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Washington, D.C. City Guide: Top Things to See and Do in the US Capital

Alcove Team | 9/17/21

Washington, D.C. City Guide: Top Things to See and Do in the US Capital

Washington D.C. City Guide 


Located between Maryland and Virginia, Washington D.C. Is the most iconic and important city in the United States of America. As the nation's capital, the city is home to spectacular monuments and buildings, as well as interesting museums and galleries.

In order to get a real feel of the history of the United States, you should visit Washington D.C. at least once in your lifetime. If you're ready for a short vacation or to move there, keep reading for our ultimate Washington D.C. City Guide. 


Brief History 

Established back in 1790, Washington D.C. is the most significant and important city in the United States of America.

It has most famously served as the political and economic center of the country. However, the city has been through some challenging times, especially after it was almost completely destroyed during the War of 1812 with Great Britain.

It was only in the middle of the 19th century, when Washington D.C. started to rise from the ashes and slowly became the vibrant and culturally diverse nation's capital.

Now you'll find people from all walks of life, from students and politicians to artists and entrepreneurs, roaming the city they call home. Let's learn more!

Bars and Restaurants 

When you're in D.C., you'll definitely want to treat yourself to a more sophisticated dining experience! Those who are craving some Mediterranean flavors can grab a dinner at La Vie, situated at the Wharf. It's got stunning views of the city if you book a table at the rooftop terrace.

For an experience like no other, you can also check out the Minibar by Jose Andres. This two-Michelin-starred restaurant will take you on a gastronomical tour with unique flavors with a tasting menu of 20 dishes! 

For something less pricey but equally delicious, visitors can check out the Cortez Rooftop Bar. You will be welcomed by the colorful interior and the laid-back and unpretentious vibe. Grab delicious tacos and accompany them with a traditional Mexican tequila drink.

Additionally, you'll often find young professionals and students roaming U Street for all its food and bar offerings.

Outdoor and Recreation 

If you are planning on visiting D.C during the warm summer months, you'll definitely want to spend some time exploring the outdoors.

Pay a visit to the Meridian Hill Park, where an impressive cascading fountain, known to be one of the longest in the country, is situated. Visitors from all over come to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful stroll along the green areas.

Plus, the James Buchanan Memorial, the Joan of Arc Statue and the Noyes Armillary Sphere are all must-stop-by sights scattered throughout the park. 

Situated at the heart of Washington D.C is the National Mall - a fusion of a journey through time and with stunning views of iconic monuments. The park is also home free museums like the National Air & Space Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of Natural History and more.

Monuments to check out include the impressive 555-feet marble Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the hidden green oasis of the Constitution Gardens.

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Despite not being part in the park, visitors will easily notice the white dome of the Capitol building. Taking a walk west will bring you to the Washington monument. Head further west to see Lincoln, south to see Madison, and north to get a glimpse of the White House.

For those of you who prefer something more tucked away in nature and outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, the Rock Creek Park is a fantastic day-trip! Covering over 1700 acres, the preserved area is excellent choice if you would prefer to spend some time being active in nature. Choose between the 30 hiking trails or book a horseback riding session. The options are endless in D.C.!

Entertainment and Sports 

Washington D.C is home to 5 world-class golf courses, so if you love spending your time golfing, this is the place to be! The Rock Creek Golf Park and the East Potomac Park Golf Course and both excellent choices with their impressive grounds.

For the tennis fans visiting in August, on the other hand, the Citi Open Tennis Tournament is a fabulous world-famous sports event to be added to your travel itinerary. 

Catch a game at one of the city's sports complexes where you can see teams like the Washington Capital (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Nationals (MLB), D.C United (MLS) or the Washington Football Team (NFL).

Washington D.C. Is also hosting a great open-air movie experience in the summer months.

Between July and August, for example, visitors can find a large movie screen in front of the Library of Congress. The Sunset Cinema at the Wharf, on the other hand, is perfect if you would like to watch an old-movie classic while sipping on a delicious signature cocktail. 

Those planning a family-friendly trip would also want to add the Smithsonian's National Zoo to their travel itinerary when visiting Washington D.C. There's so much to see!


Are you ready to pack your bags and head to Washington, D.C.? Which of the places that we have mentioned in our Washington D.C. City Guide would you love to visit first?

If you're interested in learning more about relocating to the area, Alcove may soon be coming to D.C. Enjoy all the activities that the city has to offer while using one of the fastest-growing coliving platforms to find the perfect place for you. We'll have affordable rooms for rent in D.C. soon enough.

In the meantime, take a weekend trip and enjoy all that Washington D.C. has to offer!