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With Washington D.C. being the capitol of United States, it’s obvious that there will be tons to do! Everything from food and shopping to festivals and the white house itself, you won’t be bored in D.C. Here are 33 things to do in D.C. during your extended stay, and if you’re looking for a short term apartment to stay at, visit!

The Must-Sees:

-United States Capitol

Washington, DC US Capitol Building

-White House

White House Washington DC

-Washington Monument
-Lincoln Memorial
-National Museum of Natural History
-National World War II Museum
-Thomas Jefferson Memorial
-United States Holocaust Museum
-Korean War Veterans Museum & Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

-Vietnam Veterans Memorial
-International Spy Museum
-Washington National Cathedral
-Smithsonian Museums

The Must-Try Restaurants:

-Old Ebbitt Grill
Just steps away from the White House, it therefore receives many visits from politicians, celebrities, and journalists. It was also a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt, Grant, Cleveland, and Harding. Serving saloon style food, it’s the perfect spot for a filling meal and a possible run in with “important” people, if you know what I mean.

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-Founding Farmers
One of the first restaurants to truly understand the meaning of from farm to table dining. You won’t be disappointed having food that is fulfilling, delicious, and honest.

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-Le Diplomate
This restaurant is inspired by French cuisine and is the perfect location for an easy cappuccino and croissant to a full celebratory dinner. It’s a hot spot for those working in Capitol Hill and therefore an easy way to bump into “good-to-know” people.

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-Rasika and Rasika West End
A restaurant with the perfect take on modern indian cuisine. It’s so good and visited so much that majority of D.C. can pronounce the menu items better and quicker than “double cheeseburger.”
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-The Red Hen
A delicious Italian influenced American restaurant located in the historic and eclectic neighborhood of Bloomingdale located in Washington D.C. Don’t worry about giving an address to your driver, they more than likely already know where it is thanks to the amount of visitors the restaurant receives.

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It’s delicious Mediterranean inspired food with a brussel sprout dish that will make even the biggest brussel sprout hater into a lover. It was started under the direction of celebrated chef Jose Andres.
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-Rose’s Luxury
They don’t take reservations except for the rooftop garden which needs to be scheduled nearly a month in advance but is so worth the wait! It’s small plate and family style dinner kind of place so the rule is: get a few small plates and choose 1 family style dinner to share with family and/or friends.

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-Crumbs & Whiskers
Okay so it’s basically exactly what it sounds like and if you have a cat allergy…don’t go there, but other than that it’s basically a cafe with cats, cats that you can adopt too! So not only can you relax and nibble on food that you bring, but you can play with cats and adopt one as well. It’s basically a cat-lover’s heaven.

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Like burritos? Like sushi? How about sushi the size of a burrito? That’s right, Buredo has been recently rising in popularity due to it’s interesting take on sushi in burrito form. Don’t knock it until you try it!
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Another Italian inspired restaurant that is a must-try thanks to it’s often rotating seasonal dishes that showcase regional food in Italy. With delicious food, a lovely atmosphere, and view of the market, it’s an overall great place to dine.

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The Go-to Festivals and Events:

-Washington Winter Show (January)
An antiques show where you will be able to hunt for treasures by high-end antiques dealers.

-Restaurant Week (January)
A week in which D.C.’s top 200 restaurants offer prix fixe meals that are a must-try. It allows you to dine in the city’s most popular and talked about restaurants!

-Washington D.C. International Film Festival (February)
World cinema with over 100 features right in the District. Perfect way to relax and watch some of the greatest and most interesting films.

-National Cherry Blossom Festival (March/April)

D.C. cherry blossom festivalA three-week citywide festival celebrating the 3,000 cherry trees gifted to Washington D.C. by the mayor of Tokyo. It’s one of the city’s most largest events with cultural performances, music, and food!

-White House Spring Garden Tours (April)
You can visit the grounds of the most famous house in United States and really engulf yourself in the beauty of the gardens, including the Jacqueline Kennedy garden, Rose Garden, and South Lawn.

-Passport D.C. (May)
It’s like traveling the world in 31 days! For this month long event, all the embassies have an open house, allowing anyone to visit and experience a little slice of their country. It’s a great way to get to know a culture a little.

-Flower Mart (May)
This festival is full of plants, herbs, boutiques, food and music. The Washington National Cathedral opens up its century-old carousel as well!

-Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June/July)
It’s a global showcase on the National Mall. It features several countries and topics each year and is held over the course of several weekends.

-DC VegFest (September/October)

D.C. VegFestDedicated to vegans and vegetarians but open to all, this festival is all about meatless meals and prevention of animal cruelty. It’s a free festival that allows you to try foods, pet animals, listen to top speakers, and get to know vegan brands.

-National Christmas Tree Lighting (December)
Hosted by the President and First Family, you can see the tree being lit for free.

For more festivals and events visit the Washington D.C. festival guide.

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