Quick Tips for Business Travelers: Washington, D.C.
Headed to Washington D.C. for work? Lucky you! There is so much to do and see in the nation’s capital. If you’re able to, extend your trip and stay for the weekend. Hotels in the area can be pricey but look for last minute deals or rent an Airbnb near a metro line.
Rooftop bars are very popular in D.C., and they are one of the best ways to get a taste of the city in a short amount of time. Generally, buildings can’t be higher than 13 stories in the District thanks to laws dating back to the early 1900s, which has resulted in one of the city’s most distinct features. Head to The Graham in Georgetown, Top of the Gate at the infamous Watergate Hotel, or the POV Lounge at the W Hotel for a cocktail and amazing views.
Stuck in meetings all day and afraid you won’t have time to explore? No problem! The best time to go to the National Mall is actually at night! It’s cooler, less crowded, and the monuments are even more beautiful all lit up. All the Smithsonian museums are free to enter and open until 6pm (some until 7pm in the summer), so you don’t have to feel guilty about popping in if you only have an hour. The National Arboretum is a great place to walk around, or head to a different neighborhood to catch an outdoor movie with a unique D.C. backdrop on a summer night. If the weather isn’t great, head to the Kennedy Center for one of their nightly free performances. Don’t forget to head up to the balcony for some amazing city views!
D.C. is a foodie city, so there are always new restaurants and specialty cocktail bars popping up. Check out Washingtonian for reviews of the latest and trendiest restaurants. For a quintessential D.C. dining experience, head to Old Ebbitt Grill and take an after dinner walk past the White House, which is only 2 blocks away. Enjoy some tapas at celebrity chef Jose Andres’ restaurant, Zaytinya, or head to one of the Obamas’ favorites, Rasika, for amazing Indian food. No list of restaurant recommendations is complete without Filomena, a Georgetown staple since 1983. For dessert, head to Baked and Wired, and take your treat down to the Georgetown waterfront to enjoy it with a view of the Potomac. Skip the line at Georgetown Cupcake and place your order online a day ahead of time.