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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
“Of course the entire Smithsonian Institution is a cultural landmark; but the Air Space Museum in particular is one of our favorites.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Market
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“A food hall that includes everything! Try to visit off-peak to avoid big crowds. ”
  • 441 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.”
  • 230 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The Inner Harbor is the City’s most popular fun-filled tourist spot. It is home to the Maryland Science Center with a planetarium and observatory, the National Aquarium and the Top of the World Observation Level. There’s plenty of restaurants in the area including Phillips Seafood, known for their delicious crab cakes. As for the nightlife, Power Plant Live! is a complex of bars, eateries and music venues. ”
  • 178 locals recommend
Zoo
“If you love animals you are up for a trip. Private car there is parking or Uber. ”
  • 253 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum is beautiful and peaceful. Worth a visit and it's walking distance from the Polar Bear.”
  • 177 locals recommend
Science Museum
“One of the most popular museums on the Mall, and for good reason! After a long hiatus, the new-and-improved dinosaur hall has reopened and is a must-visit.”
  • 164 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Bustling marketplace since 1873 featuring a variety of produce, handmade crafts & prepared foods.”
  • 385 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“If you have enough time before your trip, contact your local Congressman and request a tour!”
  • 195 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Beautiful waterfront with very nice restaurants, bars, and shops. A very walkable neighborhood.”
  • 161 locals recommend
Spa
“Nightlife, casino, concerts, luxury shopping, and fine dining! MGM is only 20 minutes away without traffic. Considered the 2nd biggest casino in the U.S. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Garden
“Ummmm. It's Moticello. Go. It's historic. It's Thomas Jefferson at his best. ;-) But seriously, if you are a history buff, this is a must. It's a little over an hour drive. ”
  • 196 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“Large park that follows a creek through the middle of the city to the National Mall. The park boasts trails, bike paths, public tennis courts, picnic areas, and The National Zoo.”
  • 219 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Enjoy a FREE world-class performance each and every day at the Millenium Stage!”
  • 195 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Visit and watch the Changing of the Guard, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ”
  • 86 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“Diners can lounge at the modern brasserie and sidewalk cafe for a long time; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Café
“great neighborhood coffee shop and location of. farmers market in warmer months ”
  • 178 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Vanessa is bonafide real New Jersey Italian. This is her favorite Italian restaurant in DC. Menu changes, but the lamb ragu is usually on the menu and is the best item.”
  • 181 locals recommend
Brewery
“Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows is our pilot brewery nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains where we craft our beer recipes on a traditional German designed 10 Hectoliter brewing system. We’ll pour you a pint from one of the 48 taps on property served up alongside a delicious oak wood-fired dishes. Fast-casual fare is available outside at The Oak Grill along with beer and wine at The Outdoor Bar. Inside The Shanty, we pour rare Devils Backbone beers, and a wide selection of fine spirits with a focus on whiskey and cigars. And if you’re a morning person, made-to-order breakfast and craft specialty coffees are available from The Summit. Feel free to bring your dogs over, we don’t mind. Actually, we encourage it. Just remember to keep ‘em leashed and they’re not allowed in buildings or patios where food is served.”
  • 93 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Sleek coffeehouse and lounge serving American bistro fare, milkshakes & specialty cocktails. Great for brunch.”
  • 170 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Reservations are hard to come by, but you might be able to snag a seat at the bar at this extremely popular restaurant!”
  • 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.”
  • 155 locals recommend
Bar
“This restuarant bar looks like something out of the Harry Potter universe. With large glass windows and mirrors at the upstairs bar, large open seating dinning, and dimly lit "cave-like" downstairs bar, it has something for everyone.”
  • 79 locals recommend

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