My “Don’t Miss” Picks – Washington DC, USA

Washington DC – My “Don’t Miss” Picks

Day One

You’ll need rugged walking boots for this marathon. Take the Blue/Orange Line to Foggy Bottom – GW metro stop. When you get out of the metro make a left and walk about 6 blocks and you are on your way.

Begin at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial then onto the Lincoln, Korean, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Jefferson Monuments. Head back to the Washington Monument and make sure to stop at the Interpretive Interactive Center. Continue onto the Bureau of Engraving & Printing and/or US Holocaust Museum.

This interactive map will help you make your way around.


Still have enough energy for dinner? Head out to Dupont Circle (red line). My favorites are:

Café Luna***: 1633 P. Street

Cheap, atmospheric and good food.

Food For Thought: 1738 Connecticut Ave NW

Vegan, vegetarin and creative.

Grillfish***: 1200 New Hampshire Ave NW

Campy, fun & gothic – Pecan crusted trout $17.95 and worth it!

Kramerbooks and Afterwards: 1517 Connecticut Ave NW

Continental food with a twist, a little $$ but worth it – check out the bookstore inside.

Lauriol Plaza: 2000 18th Street, NW

If you don’t mind waiting 45 minutes for a table this seems to be the place of the month. Just moved to new digs (very industrial but serve Spanish food – I don’t get that connection).

Day Two

Rise and shine and get in line (6am) if you want to tour the White House.

Then, continue on to the Renwick Gallery, Treasury Department (hop the red line to Gallery Place – Chinatown), visit Ford’s Theatre, FBI Building and the Discovery Channel Store.

Need to refuel? Chinatown is right around the corner and several good restaurants are only a few blocks away (my picks below).

Mehak: 817 Seventh St. NW

The undiscovered Indian restaurant offers a bargain buffet from noon to 3:00 pm on weekends for $9.95! Traditional Indian dishes include; tandoor-singed chicken, curried potatoes and cauliflower, sweetly piquant lamb masala, earthy lentils, warm-from-the-oven bread just to name a few. Relaxing atmosphere and good service make this a great place to take a break from sightseeing.

Fado Irish Pub***: 808 7th Street, NE

Good ole Irish Bar makes you want to curl up by the fire (even on a hot day) with a pint of your favorite ale while you put on the pounds at this reasonably priced authentic Irish gem.

Tony Cheng’s

It’s what you come to Chinatown for…gaudy red sign and interior; don’t be discouraged this place is great!

Day Three

Blue/Orange line to Smithsonian. Spend your day at the following:

Air & Space Museum – currently showing the incredible Imax film – “Wildfire”.
Museum of Natural History – currently showing another Imax film “Africa’s Elephant Kingdom”.

The National Gallery of Art can’t be seen in one day, but check out their website for current exhibits.

Places to Eat

BREADLINE – American/Jewish/Mediterranean/Spanish/Turkish, 202-822-8900

CAPITAL Q – Barbecue, 202-347-8396

NEGRIL – Jamaican, 202-332-2727

OODLES NOODLES – Asian, 202-293-3138

STAR OF SIAM – Thai, 202-785-2839

Library of Congress

Day Four

Blue/Orange line to Capital South. The Library of Congress is one of the most exquisite buildings in DC – make sure you go to the Jefferson Building! Then onto the Folger Shakespeare Library, Supreme Court, Senate Office Buildings and the Capital (I’m usually not one for guided tours but do take one here).

Union Station is around the corner, and not only has fabulous architecture – but has a huge food court and a couple of nice outdoor restaurants.

Day Five

Arlington national Cemetary

Virginia’s claim to fame is not limited to George & Martha Washington’s home – Mt Vernon;

Arlington’s National Cemetary; or

Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home.

There are also commanding views of the Potomac River, The Pentagon, Old Town Alexandria and Christ Church. Easily accessible by the blue/yellow lines and definitely worth the trip.

Day Six

Begin your morning romping with the animals at Woodley Park National Zoo – animals are out and about by 10am and the rare but delightful Pandas feed at 11am (red line – Woodly Park).

Head two stops up on the red line to Washington’s National Cathedral (red line to Tenley Town – bus about 2 miles) to see a most impressive Gothic Cathedral.

Continue on to my personal favorite, Dumbarton Oaks, which not only has a 16 acres of beautiful formal gardens (stop and smell the 1000 roses!) but also houses an excellent Byzantine and Pre Colombian exhibit.

Still haven’t seen enough?

Check out my four additional sights minus the tourists.

  • Do the must-see tour of the State Dept. Diplomatic Reception Rooms, where the Secretary of State entertains princes and prime ministers in lavish, antique-filled surroundings.

  • Browse famous faces at the little-visited National Portrait Gallery (Red line-Gallery Place/Chinatown)

  • Washington Monument construction got you down? Then shoot your way to the top of the Old Post Office Clocktower for a view that replaces the Washington Monument and show another fine example of government waste! (orange line to Federal Triangle)

  • Examine the diplomatic domains with a stroll along Embassy Row (just north of Dupont Circle).

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