D.C. August 19, 2017
10 Best Underrated Attractions In Washington DC
In summer in DC, you can be sure of one two things; the first is the humidity and the second is tourists. Humidity tends to leave us in the fall but the tourists never really do. Let’s face it, sometimes it can be hard to find places that aren’t as jam-packed and crowded. But we did some work for you and found the best underrated attractions in DC!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks is a truly gorgeous mansion in Georgetown with acres and acres of incredible gardens that anyone can come and tour. 1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007
2. National Arboretum
We don’t know why the National Arboretum is a hidden gem but it is. It’s one of the best places to feel like you’re escaping the city while still in the city. You can relax exploring acres of fields and flowers. 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002.
3. Old Stone House
Most people don’t realize that tucked within the shops of Georgetown is the oldest house in Georgetown. Come in for a tour and to see the lovely gardens out back. Be forewarned though, that the house is reportedly haunted. 3051 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
4. Yards Park
The recently revitalized Yards Park is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. It’s surrounded by delicious restaurants, runs right next to the river and has plenty of green space for lounging. 355 Water St SE Washington, DC 20003
5. Heurich House
Heurich House also known as the Brewmaster’s Castle. This mansion in Dupont Circle is from the Gilded Age and much of its furniture and decor is authentic and original to the house. 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
6. The Franciscan Monastery
The Franciscan Monastery in Brookland is definitely one of the most peaceful hidden gems in the city. You can tour the impressive structure, wander around the gorgeous gardens and don’t miss the crypts hidden underneath of it! 1400 Quincy St NE Washington, DC 20017
7. Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection is a bit different from the huge art galleries around DC. The museum has a smaller collection therefore giving it a more cozy feeling. They often have rotating exhibits and feature art from some of the most famous artists including Matisse, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh. 1600 21st St NW Washington, DC 20009
8. Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt is a little urban island across the Potomac River in Arlington. It was built in homage to outdoorsmen President Teddy Roosevelt and has swampy marshlands and hidden trails. Arlington, VA 22216
9. Capitol Hill Books
Capitol Hill Book is a dream destination for book lovers. This quirky shop is packed ceiling to floor with books upon books upon books! 657 C St SE Washington, DC 20003
10. Union Market
Everyone needs to visit Union Market. It’s a massive warehouse-like food market that is packed with stalls of different artisans, chefs, restaurants and bakeries where you can enjoy everything from empanadas to gelato!
1309 5th St NE Washington, DC 20002
Have you been to any of these underrated attractions in DC? If you need a few more ideas,
here are 12 underrated places to take an out-of-towner!