About Washington DC

Washington DC, also known as The District, is the capital of the United States and is not part of any state. It's situated between Northern Virginia and Maryland, right on the Potomac River. March is a wonderful time of year to visit DC, with weather in the 50s and 60s and backing up to the Cherry Blossom Festival as the colorful trees begin to bloom.


 



The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel is only a couple blocks from the Smithsonian National Zoo, which, like all Smithsonian musuems is free to the public. The hotel is also just across the Rock Creek Parkway bridge from the top of Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan, two popular areas for dining, night life, reading a book or getting a coffee.

 



Some other notable Washington DC landmarks and attractions:

  • The Smithsonian Museums including the Natural History Museum and Air & Space Museum
  • Washington Monument, US Capitol, White House
  • Dupont Circle
  • Georgetown
  • The Victorian, hip, U street corridor


Washington DC is a little city with a lot to offer: history, spectacular views, amazing walking tours, outdoor events, sightseeing, dining and nightlife. Here are some resources to help you fill your free time:

DC Resources for SAHM Members


The Best of Washington, DC 2018 [CityPaper]
https://local.washingtoncitypaper.com/publication/best-of-dc/2018
 

General travel guides
https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/washington-dc
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/washington-dc
 

Things to Do
https://washington.org/things-do-washington-dc
https://washington.org/find-dc-listings/free-attractions
https://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/washington-dc
https://washington.org/visit-dc/free-things-to-do-off-the-beaten-path
 

Restaurants
https://www.thrillist.com/eat/washington-dc/best-restaurants-washington-dc
https://dc.eater.com/maps/dc-best-restaurants-38
https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/09/13/here-are-the-2019-michelin-star-restaurants-for-dc/​
https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/08/23/cheap-eats-around-washington-dc/
 

Restaurants Near Venue [Open Table]
https://www.opentable.com/landmark/restaurants-near-washington-marriott-wardman-park
 

National Mall​​
https://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm
 

​Inspiring/Beautiful Memorials

Walk or ride a bike around the Memorial Park
https://washington.org/visit-dc/must-see-memorials-monuments-national-mall​

Capital Bikeshare
https://www.capitalbikeshare.com
 

Mall Favorites

National Museum of African American History and Culture ​
https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/passes

**Same day passes available at 6:30AM each day [Narrow window. Same-day tickets within 30 min]

Tickets can also be secured in advance. 

National Portrait Gallery
https://npg.si.edu/visit

National Museum of Natural History
https://naturalhistory.si.edu

National Museum of Indian American Heritage
https://americanindian.si.edu

Botanic Gardens. [Lovely restaurant--nice place to take a break when touring the mall]
https://www.usbg.gov/national-garden

Newseum
http://www.newseum.org/visit/
 

Entertainment

The Kennedy Center​
http://www.kennedy-center.org

National Theatre
http://thenationaldc.org

Arena Stage
https://www.arenastage.org

Ford's Theatre
https://www.fords.org

Blues Alley
http://www.bluesalley.com

Howard Theatre​
http://thehowardtheatre.com

9:30Club
https://www.930.com​

Comedy Clubs
https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=comedyclubs&find_loc=Washington%2C+DC
 

Neighborhood breakdowns
https://www.wheretraveler.com/washington-dc/advice/newly-hip-dc-neighborhoods-you-shouldn-t-miss
 

Top Apps to Have When Travelling to DC

1. Metro apps - for using the Metro

DC Metro

https://www.wmata.com/schedules/trip-planner/

MetroHero

https://dcmetrohero.com/​  [Runs without downloading an App] ​

2. Rail hailing apps - for hiring a ride Lyft or Uber

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android&hl=en

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lyft/id529379082?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab&hl=en

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uber/id368677368?mt=8

3. Smithsonian Mobile - for exploring museums 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.si.sim3&hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smith...

4. Finding Places to Eat

Yelp
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yelp.android&hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yelp/id284910350?mt=8.

D.C.'s Michelin-Rated Restaurants -
https://dc.eater.com/maps/mapping-d-c-s-michelin-rated-restaurants

5. Citymapper
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citymapper.app.release&hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/citymapper-the-ultimate-transit-app/id469463298?mt=8

6. NPS National Mall - for exploring the Mall
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nps.nama&hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nps-national-mall/id447866739?mt=8

 

Regional Excursions

Explore Region
https://blog.ihg.com/within-an-hour-of-washington-d-c

Explore Northern Virgina
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g8132648-Activities-Northern_Virginia_Virginia.html

Explore Central Maryland
https://www.visitmaryland.org/places-to-go/central-maryland