Plan a Trip to Washington DC: Inspiration from 22+ Travel Experts


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Plan a Trip to Washington DC 

Start here to plan a trip to Washington D.C. This comprehensive guide offers resources from a variety of travel experts & influencers! This women’s travel guide is the perfect source for planning a trip to this East Coast must-see. 

As the capital of the United States, D.C. hosts quite a few treasures, including the White House, Capitol Hill, tons of historical museums, as well as some national treasures such as the Declaration of Independence. 

This DC travel planning guide covers all things, including what to do, what to eat, events that occur seasonally or annually, museums to visit, and so much more. 

Start planning your visit to D.C. by exploring the links we have gathered below. Bookmark this page so you can keep coming back for more Washington DC travel tips whenever you need them!

What to See and Do in Washington, DC

This section includes everything from date night suggestions, to favorite distilleries, to activities to do with the whole family. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or with the whole family Washington D.C. has tons for you to enjoy. 

Recommendations for Washington DC

If you’re wondering where to start when planning your adventure to Washington D.C., Lia & Jeremy’s Wanderlust D.C. travel guide is the perfect place to begin.

Need a Georgetown guide? Katie from a Touch of Teal has an extensive guide of places to be and sights to see while in the area. Check out her blog post for specific details.

Planning to bring your pooch? No problem, DC Dog Moms has you covered to find pet-friendly parks, people, and places to be:

As you plan your trip to Washington D.C. check out Rachel’s guide to 24 hours in the city!

If you’re looking for royal treatment during your stay Maggie has an in-depth experience of the finest and fanciest hotels around.

Things to Do in DC

  • Mazuba has a female-friendly guide to help you confidently plan a trip to Washington DC
  • Maggie has a list of Day Trips From D.C. You Shouldn’t Miss
  • Here’s a list of 10 awesome spots to take some cool shots. Check Alicia’s page out!

Looking for the perfect date night? Rachel has a list of “Top 10 Romantic Getaways Near Washington D.C.” Check out her guide for more information.

If you’re looking for inclusive spaces, Christabel from HelloGiggles has put a feminist passport together. Check it out for a list of awesome suggestions of activities to do in the area.

Hoping to do some activity while exploring the area? Check out Christine’s video of her Biking around Washington D.C.:

Check out Astrid’s article to get suggestions on what sights to see and activities to do for the whole family.

If you want to plan your trip around your little ones, Astrid from The Wandering Daughter has the perfect guide for you. Check out “Nine Fun Things To Do in D.C. With Kids” for more information.

As you plan your trip to Washington DC, check out this blog to learn more about all that’s offered in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Listen: Music, Arts, & Events in Washington D.C.

D.C. is known for being a creative hub for a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities of people. Thus, they have everything to do from celebrating Germany’s Oktoberfest to dazzling Christmas events and to glorious July parades. Whatever is your niche, D.C. has something for you. 

Wanderful Recommendations for Music & Events in Washington D.C.

Visiting in October? Make sure to check out Oktoberfest to experience and learn more about German heritage in the area. Check out Rachel’s guide for more information.

If arts and museums are more your speed, you might want to check out DC’s famous painting and sculpting artist Meg Biram.

Looking for some hidden gems and pockets of outdoor beauty in the area? DC CityGirl will be right up your alley:

Planning a trip to DC around the holidays? Check out Maggie’s Christmas in Washington D.C.

Rachel offers this guide to large and small parades in the area, as well as her page concerning parade details for more information.

Stephanie from D.C. Diary gives us a sneak peak into the lives of successful locals and their stories in her D.C. Diary podcast.

If you visit D.C. during Christmas, Alicia has a list of things to do from December all the way into January. If you’re interested you should check it out!

From Cherry Blossom Festivals to interactive art installations, Alicia’s blog has great ideas to help you plan a trip to Washington D.C.

If this is a family adventure, be sure to check out Melissa from The Family Voyage’s list of “The 5 Best Things to do in D.C. with Kids.”

Want some cute family shots? Yasmina will do beautiful family photoshoots and candids to remember your trip. Check out her page if you’re interested.

For a calorie burn, you won’t forget check out Alicia’s list of “The 5 Best Fitness Classes To Take in D.C.”

Taste of Washington D.C.: What to Eat and Drink 

One amazing thing about D.C. is you can walk down the street and see restaurants and eateries inspired by all kinds of people and cultures around the world. From pastries to patna, seafood to sweets, burgers to brisket…DC has whatever you could possibly be in the mood for. Make sure you try some of these recommended places before you leave!

Where to Eat & Drink in Washington D.C.

Elisabeth Huijskens recommends Primrose for Prohibition-era-style dining near the heart of D.C. Check out her food guide to hear about more delicious eats in the area!

In the mood for sushi? Sushi Hashi is the place to be, as Merideth explains in The Sensible Stylista. Check her blog out for more specific information.

If you’re a serious foodie and love carbs and sweets, Rachel, aka “The Carboholic” has an Instagram page just for you:

Can’t decide where to brunch? Look no further than @bitcheswhobrunch with tons of D.C. brunch options, and handpicked choices for the best drinks in the area.

If knowing where you can get world-class cocktails in the city is a must for you, Lauren can certainly point you in the right direction on her D.C. Girl in Pearls blog. 

Kimberly of The Sensible Stylista offers Quarantine Adventures: Chapter 1 for places to eat and explore in D.C.

Into Chinese or Korean food? Kimberly also recommends ChiKo. Her blog post highlights 5 must-try foods if you’re unsure which menu item to start with.

Happy Hour specials are massively popular in DC. Alicia organized a sophisticated guide to some of her favorite Happy Hour spots in D.C.

Katie from a Touch of Teal gives a good list of delivery and takeout options if you want food to arrive on your doorstep or to go on a nice picnic with your takeout.

Katie has also boiled down the Dinner Club: Seven Reasons into a few key factors so you can decide if it’s right for you.

Understand: History, Culture, and Going Beyond the Tourist Track in Washington D.C.

D.C. is a cultural and political hub with a lot of ties to major historical events for the United States. If you’re looking to experience and learn about the history and culture of the nation, this section is perfect for you.

Dive Deeper into Washington DC:

Looking to get off-the-beaten-path and learn about D.C.’s local history while eating delicious food? If so, Maggie from PinkCaddyTravelogue has got you covered with her blog post Local History Served with Local Food.

Artechouse: Beyond the Blooms is the place to be for a surreal experience of an ancient Japanese tradition and, lucky for you, Kimberly Kong tells you all about it in her blog post.

Destination D.C. offers a helpful list of Women-Focused Places to Go in Washington D.C.

If you want to learn more about women’s history and you also enjoy museums, here’s a list of eight Women’s History Museums in Washington D.C. written by Rachel Cooper.

Here’s a list of 25 historic buildings and sites in the city to help you plan a trip to Washington DC.

If you’re new to the Washington D.C. area and need help with planning, Brianna has a great guide to get you started, including a comprehensive list of museums to learn about all the history the area has to offer.

Connect: Meet Wanderful Women in Washington D.C.

The Wanderful Washington DC Chapter would love to welcome you to their city! If you’re visiting soon, get in touch in our Wanderful members-only app.

Other Resources for Planning a Trip to Washington D.C.

  • The Washingtonian is your go-to guide for all things DC
  • TimeOut DC has tons of insight into nightlife and events
  • DCist is another fantastic resource for planning a trip to DC

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