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Washington, D.C. is an exciting and vibrant city that always has something to do. Whether you want to take in a sunset over the Tidal Basin or check out the popular happy hour spots with the locals, the city comes alive after 5:00 pm.
The #1 thing to do in D.C. is to visit the Tidal Basin (pictured above); no matter what time of day you can visit.
How to Get to Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C. is ideally situated between 3 airports, Reagan National, Dulles International, and Baltimore Washington. For the most convenient airport, choose Reagan since the popular D.C. Metro stops here.
Speaking of the Metro, this is the only transportation you need to get around the main attractions in D.C. If something isn’t Metro accessible, there are tons of other public transportation options, like the free Circulator bus. Plus it’s a very walk-able city, so your own two feet are almost as good for getting around.
Where to Eat in Washington D.C.
Founding Farmers, Farmers and Distillers, or Farmers, Fishers, Bakers // These 3 restaurants are owned by the same farm to table group and are distinct by their location, Farragut, Chinatown and Georgetown, respectively.
Pisco y Nazca // Pisco y Nazca is a hip tapas spot in Farragut serving Peruvian classics and happy hour drinks, including ceviche, empanadas, and sangria.
Unconventional Diner // The Unconventional Diner is an Instagrammable place near the convention center with, you guessed it, unconventional entrees.
BlueJacket // BlueJacket is a microbrewery and restaurant in Navy Yard, with outdoor seating, tours and tastings, and classic pub fare.
Ted’s Bulletin // Ted’s Bulletin is the perfect neighborhood spot featuring boozy milkshakes and the best home-made pop tarts.
Things to See in Washington D.C.
Monuments at Night // No visit to D.C. is complete without seeing the monuments, which are open 24/7. Walking around the Tidal Basin at night allows for less crowds and unique views of the monuments all lit up. It’s also a great place to watch sunset.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts // The Kennedy Center is a performance venue that offers a wide range of entertainment, from Broadway shows to free performances on the Millennium stage every day at 6 pm. They also offer a rooftop restaurant and patio for sunset viewing.
Happy Hour // D.C. is all about the happy hour. Almost every restaurant has great deals and it’s a staple activity to relax and have some fun after work.
Georgetown Waterfront // Stroll by the Potomac River during sunset or enjoy the quaint streets and shops in Georgetown. For dinner, visit the earlier mentioned Farmers, Fishers, Bakers.
See a D.C. sports team // If you’re a sports fan, check out a hockey or basketball game at Capital One Arena in Chinatown or a baseball game at Nationals Park in Navy Yard.
Also check out:
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm
- Charlotte, NC After 5:00 pm
- Kansas City, MO After 5:00 pm