Welcome to Welge Travel Report's Washington D.C. city guide. Here you'l find the best of Washington D.C. WTR's Washington D.C. map shows you the location of our favorite things to do in Washington D.C. - including the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Newseum.
You'll also find the best dining in Washington D.C., guided by WTR's Carlota Cuisine. Fine dining in Washington D.C. includes Oyamel Cocina Mexicana and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Then you're off to Alexandria.
Welge Travel Report Notables for Washington D.C.
Getting around in Washington D.C.
Public Transportation In Washington D.C.
Our Tony Transit says the best way to get around Washington D.C. is the Local Rail Transportation, Metro (wmata.com)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) - Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
People Watching in Washington D.C.
WTR's Francois Flaneur says the best "PW" is DuPont Circle or the drum circle at Meridian Park.
Beverages - Grape Experience in Washington D.C.
D.C. does not have any vineyards, however nearby Virginia has become a wine lovers destination. Our Winnie Winesnob says to find the best local wines check out (virginia.org/directory/wineriesandbreweries/) to get acquainted.
Dining in Washington D.C.
Close by is Carlota's choice for best lunch dining at Republic - L & D: Daily, 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, 301-290-3000
Start with the oysters on the half shell. The choose the grilled chicken, hangar steak or the pan roasted halibut. Dessert is the carrot-parsnip cake. Full bar and a nice wine list. Live music.
Nightlife/Entertainment in Washington D.C.
WTR's Shauna Showtime thinks the best nightlife is in Adams Morgan, Georgetown and DuPont Circle.
Shopping in Washington D.C.
Our Shari Shopper says The Shops at Georgetown Park and the surrounding area are your best choice.
Botanically Yours in Washington D.C.
WTR's Greta Gardner says the best and most interesting gardens in Washington D.C. are:
- The United States Botanic Garden – Daily: 10-5, 100 Maryland Ave SW, D.C., 202-225-8333, the National Garden draws inspiration from the environments of the Mid-Atlantic region. It was conceived as an outdoor laboratory for gardening in harmony with natural ecosystems.
- Hillwood Museum & Gardens – Tu-Sa: 10-5, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, D.C., 202-686-8500, At Hillwood you will find 25 acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodlands.
- Dumbarton Oaks (doaks.org) – Tu-Su: 2-6, 1703 32nd St NW, Georgetown, 202-339-6400, the Dunbarton Oaks Gardens are 10 acres of formal and informal gardens.
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Lagniappe for Washington D.C.
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M Sackler Gallery
Now through June 24, 2018 see Subodh Gupta: Terminal
Internationally acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta transforms familiar household objects, such as stainless steel and brass vessels often found in India, into wondrous structures. The Freer|Sackler features the artist’s monumental installation Terminal.
Lagniappe 2 for Washington D.C. at the East Building and the National Gallery of Art
Now to May 13, 2018 see Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three periods over the last century when the intersection of self-taught artists with the mainstream has been at its most fertile.
It is the first major exhibition to explore how those key moments, which coincided with periods of American social, political, and cultural upheaval, challenged or erased traditional hierarchies and probed prevailing assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture.
Bringing together some 250 works in a range of media, the exhibition includes more than 80 schooled and unschooled artists and argues for a more diverse and inclusive representation in cultural institutions and cultural history.