D.C. is one of America’s top tourist destinations. Filled with neoclassical monuments and gems from our country’s past, visitors travel from far and wide to enjoy our nation’s capital.
For locals, the city may be a national landmark, but it’s also a playground with endless delights to eat, see, and do. From amazing seafood to public gardens to riveting civic forums, there’s plenty to take in.
In Washington, D.C., locals take their shellfish seriously, and one of the best places to get your hands on tasty crustaceans is at Quarter Deck in Arlington. Seafood lovers can either grab Chesapeake blue crabs by the dozen or sit down for an all-you-can-eat experience. For those who prefer their lunch from the land, they have plenty of other options such as creamy linguine and filet mignon. Next in line to the famed blue crab, Chesapeake oysters reign supreme when it comes to local delicacies. Rappahannock Oyster Bar, located within the historic Union Market, has been cited as one of the best oyster bars in America by Michelin Guide and the Wall Street Journal. Craving something sweet after all that brine? America’s iconic dessert can be found in its capital city at the Pie Sisters. Founded by three sisters who shared a love for delicious baked confections, this bakery features options like apple caramel crunch, bourbon chocolate pecan, and lemon meringue.
It’s no secret that Washington D.C. is home to countless monuments to marvel at. From the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, America’s past comes alive in this historic city. For locals, these imposing and magnificent structures become the backdrop of their day-to-day, making room for other lesser known sites to see. For nature enthusiasts, a trip to the National Arboretum is a must. This 446-acre botanical destination is open throughout the year, offering seasonal foliage, and the perfect backdrop for a photo. For the art lovers, just steps away from the White House is the Renwick Gallery. As a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, it focuses on American craft and decorative pieces from the 19th century up to today.
Some of the country’s most important discussions take place in Washington D.C., and you can say your part at a local think tank. Institutions like Brookings Institute and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace often host public discussions where you can learn and discuss the issues that are most important to you. After a spirited chat, a drink is most likely in order. Luckily, D.C. is home to a slew of breweries like Atlas, 3 Stars, and Blue Jacket. If you prefer spirits over hops, there are plenty of distilleries as well. Our personal favorite is One Eight Distilling, which offers a variety of pours from vodka to whiskey to gin in a spirited tasting room.
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