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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.

Zoo
“The zoo is a great place to visit and bring the kids if you want. Admission is free, but be forewarned it costs $20 to park there (when there is space) and there are no in/out parking privileges for vehicles. We like to see the pandas. My favorite time of the year is when they have the zoo lit up with Christmas lights. It is also located in one of the older neighborhoods in the city so you can walk by to see some great architecture in the neighborhood.”
  • 245 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Old town, VA has everything from a water front to shopping, bars, restaurants and tons of local historic scenes that are a must see. ”
  • 152 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Then walk towards Kenney Center and make sure to go to the roof for one the greatest views over Washington DC. A less known place great at night or morning.”
  • 188 locals recommend
Cemetery
“This place is beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It is the burial place of John F. Kennedy, home of the mesmerizing patrol at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the historic home of Robert E. Lee that was seized by The Union as their burial place for soldiers during the Civil War after Robert E. Lee fled it. The placement of soldier's graves ensured he could not return and use the land as he once did and thus began the Arlington National Cemetery. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Tyson I is good families and normal stuff. Tyson II is good for high end luxury goods. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“This is one of the best places to hike and bike in the Washington, DC area. Visitors can picnic, hike, bike, roller blade, play tennis, fish, horseback ride, listen to a concert, or attend programs with a park ranger. All year around.”
  • 220 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Pentagon City Mall, conveniently where a metro stop is located, is a large shopping center with all kinds of stores at all kinds of prices from low-end of very fancy, high-end. There's a food court and restaurants and during the winter an ice rink nearby to partake in more than just shopping. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon which is more than 14.7 miles from the Charming house.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Park
“Just a 15-minute drive from DC, Great Falls Park showcases the Potomac River in truly breathtaking fashion. Park visitors can hike along six different trails on the park’s grounds, including the River Trail, which is your best bet for spectacular views of Mather Gorge.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Park
“The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. It offers visitors a place to enjoy river views in a lush green setting at the edge of a bustling historic urban neighborhood. The 10-acre park curves along the Potomac River shoreline extending from 30th Street to 34th Street, N.W. The park is located directly across the river from Roosevelt Island, with views west towards Key Bridge and east towards the Kennedy Center and Memorial Bridge.”
  • 96 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The options are endless! From boutiques to "mom and pop" stores in historic Georgetown. ”
  • 175 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Visit the national memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“I recommend seeing this place at night. All the monuments are beautifully lit up, relatively walkable between each other, and it is so much less crowded and cool at night than during the day. Either side of the statue has his Inauguration Speech and his Gettysburg Address which are emotional and somehow never becomes irrelevant to current events. Across the reflecting pool from the Washington Monument and the US Capitol building, it's a stop along the National Mall that you have to see. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Looking for a break place to get a low-key lunch and settle in to read a book or chat with a friend? Tryst has a vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu with lots of options for meat-eaters as well. The large restaurant also features large couches so you can lounge while you sip on an incredible chai latte or beer!”
  • 161 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“They have many outlet shops with great discounts. When I lived elsewhere, I made a point in coming to this mall to shop for great bargains.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“Famous Statue of Marines raising the American Flag on Iwo Jima during WW2. Marine Parades during the summer.”
  • 28 locals recommend