6 Washington D.C. Travel Tips, from a Local

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I’m back in my hometown for a week, and I couldn’t be more excited.

After living in a small town for 5 years, it’s always nice to come back to city lights every now and then. There is always something going on, people to see, and even after living in the area for 18 years, there is always something new I have never seen.

Some of my favorite things about the beloved capital:

  • Apart from the humidity in the summer, relatively mild weather
  • Incredibly diverse population, with something for everyone
  • Beautiful pubic transit
  • Lots of music and free concerts, and always a busker in Dupont Circle
  • Plenty to do, and a vibrant nightlife

If you’re planning a trip to DC, here are 6 things you absolutely must check out.

Free concerts

If you know anything about DC, you probably know that although the cost of living in the area is fairly high, there is an abundance of free stuff. Apart from the beautiful museums (also free!), there is a myriad of free concerts (my favorite!).

You can find buskers in many areas as well, particularly Dupont Circle. And, if you’re a music snob like me, you flock to these places:

The Kennedy Center – free concerts at 6pm, with a free shuttle from the Foggy Bottom Metro.

Georgetown Waterfront – free concerts Wednesday evenings at 5:30.

Capital Riverfront – located near the Nats park, free music Fridays at 6:30.

These are just a couple of favorites, but there are many more you can find if you do a little digging and local prying.

DC’s characteristic neighborhoods

Another cool thing about DC is the eclectic neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is very distinct, and caters to different types of people. For example: Georgetown is known for catering to young professionals and the more “preppy” crowd, Dupont Circle is known for having a very large LGBT population, Adams Morgan is known for great live music and a growing Latino population.

My favorites:

Dupont – has wonderful restaurants and nightlife, a landmark fountain at the dupont circle (which buskers often congregate), and gay life extravaganza.

Adams Morgan – has very hopping night life, eclectic eateries, cultural diversity, and fantastic music scene.

Navy Yard/Anacostia riverfront – this area is more up and coming, but still remains one of my favorites. It has a beautiful waterfront, is home of the Nats, and has some cute eateries.

The monuments at sunset

The mall, while being a characteristic touristy thing to do, is beautiful at sunset and in the evenings. Grab a frisbee and some friends, and enjoy a stroll through the lit-up monuments.

Eastern market

Eastern market is known for having a phenomenal flea/farmer’s market. You can find an array of local food and venders, with everything from pottery to produce.

Hirshorn art museum

My favorite museum to date, Hirshorn has some very unique modern art, and a beautiful sculpture garden outside.


Now tell me: have you every been to DC? What is your favorite attraction?




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