Top Things To Do In Washington DC
You can’t spot a city as luxurious yet enigmatic as Washington, DC. Searching for the best things to do in Washington, DC? From grabbing drinks at some of the best cocktail bars in DC to luxurious dining experiences at the very best restaurants in Washington, DC and a ton of other fun things to do in DC—check out our guide and experience the city to its fullest potential.
Here are the top things to do in Washington, DC:
- Go biking and horseback riding at the Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek Park is DC’s favorite place for biking, skating, running and even horseback riding. With 32 miles of trails, plus paved roads for biking (many of which are closed to vehicular traffic on weekends), you can easily spend an entire day stretching your legs in the park. While you’re there, you can also explore the old mill and the site of the Civil War battle at Fort Stevens. The park now offers free, guided cell phone tours to learn about the history of the park’s surroundings. If you’re interested in flora and fauna, the Nature Center offers guided hikes; alternatively, you can check out the highly entertaining Creature Feature program (4pm on Fridays), which takes a close look at the park’s wildlife.
- Come drink and dine at Rose’s Luxury. Rose’s menu is Southern-meets-Jewish-meets-Japanese-meets-French-meets-Thai-meets-your grandmother’s home cooking, and changes often. The Southern-style fried chicken drizzled with honey and doused with sesame seeds is crisp, moist, delicious and our new best friend. If you’re with a large group, don’t miss the family-style smoked brisket dinner. Just one forkful of this warm, tender dish—served with a cheeky wink on a literal silver platter, no less—will make you a believer.
- Admire art with Yoko Ono at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. One of the city’s most dynamic and boundary-pushing modern art museums, the Hirshhorn promises something new every time you visit. Nearly every exhibition causes a stir (including, recently, Yayoi Kusama’s trippy “Infinity Mirrors”) while the permanent collection is a visual slap in the face—particularly Barbara Kruger’s flashy “Belief and Doubt” installation. Up for a stroll? Don’t miss the sculpture garden, which is filled with works from the likes of Auguste Rodin, Louise Bourgeois and Yoko Ono, who in 2007 donated a piece entitled “A Wish Tree for Washington, DC.”
- Lavish on the beauty of Cherry Blossoms. Nothing says spring in DC like the appearance of the cherry blossoms along the Potomac. The trees, which were planted in 1912 as a gift from the people of Japan to those of the United States, are virtually venerated by DC visitors and residents alike as a symbol of spring’s imminent arrival. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which was first celebrated in 1935, celebrates the change of seasons and the beauty of the cherry blossoms (not to mention Japanese-American friendship).
- Enjoy the Happy Hour at Union Market. Union Market, a fancy new addition to the NE quadrant, is an upscale food- and drink-focused “artisanal marketplace,” with shops that sell both local and imported goods. Unlike your typical farmer’s market, Union Market is open every day except Monday; so if you have a midweek hankering for locally made cheese or extra virgin olive oil, you can come here to satisfy your urge. The space houses close to thirty artisans, who peddle everything from cupcakes to gelato to Korean tacos; you’ll also find coffee, home goods, cutlery, flowers and spices.