48 hours in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C it is a city much friendlier than one would expect from the capital of a heavyweight world economy as it is U.S. The city center is arranged in large avenues with parks and fountains that invite you to stroll, and the most emblematic areas for tourists are conveniently gathered: the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the museums Smithsonian They are an attractive destination worth seeing. But what is in the capital beyond its basic essentials?
Once the working day is finished, the locals of Washington D.C., say yes, as the initials of D.C., usually take refuge in their neighborhood, so if what interests you is to know the authentic city, as one of its residents would live, it is best to shop around each of these areas.
FRIDAY: CAPITOL HILL
There are so many opportunities to visit emblematic, historical buildings and museums in the capital, that it is very possible that any weekend in Washington passes through the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Maybe after touring the Capitol Visitor Center, which offers free daily visits with the only requirement to book in advance, and the Library of Congress, feel interest to see the less official side of the city. Just a couple of blocks walking, there is a neighborhood where you can find from fresh vegetable art from local gardens, passing by antiques and a mixture of big trademark Y boutiques independent.
The Eastern Market, the most lively open-air market in the city, is here, and after visiting it there is nothing wrong with a stop for a drink. They say that in this area you will find some of the best restoration secrets of the city! The Italian Acqua al2 , the French Montmartre and the Belgian Coffee they are good options as well as the gastropub The Argonaut. Don't you know if you choose breakfast, lunch or lunch? Bet on a brunch! This mixture between breakfast and lunch will give you the energy to continue touring the city, and the washingtonians They worship him.
Belgian Café: ANOTHER LEVEL © Belga Café Facebook
After restoring strength, the National Botanical Garden it can be a good option to refresh the mood between plants, as well as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, full of curious exhibits with original NASA artifacts.
To open your mouth in the evening, nothing better than enjoying a cocktail in Point of view, the terrace of W Hotel, overlooking the White House. The DNV attic of Donovan House It also offers excellent views to the north of the city.
Better from above! © DNV Rooftop Facebook
If time accompanies, a movie in a park It may be a good option to end the day as a local. There are several opportunities to enjoy the Screen on the Green, as Golden Triangle Cinema Series, Films at the Stone at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the NoMa Summer Screen, what includes foodtrucks local. A perfect plan to round the day!
Lovers of music and history will also find charm in the Kennedy Center, which offers a multitude of Free concerts with limited capacity practically every afternoon. After enjoying the live, a visit to the terrace of the building gives great views of the city and the Potomac river.
NoMa Summer Screen + local food trucks = successful © NoMa Business Improvement District Facebook
Georgetown It appears in many tourist guides such as the Mecca of luxury shopping in Washington, about a kilometer from the Foggy Bottom metro stop, where it is not difficult to find congressmen and lobbys suit. If you are looking for a high-top restaurant, you can search the M street, although there are also great kitchens in the N or S streets.
However, not only fashionable and high cache live this neighborhood, the stores of cupcakes They are a celebrity now. Don't get carried away by the very long tail of Georgetown Cupcake, baked in Baked and Wired They are equally good and the site has a somewhat more relaxed air. To eat, Founding Farmers It is a good choice of farm to table (from the garden to the table), but there are options for all tastes ... Among the most valued the 1789, Martin's Tavern or Clyde's of Georgetown. Locals love to plan their evening, so for dinner in this area a recommendation: if you know where you want to go, book!
Alert greedy! Handmade pastry © Baked and Wired Facebook / Luciano Diaz Sepulveda
In this same neighborhood, a couple of blocks away, there is a small treasure quite unknown: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, an institute associated with the Harvard University that contains a small English garden and a museum that offers a collection of Persian and Mesoamerican art surprisingly old. The museum is free, and during the winter, the park too.
Can you imagine a better autumn? © Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Facebook
If what interests you is to know Washintgon from the water, in Georgetown you can also rent kayaks per hour: approach the Key Bridge Boathouse and shovel towards him Lincoln Memorial or the Kennedy Center. You also have the opportunity to explore Teddy Roosevelt Island, less than half a kilometer.
To get to know the nightlife of Washintgon D.C, the best areas are among Dupong Circle and Adams Morgan. The first is a popular neighborhood among the homosexual population and the second used to be the night epicenter for those fleeing the high prices of Georgetown. Although something more and more crowded, it is still worth approaching the legendary Madam's Organ blues and jazz club, with four floors.
Both neighborhoods have a good number of embassies and there are usually exhibitions or specific events, plus lots of bars and restaurants. On the other hand, the H street gains strength as a new corner hipster of Washington, although it still shows a certain desolate air. Do not miss the mussels from the Belgian restaurant Granville Moore's and try the whiskey in Jack rose. Peruvian restaurant The pits It is also worth it.
Their mussels are tearful © Dr. Granville Moore's
SUNDAY: BROOKLAND AND ROCK CREEK PARK
To round off the visit to the capital, it is worth a raid to a neighborhood further from the center as Brookland. There, enjoy a Breakfast or brunch at Mi Cuba café, then come to know the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in North America.
If you've been wanting more green areas, the Washington Zoo It can also be an interesting option. Although it does not stand out for its large collection of animals, the zoo itself is in a beautiful natural environment, Rock creek park. The park can be explored on the bicycles they rent right there.
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