Places to See in Washington, D.C.

Hand Crafted Itineraries by Washington, D.C. Residents

We are always getting asked for advice on the best places to visit in Washington, D.C. In response we have created complete end to end day itineraries for all types of travelers.

Our hand crafted itineraries lay out a paced and logical format to sightseeing in Washington, D.C. By utilizing the Metro to get from one place to another we help you take in attractions and restaurants with ease.

Everyone has something unique they want to do on their Washington, D.C. vacation. We organize our itineraries by themes making them easy to search. We also uncover options for lunch, brunch and dinner.

Best Affordable Restaurants Near the Metro Kate and I love D.C. for the diverse restaurant scene. Here is our top 26 places for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks, or vegan. Each of these restaurants are rated by Yelp for entries under $30, or averaging $10.

COVID Friendly Tours

If you’re traveling to Washington, D.C and are looking for COVID friendly activities one of the best options to avoid the crowds and still see is a D.C. private boat tour.  Remaining on the water is possibly one of the best ways to avoid contact with crowds and public transit. You can drive right to the dock and board the boat.

Family Essentials


For families who want to see it all – a guided tour, museum visit, and down-time on The National Mall. – Download the PDF

Science Buffs

This itinerary is perfect for science enthusiasts of all ages. – Download the PDF

Active Lifestyle

This itinerary will appeal to anyone who wants to remain active and on their feet all day while exploring Washington, DC. You’ll see the National Mall at night via bike, kayak alongside Georgetown on the Potomac, and ride a bike in Rock Creek Park before checking out the Zoo. Lunch and dinner suggestions built in. – Download the PDF

Art & Booze

This itinerary will appeal to young adults who want to take in several free Smithsonian art museums enjoy a nice dinner and then have fun going out in Dupont Circle. – Download the PDF

Music Enthusiast

This itinerary will appeal to those who like music: listening to it, learning about it, exploring it, and simply enjoying it. – Download the PDF

Budget Friendly

This itinerary will appeal to those who are trying to see DC on a tight budget. In a generally expensive city, there are plenty of free (and almost free) options! – Download the PDF

Theater & Performances

This itinerary will appeal to those who would enjoy seeing a live performance – theater, concerts, ballet, opera, etc. – Download the PDF

History Buffs

This itinerary will appeal to those to enjoy learning about history, and seeing DC’s most significant historical sites. – Download the PDF


This itinerary is for anyone who loves books. Visit libraries and bookstores, authors’ homes, book cafes, and enjoy quiet, cozy places to read.
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Nature Lovers

For those who love nature, and just being outside. Explore DC’s botanical gardens and manicured parks. – Download the PDF

For Photographers

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Inspired ByWashington Photo Safari. If your a photographer who is looking to build on their skills and see Washington, D.C. then Washington Photo Safari is for you. Get the inside track on the best place to take photos in Washington, D.C. and improve your photography by learning directly from the pros while touring D.C.
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American History Tour

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Inspired ByD.C. by Foot. So many people walk the National Mall day dreaming while forgetting the significance of each monument and memorial. This day itinerary builds in a 2 hour tour of the National Mall while stopping back at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Conclude the day reflecting on what you have learned by observing the National Mall at the Skydome Lounge. – Download the PDF

Unique Shopping

This itinerary will appeal to those to love to shop! Check out D.C.’s fantastic shopping along the streets, and within unique markets.
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Religious Stops

This is for those who are interested in visiting religious sites and learning about different religions. – Download the PDF

Sports Fans

For those who love sports, this itinerary will take you to some of the best venues in town to tour, explore, and experience.
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Transportation Lovers

For those to love planes, trains, and automobiles. – Download the PDF


How other travel bloggers experience D.C.

Educational With Teens

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Inspired ByDana Freeman Travels. We spent 3 days in Washington, DC with a 12 year old and 15 year old. Out of the three days this was our favorite and during this day we noticed that the kids were the most engaged with the exhibits. Come along during our day of history and learning in the Nation’s Capital.
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Couples Weekend


Inspired By – Planning Our Escape. We hit the National Mall, paddled around the Tidal Basin, popped into a museum, and finished off our day with great food and theater. Follow along our day in Washington, DC.
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Cherry Blossoms In Style

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Inspired ByCloset Fashionista. Follow along with Closet Fashionista during this premier day built around seeing the Cherry Blossoms while making time for brunch, an art museum and shopping.
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Taste of D.C.

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Inspired BySuzz Travels. The goal of my time in Washington, D.C. was to see the essentials and dine at several restaurants. I took the morning to see the National Mall and then bar hopped from place to place between lunch and dinner. Follow along in my day in Washington, DC.
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Best Affordable Restaurants Near the Metro

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Metro StationNameForType
West Falls ChurchTaco BambaDinnerMexican
NoMaToki UndergroundDinnerTaiwanese, Ramen, Desserts
BraddockCheesetiqueBrunchCheese Shops, Sandwiches, Wine Bars
Woodley Park-ZooDuke’s CounterBrunchBurgers, Pubs, Sandwiches
Dupont CircleDuke’s GroceryBrunchBars, Sandwiches, Salad
ClarendonAmbarBrunchModern European
ShawChurchKeyDinnerAmerican (New), Lounges
Capitol SouthGood Stuff EateryDinnerBurgers
Crystal CityKabob PalaceDinnerHalal, Pakistani
BallstonRustico Restaurant & BarDinnerAmerican (New)
ClarendonThe Liberty TavernDinnerBars, American (New), Breakfast & Brunch
Woodley ParkAmsterdam FalafelshopDinnerVegetarian, Middle Eastern, Falafel
Woodley ParkOpen CityDinnerAmerican (Traditional), Diners, Pizza
TenleytownComet Ping PongDinnerPizza
Farragut WestFounding Farmers DCDinnerAmerican (Traditional), Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch
U StreetBen’s Chili BowlLunch, Dinner, Late NightHot Dogs, Burgers, American (Traditional)
Capitol SouthWe, The PizzaLunchPizza
FarragutWicked WaffleLunchBreakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Gluten-Free
Gallery PlaceClyde’s of Gallery PlaceNightlifeAmerican (Traditional), Bars, Seafood
BallstonMussel Bar & GrilleNightlifeBars, American (Traditional)
Woodley ParkThe DinerNightlifeDiners, Bars
U StreetEl Centro DF - 14th StNightlifeMexican, Bars
BallstonSweetgreenVeganVegetarian, Salad
Chinatown (Several Other Locations)&pizzaVeganPizza, Vegan, Vegetarian
Foggy Bottom, Location in GeorgetownChaiaVeganVegetarian, Vegan, American (New)