Washington D.C.

3-DAY Washington, District of Columbia ITINERARY

Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It's defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings - including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. It's also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center, per Google.

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Must do, must see, must try:


Monuments, memorials and the fallen heroes. Take a moment at each sight. 


Shuck, slip or suck the freshest oysters you can find.


Catch the Cherry Blossoms tress in full bloom during March through April. 

The 3-Day Washington, D.C. Itinerary


AirBnB close to Downtown Washington or Dupont Circle

Hotel: Marriott Marquis Washington ($$$), Hamilton Hotel Washington ($$)


Avoid the sweltering summers by visiting from September to November or March to May. Plan around the cherry blossoms if possible.


The itinerary pieces activities together that are walk-able, but Lyft to the outskirts or take the local trolley. Renting a car is a nice option but street parking and hotel parking is over-priced.


Language is English

Currency: US Dollar (USD, $)


Washington DC attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Besides the political significance, Washington DC offers beautiful museums (a lot of them), peaceful gardens and historical significance. Bucket list city that offers a lot of activities and food options that won't break your budget. The atmosphere is ideal for a romantic getaway, friends reunion or a family vacation.

Day one

Super early flight, check-in to AirBnB and drop off bags

10 AM - Walk the National Mall; full loop is 4 miles

Noon - The White House, you may be walking back later in the evening to see the White House at night

1 PM - Lunch at The Old Ebbitt Grill ($$, Bar & Sandwiches) and try the oysters​ are delicious

2 PM - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; time spent is 3 hours, free

  • The building behind this one is the U.S. Department of Justice​

  • Walk next door to Pavilion Cafe for a coffee and dessert; the building behind this one is the National Archives Building​

5:30 PM - Smithsonian Castle; free

Stroll around Tidal Basin

7:00 PM - Walk to the U.S. Capitol Building and take in all the sights​​, really gorgeous at night

  • Behind this building is the Supreme Court of the U.S. and Library of Congress

  • Don't worry - you're coming back for a tour

8 PM - Dinner at Birch & Barley ($$$, American) in Logan Circle

Bar: DNV Rooftop ($$$, Rooftop Bar) just down the street

Day Two

9 AM - The Pentagon Tour; time spent is 1.5 hours, free; must register in advance​

  • City within a city with drug stores, florists, candy shops and more​

  • Take a moment to reflect on where the 9/11 plane hit

11:30 AM - Arlington National Cemetery; time spent is 1 hour

Lunch at Central Michel Richard ($$$, French) or Zaytinya ($$$, Mediterranean)

2 PM - Back to the National Mall - there's so much here!

  • So many museums, so see one that fits your interests:

    • Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building

    • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture 

    • National Museum of the American Indian

    • Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

    • National Gallery of Art

      • The building behind this one is Federal Trade Commission Library​

    • The Newseum​; time spent is 2 hours, $25; this is a MUS visit, actual sections of the Berlin Wall​ are kept here

      • Get to the top for a great view​

    • Smithsonian National Museum of American History; time spent is 2 hours; another must

    • Other options: National Geographic Museum, International Spy Museum, Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters and the National Building Museum

6:30 PM - Library of Congress, take a look up at the most beautiful ceiling you'll ever see​

Dinner at Good Stuff Eatery ($$, Burger) or We, the Pizza ($, Pizza)

Evening activities options: see a show at Ford's Theater or nightlife: Adams Morgan neighborhood

Day Three

Breakfast at Union Market

9:30 AM - Tour the U.S. Capitol Building; time spent 1.5 hour, free

Or take a Day Trip to Georgetown

Check out from the AirBnB

Goodbye Washington DC. ​Head home.

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