like the indoor pool and the gorgeous staircase in the lobby. If you stay here, you simply must visit the “Scandal room,” a collection of memorabilia from the infamous Watergate case.
What To Eat
When you think of the top restaurant in Washington D.C. you might think of a fancy, suit-and-tie kind of joint where some of the world’s biggest power plays are made. While D.C. certainly has plenty of those establishments, the title of “best” pick goes to this trendy bistro on 14th street. The décor transports guests to Paris in the 20s, but the food is anything but outdated. You can find staples during a working lunch like the house cheeseburger, or you can get a little more adventurous during a night out by ordering one of the weekly seafood specials. The bottom line? Le Diplomate is a fast-paced hangout where everyone tends to leave politics at the door and just have a good time.
What To Do
This is the easy part (or maybe it’s hard, given the options) because there is certainly no shortage of attraction in Washington D.C. You can catch a baseball game at Nationals Stadium or hit up any number of museums in the city. However, if you only have time for one day trip, head to the National Mall, where you can see everything from the Capital Building and the Washington Monument to Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln memorials.