Top 10 Washington D.C. Must-Sees

Wed. September 3rd, 2014
- by Andrew McDaniel     

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With United Fresh's Washington Conference starting on Monday, AndNowUKnow has you covered for the best things to do in Washington D.C.  From delicious food and amazing art, to history on nearly every corner, this destination city has a lot to offer.  I was lucky enough to spend some time living in D.C., so get ready for the inside scoop on the top 10 Washington D.C. must-sees.


1) Monument Tour

The monument tour is the ultimate must-do in Washington D.C.  From walking to segways to kayaks, there are many ways to tour these incredible monuments.  I’ve tried several different ones and my favorite is the Monuments by Moonlight night tour.  You can get tickets for the night tour by clicking here.  However you choose to do the tour, this is one that can’t be missed. 

2) Nationals Park

1500 South Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

While you’re in D.C., you can catch a baseball game at Nationals Park.  The Nationals have two of the most exciting young players in the sport in Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, and with playoff season right around the corner, you'll have a front seat for a team playing its heart out for a shot at postseason baseball. Next week, the Nationals are playing the Braves at home.

3) The Smithsonian Institution

For a full list of locations, click here.

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex.  It includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The amount of art housed in these museums is hard to even imagine.  No matter what your taste in art, there will be a museum for you.  Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day except Christmas.

4) United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, DC 20024

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of those places that you have to see.  It is amazing how it conveys the heartbreaking reality of such a terrible page in human history.  To make sure you don't miss this museum, you should swing by early in the morning to pick up a timed pass to be guaranteed admission. 

5) M Street in Georgetown

M St, Washington, DC 20007

If you want a bit of scenery and shopping, M Street in Georgetown is the spot for you. The shopping on this picturesque street ranges from high-end boutiques to familiar popular chains with great restaurants and cafés mixed in.  It's a great place to spend as much or as little time as you want.

6) Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

The National Cathedral was completed in 1990 and is the culmination of a two century long plan for a majestic Gothic style cathedral.  It is the 6th largest cathedral of this style in the world. From the amazing architecture to the cinematic view, this one is well worth a visit.  While there, keep your eyes peeled for Darth Vader nestled among the gargoyles. 

Food and Drinks:

7) Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café & Grill

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Right on Dupont Circle, Kramerbooks is one of my favorite places in D.C.  This bookstore has a great bar and a café with delicious food at good prices.  It has a fun atmosphere and a good group of patrons.  Plus, it’s open until at least 1am every day.

8) Round Robin Bar

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

This must visit bar is located off the lobby of The Willard InterContinental, just a quick walk from the White House.  The drinks are as delicious as the bar is beautiful.  Make sure to dress up for this one.  It has been long considered one of D.C.’s best and has been frequented from the political and social elite since the days of Abraham Lincoln.

9) Fox and Hounds Lounge

1537 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Fox and Hounds is more commonly called “The Fox” and is about one block from Dupont Circle.  This is a great neighborhood bar that houses a good mix of people. This bar offers indoor and outdoor seating and a menu that features delicious bar food and beyond at a reasonable price.

10) Ben’s Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This is a must visit eatery.  This historic restaurant serves what many locals call the world’s best chili.  You might have to wait in a line, but it is well worth it.  This fun and slightly rowdy restaurant really delivers when it comes to the food. Just make sure to have cash on you, because this local standout doesn’t take credit cards.