Whether you have a free evening after DDW® sessions or you’re staying a couple extra days after the meeting, Washington, D.C., offers a variety of activities and capital sights to see this spring. Fill your time with a stroll by the waterfront, a walk through the National Mall or a shopping spree in charming Georgetown. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in this city rich in history and architecture.
825 10th St. NW
A walk from the convention center, CityCenterDC is a mixed-use development taking up several city blocks. Find luxe labels including Kate Spade and Christian Dior or stop in for lunch at Momofuku. You’ll be dazzled walking through Palmer Alley, which runs between H St. and I St., and features video art installations. The alley opens up to a courtyard of outdoor seating and water features.
Wharf St. SW
Visit D.C.’s newly developed waterfront district that’s just south of L’Enfant Plaza and winds for a mile along the Potomac River. Whether you’re looking for a nice walk by the river or a kayaking adventure, District Wharf has something for you. Visitors can enjoy casual and fine-dining options that will satisfy any appetite or shop at one-of-a-kind boutiques — all complemented by monumental views and a vibrant culture.
Charming and colorful, Georgetown offers art galleries, a beautiful waterfront and historic architecture. Shoppers love Georgetown’s store-lined and cobblestone streets. Have a sweet tooth? Stop by for a delectable cupcake at Georgetown Cupcakes or Baked and Wired.
Jazz in the Garden
The Sculpture Garden, 7th St. and Constitution Ave.; 202-842-6941
Relax at Pavilion Café in the National Gallery of Art, where Jazz in the Garden is held every Friday evening through August. The show features an eclectic mix of jazz performed by top Washington-area artists. The café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments, including a beer and wine menu.
2700 F St. NW; 202-467-4600
Catch an orchestra or theater performance at the world-renowned Kennedy Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial.
National Mall and Monuments
The National Mall extends from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, with more than a dozen sites to see along the two-mile green expanse. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial offer an unparalleled view of the reflecting pool and the Washington Monument, though the obelisk can be seen majestically towering above the city from almost any view.
Transport yourself back in time at the National Museum of Natural History and view the dinosaurs that once walked Earth. D.C.’s Smithsonian Museums are a treasure trove of information and exploration, offering free entertainment and knowledge for hours. Step into space at the National Air and Space Museum, explore the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture (advance tickets required), or see some of Van Gogh’s finest paintings at the National Portrait Gallery.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Every president except George Washington has lived in the White House, originally named the President’s Mansion. Drop by Pennsylvania Ave. to snap some photos.