150 Fun Things To Do In DC

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There are so many fun things to do in Washington DC it’s tough to know where to start. Luckily we’ve got a list of 150 of them for you right here. Washington DC is famous for its well known historical landmarks, like the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and of course The White House. But there’s plenty more to see, eat, and drink than meets the eye.

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Watch the ducks in Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

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Martin Luther King

Find the spot where Martin Luther King once stood

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National Gallery of Art

See Van Gogh and other great collections at the National Gallery of Art

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Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

Glide like a pro at Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

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National Air and Space Museum

Learn about aviation and space flight at the National Air and Space Museum

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Library of Congress

Take an interesting tour of the Library of Congress

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Be moved by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Read the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Newseum

Remember important moments in history at Newseum

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Korean War Veterans Memorial

View the soldiers at the Korean War Veterans Memorial

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National World War II Memorial

Look for Kilroy at the National World War II Memorial

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Stop by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Take a walk around Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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National Museum of Natural History

See the African elephant and other amazing displays at the National Museum of Natural History

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Reflect at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Washington National Cathedral

Listen to the choir sing Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral

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Gargoyle Tour

Spot Darth Vader and other grotesques at the Gargoyle Tour

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National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard

Hangout at the National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard

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National Mall

See the cherry blossoms at National Mall

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

View memorable quotes at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Washington Monument

Get a bird’s eye view of the nation’s capital from the Washington Monument

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Ford’s Theatre

Watch a play at the historic Ford’s Theatre

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Hillwood Museum and Gardens

Smell the flowers at Hillwood Museum and Gardens

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Smithsonian Institution Building

Visit the Smithsonian Institution Building

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Phillips Collection

See an impressive exhibit at the Phillips Collection

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City Segway Tour

Enjoy a segway tour with Segs in the City

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Get tickets to see a show at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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American History

Explore the National Museum of American History

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United States Botanic Garden

Look at different species of plants at the United States Botanic Garden

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Washington Photo Safari

Learn to take better pictures at Washington Photo Safari

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Old Town Trolley

Go sightseeing on the Old Town Trolley

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National Pedicab

Hop on the National Pedicab and tour DC

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Attend a sketching workshop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Georgetown

Take a walk around Georgetown

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National Archives Museum

See important documents in history at the National Archives Museum

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U.S. Capitol

Book a tour of the U.S. Capitol

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Capitol Hill

Take a stroll down Capitol Hill

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Tidal Basin

Explore Tidal Basin on a paddle boat

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Freer and Sackler Galleries

Appreciate Asian art at Freer and Sackler Galleries

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National Postal Museum

Look at the vast collection of memorabilia at the National Postal Museum

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White House

Take a picture of the White House

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Supreme Court

Attend a courtroom lecture at the Supreme Court

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National Zoo

See amazing animals at the National Zoo

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Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Be one with nature at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

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Dumbarton Oaks Museum

Travel through time at Dumbarton Oaks Museum

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Washington Nationals

Get tickets to see the Washington Nationals play ball

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U.S. National Arboretum

Have a relaxing walk at the U.S. National Arboretum

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Albert Einstein

Take a seat beside Albert Einstein

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Spy Museum

Enter the secret world of espionage at the International Spy Museum

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Union Station

Go people watching at the Union Station

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Rock Creek Park

Get up close and personal with nature at Rock Creek Park

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Thompson Boat Center

Learn how to row at Thompson Boat Center

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Peirce Mill

Visit the historic Peirce Mill

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Old Stone House

See what life was like in the Old Stone House

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Meridian Hill Park

View the cascading fountain in Meridian Hill Park

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Dumbarton Oaks Park

Have a picnic at Dumbarton Oaks Park

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Montrose Park

Find a quiet spot to read a book in Montrose Park

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Georgetown Waterfront Park

Go jogging at Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Francis Scott Key Park

Have a romantic stroll in Francis Scott Key Park

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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Look at the lions that guard the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

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President Lincoln’s Cottage

Travel back in time at President Lincoln’s Cottage

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President Woodrow Wilson

Take a sneak peek into the life of President Woodrow Wilson

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Vietnam Women’s Memorial

Be inspired at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial

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Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

Watch the Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. 8th and I

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National Museum of Women in the Arts

Discover women artists and their creations at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Franciscan Monastery

Take a tour of the Franciscan Monastery

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Verizon Center

Catch the Wizards in action at the Verizon Center

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Washington Mystics

Cheer on the Washington Mystics

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Washington Capitals

Show your support for the Washington Capitals

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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Marvel at the art pieces at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

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Renwick Gallery

Look at contemporary and decorative art at Renwick Gallery

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DAR Museum

See pieces of the American Revolution at DAR Museum

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Georgetown University

View the historic buildings at Georgetown University

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U.S. Marines Sunset Parade

Watch the U.S. Marines Sunset Parade

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Presbyterian Church’s Jazz Night on Fridays

Attend Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Jazz Night on Fridays

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DC Improv Comedy Club

Have some laughs at DC Improv Comedy Club

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Keegan Theatre

See a musical at Keegan Theatre

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Take a guided tour of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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National Museum of the American Indian

Explore the National Museum of the American Indian

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Know more about U.S. paper currency at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Look at impressive sculptures at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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National Museum of African Art

View remarkable displays at the National Museum of African Art

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Larz Anderson House

Step back in time at Larz Anderson House

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Arena Stage

Watch an unforgettable performance at the Arena Stage

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White House Visitors Center

Attend a Ranger program at the White House Visitors Center

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National Building Museum

See a world class exhibit at the National Building Museum

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Kreeger Museum

Feast your eyes on outstanding art pieces at Kreeger Museum

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Eastern Market

Find the freshest produce at Eastern Market

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Heurich House Museum

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Heurich House Museum

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Lincoln Room

View the room where Lincoln spent the last moments of his life

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Folger Shakespeare Library

Spend an afternoon reading at Folger Shakespeare Library

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Senate and House Office Buildings

Take an interesting tour of the Senate and House Office Buildings

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Madame Tussauds

Rub shoulders with famous people at Madame Tussauds

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Metro

Get to your next destination via the Metro

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St. Matthew’s Cathedral

Have a moment of reflection at St. Matthew’s Cathedral

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Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Find out what happens next at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Union Market

Satisfy your craving at the food trucks in Union Market

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Enid A. Haupt Garden

Relax on a bench at Enid A. Haupt Garden

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Potomac River

Aboard the D.C. Ducks and explore Potomac River

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Potomac River

Go kayaking in Potomac River

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Washington Harbour

Hang out at Washington Harbour

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National Geographic Museum

See an incredible exhibit at the National Geographic Museum

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Dupont Circle

Play chess at Dupont Circle

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Embassy Row

Walk along Embassy Row and see foreign embassies

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Tudor Place

Take a look at the stunning collection at Tudor Place

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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

See the beauty of nature at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

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Old Post Office’s

Take a picture of the Old Post Office’s clock tower

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Ronald Reagan Building

Watch the hilarious Capitol Steps at the Ronald Reagan Building

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Warner Theatre

Get tickets to see a concert at Warner Theatre

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Corcoran Gallery of Art

View interesting displays at Corcoran Gallery of Art

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National Japanese American Memorial

Visit the wall of honor at the National Japanese American Memorial

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C and O Canal

Have a quick run along the C and O Canal

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Adams Morgan

See the cool shops in Adams Morgan

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House of the Temple

Take an impressive tour of the House of the Temple

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Lafayette Square

Watch protestors at Lafayette Square

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United States Navy Memorial

Fly a flag over the United States Navy Memorial

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African American Civil War Memorial

Find the “Spirit of Freedom” at the African American Civil War Memorial

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Textile Museum

View Oriental carpets and other textiles at the Textile Museum

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National Museum of Health and Medicine

Learn the history of American medicine at the National Museum of Health and Medicine

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POV

Have drinks at POV and get a great view of DC

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Madam’s Organ Blues Bar

Go out dancing at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar

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Rock Show

Catch a rocking show at 9:30

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Lucky Bar

Grab a drink and watch a game at the Lucky Bar

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Dubliner

Have a full country breakfast at the Dubliner

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U Street Music Hall

Shake your tailfeather at U Street Music Hall

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Fado Irish Pub

Have a happy hour with friends at Fado Irish Pub

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Bourbon

Grab a late night dinner at Bourbon

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Kramerbooks

Locate hard to find titles at Kramerbooks

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ChurchKey

Order a beer flight at ChurchKey

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The Pug

Relax and enjoy a few drinks at the Pug

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Smoke and Barrel

Try Smoke and Barrel’s BBQ Sampler

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Cosi

Get a T.B.M. sandwich at Cosi

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Smithsonian Gardens Butterfly Habitat

Take a look at the butterflies at the Smithsonian Gardens Butterfly Habitat

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Politics and Prose

Attend a book signing at Politics and Prose

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Mansion on O Treasure Hunt

Take the Treasure Hunt Tour of the Mansion on O

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Dean and Deluca

Have a tasty lunch at Dean and Deluca

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White House Gifts

Buy your souvenirs from White House Gifts

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Miss Pixie’s

Find vintage items at Miss Pixie’s

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Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market

Fill your shopping bags at Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market

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Capitol Hill Books

Go book hunting at Capitol Hill Books

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Avalon Theater

Relax and see a movie at Avalon Theater

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Maine Avenue Fish Market

See the freshest catch of the day at Maine Avenue Fish Market

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Chinatown

Check out the shops in Chinatown

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Circulator

Hop on the Circulator and explore the nation’s capital

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Howard Theatre

Find out who’s performing next at Howard Theatre

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Bohemian Caverns

Listen to live Jazz music at Bohemian Caverns

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Rasika

Savor authentic Indian cuisine at Rasika

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Pizzeria Paradiso

Order a hearty lunch at Pizzeria Paradiso

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Le Diplomate

Have a romantic dinner at Le Diplomate

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Peregrine Espresso

Enjoy a cup at Peregrine Espresso

Our nation’s capital provides tons of things to do any day of the year and we think our list is a great start. But we can’t write up everything the city has to offer! Think we’re missing something? Let us know! And then head over to check out some of the best weekend getaways around the area!