D.C. October 26, 2017
This 20-mile Road Trip Is the Best Way To Experience Washington DC In One Day
DC is a special place. It’s a unique, thriving city that always has something new to offer. It’s no wonder that millions of tourists come to DC every year. The problem is that there is so much to see here, it can feel overwhelming. We put together a 20 mile road trip around DC that collects some of its biggest and best attractions, neighborhoods and restaurants. Whether you are a local on a staycation or are just driving through, this is the best 20-mile road trip through DC.
Check out the interactive map here.
This is an overview of what we'll see on this road trip.
It's a little under 20 miles starting from Adams Morgan and taking you around DC.
We start with coffee.
Tryst Coffee in Adams Morgan is one of the best coffee shops in DC. It's an institution in the neighborhood. In addition to coffee, they have a large selection of breakfast items.
After we fuel up, we hike.
Rock Creek Park is a true gem of DC. The sprawling park is the best place to escape the city without really escaping. There's a variety of trails so if you are not really a hiker, you can take a more casual stroll.
Next we hit one of the most gorgeous churches in the country.
The National Cathedral does not make the top of everyone's DC lists but it's should! This incredible Gothic church is one of the most impressive architectural structures in DC.
Then we shop and dine.
We head down to Georgetown after our stop at The National Cathedral. This is the oldest neighborhood in DC. It's known for its great shopping and dining. There's also gorgeous row houses and mansions along the side streets. Grab a bite to eat on M Street or down at Washington Harbor.
Now it's onto the popular tourist spots!
We couldn't really leave downtown DC off our itinerary. Take some photos outside the White House and take a stroll around Lafayette Park to enjoy some history and culture.
Then it's off to experience history and heritage.
Walk a few blocks past the White House and you'll be at The National Mall. From here, you can tour the Capitol, explore the Smithsonian museums or visit the monuments and memorials.
Take a moment to pay your respects
At this point, you'll be close the Memorial Bridge and it's quick drive into Arlington. While this is technically outside of DC, everyone should stop at the Arlington Memorial Cemetery. It's moving, inspiring and will fill you with gratitude.
After all that, you might want to unwind
Since you've been exploring and walking, you might want to relax a little. DC's newest destination, Yards Park, is the perfect place for this. Lay out on the grass, grab a snack at one of the many local restaurants or just soak up waterfront views.
Then visit a fascinating off-the-Mall museum.
The Spy Museum is one of the few museums in DC that costs money. But it's worth the price of admission. This interactive museum gives you an inside look at the secret life of spies. You will also be able to experience DC's unique Chinatown neighborhood.
Finish off your day on U Street
The U Street Corridor is a perfect place to end your day. Whether you want a great meal or to experience the nightlife, U Street is an ideal destination. This street offers plenty of restaurants, bars and lounges all in within walking distance of one another!
The crazy thing about DC is that this is only one way to spend your day here! There are many other
attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods that we just couldn’t fit on the list! What would you add to our road trip?