We're excited to share our travel planning tips to travelers visiting Washington, DC. Some of the most authentic things to do in Washington, DC are free. In our last blog post, our team of local experts at The Embassy Row Hotel put together a list of the best restaurants and attractions. Now, our team shares best activities for a DC vacation.
You can expect beautiful views, hidden gems and lots of people watching through these DC experiences. When you stay at our Washington, DC hotel, you'll also meet our friendly concierge team, ready to help you plan your itinerary in DC.
Picnic at Gravelly Point: Pack a picnic and chairs for watching planes take off from Ronald Reagan Airport at Gravelly Point. This is well-known spot for locals, plus its great people watching.
Spanish Steps at Kalorama: The Spanish Steps in DC are off the beaten path. It isn't a park, it's simply a set of stairs constructed in 1911 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can find people daydreaming and relaxing on them; it's said to be one of the most romantic places in DC. You decide.
Drum Circle: Every Sunday since the late 50s in Meridian Hill Park (also referred to as Malcom X Park), a drum circle meets. This started as a tradition during the Civil Rights era and has continued to attract professional drummers. Go early to grab a seat because sometimes hundreds will show up in attendance to see this legendary drum circle in action.
Eastern Market: The Eastern Market on Capitol Hill was continuously open from 1873 until 2007. A fire in 2007 closed the market until it reopened in 2009. The entire block is closed to car traffic for its outdoor vendors. Visitors can shop for souvenirs, jewelry, fresh produce, meats, produce and much more. Its open Tuesday - Sunday but pedestrian traffic really picks up on the weekends.
Paddle boats on the Tidal Basin: Work on your fitness in Washington, DC, while seeing the memorials. Paddle boats on the Tidal Basin is available during the warm months and gives travelers the opportunity to see the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the natural beauty of DC.
Hains Point: The southern tip of the East Potomac Park is Hains Point, an artificial island from dredging in the late 1800's. The park features DC Cherry Blossom trees, biking and running paths as well as places to picnic and fish.
Southwest Waterfront: This is a prime location along the Potomac River. Plans are underway to redevelop Southwest Waterfront as residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, park and more. Currently, you can walk along the waterfront, admire the Titanic Statue in DC and dine at one the many restaurants there.
Travelers, where else have you been recommended to visit? Feel free to ask us questions about any of the activities above.
Locals, is there something missing from our list of things to do in Washington, DC? Share it with us!