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How to tour DC quickly:
City Segway Tours
Cost:$75 per person
Thoughts: The best way to tour DC quickly is on a Segway. We chose the National Mall Tour package which was three hours long. It sounds like a lot of time but it goes by so quickly! It’s everything I’d want to see without walking or sitting in traffic. The guide also gives you time to stop, walk around and take pics. During the tour he also gave us cool facts about each location. They do have a two hour tour option which is cheaper (but with less stops) and also a private tour option. From personal experience, I never rode a Segway and was terrified. The tour guide does make you watch a video, wear a helmet and gives you one on one training and instructions prior to going out for the tour. Within the first half hour, riding it becomes natural and easy! So don’t let the Segway be the reason for not taking this tour- you’ll be fine riding one.
Other things to-do:
Thoughts:This was the only gallery or museum we visited. We went specifically to see the limited-time only Burning Man exhibit. The gallery inside is very beautiful. The exhibit was awesome. They cover everything from sculptures to fashion and even the operations part of how Burning Man runs.
Cost:$18 to $64 depending on tickets (we bought really good tickets on stub hub that morning, we got great seats for $18 each)
Thoughts:This was Andrew’s pick. He wanted to see their stadium and watch a game. The stadium was really nice. We went on Game of Thrones night which was cool. They played clips from the show and photoshopped all of the players faces onto GOT characters bodies. It’s a very clean and family friendly stadium. It’s a great date night option or family event. We took the metro to stadium, which was very easy and the best way to avoid traffic and long Ubers rides. Outside of the stadium- there’s a place called the Bullpen. It’s free to get in and drinks are overpriced, but it’s a cool place to hang out and watch live music and to socialize before the game since you aren’t allowed to tailgate in the lot. There’s also other restaurants within walking distance of the stadium.
Places to eat:
Luke’s Lobster: Amaaazzzing lobster rolls in a really cool atmosphere. We got the three roll combo, so good!! We went here after we visited the Renwick Gallery.
Tonic: It’s an old-two story pharmacy on a corner converted into a bar. We went here after the Segway tour by recommendation of our guide. It was happy hour so we ate upstairs and ordered from the regular menu. A really cool building and atmosphere. They’re known for their Mac and cheese. We tried the buffalo chicken mac and cheese- it was delicious! Andrew got a burger and I got a salmon salad. The food was so-so and the service wasn’t amazing. I’d probably go back just for drinks and apps- not a sit down dinner.
Nando’s Peri-Peri: This place has many locations but we ate at the one by the stadium. It was two doors down from Bluejacket brewery. The chicken is so tender and tasty. They season it very well. If you go- order the original. I got the 1/4 breast with a veggie side and I was stuffed. Andrew got the 1/2 breast and he was very full after. The spiked lemonade is also super tasty and thirst quenching. We walked to the stadium after eating here.
The Salt Line: Directly outside of the stadium like literally 800 feet. The BEST oysters. We ordered six going down the list from most salty to least. We hung out at the bar after the game and got oysters and fried onion rings for apps. I drank the rose- the French rose is so good!
Leopold’s Kafe Restaurant: we ate Sunday brunch at this place in Georgetown. It was very crowded but we were seated inside quickly. The menu is huge- they offer breakfast, lunch, pastries and ice cream. I got the avocado toast with two poached eggs, it was delicious. Slightly overpriced, butt he food was fancy and good.
Georgetown Cupcake: if you’re in the area and a fan of the show, stop in and get a cupcake. The flavors and unique and really good. The shop has as much charm as it does on tv. They also still use those signature pink boxes.
Places to drink:
Hotel W: literally the best view in town for a drink. It’s semi-rooftop (the top part if covered) but at the bar, you can sit directly facing the White House with a side view of the Washington Monument and other various rooftops. In our view alone, we counted 19 American flags on the tops of buildings. haha you can tell we had some extra time on our hands.
Peet’s Coffee: best cold-coffee ever! Also serve slight breakfast snacks.
Capital Burger: Owned by Capital Grille, has a full-menu but we didn’t order food. Friendly bar tenders and a cool barscape.
Bar Deco: Roof top bar that also serves apps. It has tables to sit and chill with a great view. Really liked this place for a low-key atmosphere complete with music.
Bluejacket Brewery: full restaurant menu with places to sit also with outside seating. A portion of the place is dedicated to a tasting room where you can sample flights of their different beers. Andrew loved it here!
Bullpen: the tailgate spot by the stadium. Drinks are limited and overpriced but the atmosphere is really cool. There’s live music and outdoor games. A must-see if you’re in the stadium area.
Places to shop:
Georgetown: a mainstream type atmosphere lined with boutiques and designer stores (Alive + Olivia, Rag & Bone, AllSaints, etc). Also the home of Georgetown Cupcake.
How to get around:
Metro/Train: Metro cards cost $2. If you’re a first time rider like us, purchase a metro card and put $12 on each card. This should be plenty to get you around for the day. We rode several times. If you’re unsure, the staff there is very helpful.
Lyft/Uber: Convenient but takes forever to get just a few miles. For any trips over a couple miles, it would be best to take the train.
Walking (using gps in walk mode): you’re best bet for getting anywhere with the least amount of stress. Plus it’s healthy!
Our three day itinerary:
Check-in at 1pm
National Mall Segway tour 2-5pm
Dinner at Tonic
Back to the room
Night scene: Capital Burger and Bar Deco
National Law Enforcement Memorial
Back to room
The Salt Line
Home by 3pm
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you’re traveling to DC, hope you use it as a reference. You can Google any of the places I mentioned above and get the address (and menu’s). Be sure to add ‘DC’ at the end of your search box to make sure the right one comes up on the list. If you have any questions, comment below 🙂
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