Want a true authentic experience in Washington, DC? People usually want to go where the locals go and not where the tourists flock. We asked our team at The Embassy Row Hotel for their opinion of authentic places to eat and attractions to see in Washington, D.C. Take notes to plan a Washington, DC vacation...
Sure, you can google things to do in Washington, DC or places to eat in DC,but how do you know if it is a true authentic experience? People usually want to go where the locals go and not where the tourists flock. We asked our team at The Embassy Row Hotel for their opinion of authentic places to eat and attractions to see in Washington, D.C. Take notes to plan a Washington, DC vacation:
Experience their famous fried fish featured on Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel. They have two locations; one in NE and the other in Takoma. You may wait in a line at this popular spot.
Old Ebbitt Grill: Historic oyster bar and restaurant near The White House, this is THE oldest restaurant in Washington, DC. It was founded in 1856 and continues to live up to its reputation.
Tabard Inn: Dine in one of the oldest hotels in Washington, D.C., believed this American cuisine restaurant is haunted by ghosts.
Ben's Chili Bowl: Serving chili, sandwiches and burgers since 1958, Ben's Chili Bowls location witnessed the civil rights movement right in front of its U Street location. Bill Cosby and President Obama are the only two people who eat for free at Ben's Chili Bowl.
Mount Vernon: Visit George Washington's estate in Alexandria, which includes his mansion on 50-acres along the Potomac River, blacksmith shop, pioneer farm and more.
Arlington National Cemetery: This cemetery expands over 600+ acres and was established during the Civil War. Don't miss the spectacular views of Washington, DC and the switching of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
National Mall: With all the museums Don't be confused National Mall is not a mall; its a national park and includes the area between the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol. There are over ten Smithsonian museums that are in the National Mall.
Fords Theater: Known as the place of Abraham Lincolns assassination, Fords Theater in Washington, DC still produces musical and plays.
Lincoln Theatre: a historic theatre next to Ben's Chili Bowl, this has been nicknamed, Washington;s Black Broadway, serving the African American community during the civil rights movement
The Howard Theatre: A historic theatre that opened in 1910, it was also known for opening its doors to the African American community. Over the years the theatre has hosted performers such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Chuck Brown, and many more.
Kennedy Center: The busiest performing arts facility in the United States, its a national living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and produces and presents theater, dance, ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music.
Your turn! Where do you recommend that's an authentic DC experience? What makes a restaurant or attraction authentic? Stay tuned for our next blog post on the most authentic things to do in Washington, DC.