Exploring Washington DC with Meg Biram
Politician or not, you should definitely visit Washington, D.C. at some point in your life. Not only for it's history, but because it's beautiful place with a lot to do and we have amazing food!
The tourist places are not overrated — taking a stroll around the National Mall to see all of the monuments is a must. You can also take a tour of the East Wing of the White House if you request it from your Congressman/woman in advance. One of my local tips is to go see the Lincoln Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial at night. The lighting against a black sky is stunning — plus there are less tourists around. If you don't want to walk, you can always take a segway tour.
Another amazing thing DC has to offer over other cities is that there are 17 Smithsonian museums here — and they are all free! Many of the museums are located right on or around the National Mall so you won't have to go far to see them. I also recommend taking a peek inside the Library of Congress and taking a tour of the Capitol.
If you have time, I also recommend visiting the National Cathedral. It's stunning, and you'll be shocked at just how large it is. Every time you go down a staircase and turn a corner, there's another amazing mosaic. It's the 6th largest cathedral in the world!
If you want to go shopping there are a few areas you can hit up — Georgetown, 14th Street between P and U, Union Market, and City Center. Outside of DC in the Virginia suburbs you can also visit Tyson's Corner. Some of my favorite shops around the city are Salt & Sundry, Redeem, Barney's, Jo Malone London, Good Wood, Rag & Bone, Nomad Yard, Steven Alan, and Le Labo.
Covering the food in DC warrants it's own entire blog, but here are a few of my favorite spots to hit when in Washington, D.C. Get your coffee fix at Baked & Wired, The Wydown, or Dolcezza. For lunch you can grab a healthy salad from Sweetgreen or have a long lunch at Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown. For dinner the hot spots (which really do meet the hype) are Le Diplomate, The Dabney, and Roses Luxury. For drinks try 2 Birds 1 Stone or get a great view at the W Hotel's POV rooftop bar. To curb your sweet tooth try Buttercream Bake Shop or Milk Bar.
Written by Meg Birman -