Travel with ABD: A Guide to Washington D.C.!

I'm a bit of a nomad, having been born in Colorado followed by living abroad for a time. However, many of my formative years were spent in the greater Washington D.C. area and I absolutely love returning for weekend visits to see childhood friends. Since I don't get to spend much more than a weekend visiting the capital these days, I made a quick guide for the must do items when you're only passing through! 

STAY //

W Washington DC Conveniently located just off the Mall, this posh property is nothing short of amazing. The Smithsonian Institute and the White House are both in close proximity! 

Hay-Adams Hotel Known for its iconic rooftop view of the Lincoln Memorial, this historic property is a DC area staple for lodging and events alike. 

Image: Barnes Vanze

Image: Barnes Vanze

SHOP //

M Street // Georgetown This bustling shopping district has amazing store inside a old buildings with stunning architecture! All SaintsAnthropologie, and Rent the Runway all have outposts along M Street. If you need a pick me up after all your shopping check out the original Georgetown Cupcake, or local favorite Baked & Wired

Politics & Prose My older sister is a serious bookworm so I've tagged along on many a visits to this DC area staple! Sidenote: Their cafe has an amazing London Fog Latté! 

Image: Washingtonian

EAT // 

Union Market A curated collection of artisan food shops, Union Market is a great destination with so much to offer.  

Sweetgreen I know this is a chain with outposts in other cities, such as NYC and LA, however, I will proudly boast that Sweetgreen has it roots in the DC area! A lunch time staple during high school and beyond, I absolutely love their artisan salads, fresh bread, and tart frozen yogurt! 

Busboys & Poets A restaurant, theater, and bookstore, this establishment has a lot to offer. Their vegetarian selections are extensive and delicious as well! 

 
Image: Smithsonian Institute

Image: Smithsonian Institute

VISIT //

There is certainly no shortage of amazing, and mostly free, museums in the D.C. area. Having visited most the Smithsonian's multiple times I can say with certainty that all of them are worth you time. However, with a shorter amount of dispensable time, there are a few that are musts! 

National Gallery of Art

Hirshhorn Musuem & Sculpture Garden

National Portrait Gallery Located in Chinatown, across from the Verizon Center, this is the perfect place to spend the day before catching a concert or sporting event in the evening! 

Next on my list to visit the recently opened African American History Museum


If you're looking for even more ideas I love these other DC guides from The Everygirl and EcoCult! Enjoy visiting the nation's capital!