When you're visiting the nation's capital and staying in Dupont Circle, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in D.C.’s diverse culture and Dupont Circle’s bustling, trend setting scene. Seven days in Washington, D.C. will place you in an inspired state of mind, learning about America's story and discovering historic neighborhoods. Our current package, "Book Two Nights, Get the Third Night Free" is perfect for short and long trips to Washington, D.C. If you want to vacation longer in D.C., book five nights and receive two nights free. We also planned the perfect itinerary for your vacation in D.C.
We wrapped the best things to do in seven days:
Seven Days in Washington, D.C.
Day 1 – “The Essentials” - Grab $2 tickets to go to the top of the Washington Monument. Walk the course of the Reflection pool, and up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Depending upon the weather, take a paddle boat around the Tidal Basin to admire the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the city from a new perspective. When you're ready for a place to cool off, choose 1-2 Smithsonian museums to explore; many people are surprised to find out there are 19 Smithsonian museums.
Day 2 – “Seek an Authentic Vacation” – Dare to go somewhere off the beaten path. Navy Yard is a neighborhood on the southeast side of D.C. on the water. The neighborhood (theyardsdc.com or yardspark.org) has been developed over the past few years and has plenty of fun (free) events such as daily workouts, fashion trucks, and food tours. When you’re ready for some R&R, head back to the hotel to relax on The Rooftop lounge.
Day 3 – “Hidden Secrets” – Many people don’t think about touring the Washington National Cathedral. Daily tours offer behind-the-scenes information about the church’s gothic architecture. Don’t miss the views from the Observation Gallery at the church. Leave feeling inspired and go to The Phillips Collection, a private art gallery, only a few blocks from the hotel. Permanent exhibits include Rothko, Georgia O'Keefe, Dega, and more.
Day 4 – “Shop ‘Til You Drop” – Start your shopping in Dupont Circle and work your way to Georgetown. When you’re done there, head to the small boutique stores on historic streets of Alexandria. Eat lunch on King Street or grab a reservation on the water. For your last shopping destination, take a water taxi from Alexandria to National Harbor and shop in style along their waterfront.
Day 5 – “Epicurean’s Expedition” – Only 25 miles from DC, you’ll find more than 40 award-winning wineries and wine tasting rooms. Opt for a private car or group tour to DC’s wine country in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Day 6 – “House Tours Galore” – Visit two of the most important residences in America. Contact your member of Congress no more than six months in advance or less than 21 days to schedule a White House Tour. The wait in line is worth it to tour a house with so much history. Then, head over to Mount Vernon in Alexandria to take in the beauty of our first President’s estate on the waterfront.
Day 7 – “Distinctive Neighborhoods in D.C.” - Plenty of restaurants, bright lights and entertaining people in D.C.’s Chinatown, but it no longer has its luster for cheap clothing or must-have knock-offs like New York City’s Chinatown. It’s still worth seeing the Chinatown gate and stopping into one of the many great ethnic restaurants. We also recommend a walking tour of Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle to gawk at the beauty of historic row homes in these two very charming neighborhoods.
What would you see and do in Washington, D.C. in seven days?