In honor of the fantastic 30+ day stay deals we've got going on in our nation's capital, we've curated a list of things to see, do, and taste in Washington D.C
Four whole weeks in The Capital means plenty of time to soak in the rich history of the US of A, taste the cuisine of our diverse nation, and hit up some local entertainment that simply can't be beat. Ready to rock? Let's go.
And just as a reminder, our rates for 30-plus day stays in Washington, D.C. are as low as $125 per night for a 1-bedroom travel apartment.
Week 1: History in Washington, D.C.
1. Start at the beginning...of our nation. Nothing screams "Washington D.C." quite like the historic monuments of our nation, so it's best to start your stay in Washington, D.C. here. Ride the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument, and pose with Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. Admire the portraits of former presidents in the National Portrait Gallery, or the original Star-Spangled Banner flag in the National Museum of American History.
2. See the government in action. Once you've fully explored the monuments of our government, head to Capitol Hill and see our current government in action. Sit in on a Supreme Court ruling, and take tours of the US Capitol (best known for its impressive, 180(ish)-foot dome) and the Library of Congress. And of course, don't forget to pass by the White House.
3. Pay respects to heroes. Now is a great time to honor the sacrifices of American heroes. Salute fallen soldiers at nearby sites like the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Read the full "I Have a Dream" speech at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and celebrate the history of First Nations people at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Week 2: Arts & Culture
- Explore the museums. Museums in Washington, D.C. are a dime a dozen (the Smithsonian Institution alone includes 17 museums), and each one is its own special gem. There are the bucket list items, of course: The Air & Space Museum, The American Art Museum, and The Natural History Museum. Save room on your list for a trip to the Newseum, documenting the history of journalism and free speech. And don't miss a walk through the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the whole world dedicated to exhibiting the work of women artists.
- See a show. D.C. is a melting pot of creative individuals and performers, and you can't come to D.C. without seeing a live show of some kind. That could be a live taping of your favorite podcast, a pre-Broadway smash, or your favorite band. Save a few bucks by catching a free show at the Kennedy Center, or enjoying one of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual Free for All series.
- Enjoy an event. Need a night out on the town? Try a local event – from beer and wine to a race featuring drag-queen runners in high heels.
Week 3: The Culinary Scene in Washington, D.C.
- Breakfast. A visiting foodie's day should start at Ted's Bulletin, which makes homemade PopTarts. And for donuts and fried chicken (yes, you heard it right), Astro's is your ticket.
- Lunch. Grab a wood-stove pie at Stellina Pizzeria, or a bagel sandwich at the "Jew-ish" deli delightfully dubbed Call Your Mother.
- Dinner. Dinner is an affair here in D.C., and with so many Michelin Star winners about, you're always in for something delicious. Try Estuary for Maryland seafood specials, or Kith/Kin for West African/Caribbean cuisine, and Anju for Korean-inspired eats.
- Cocktails. Don't skip on the bevies. If you like feeling in the know, visit Left Door, an intimate, no-frills establishment behind a boisterous beer garden. In the mood for a frisky speakeasy? Head to Denson Liquor Bar.
Week 4: Get Outside
- Enjoy a walk through history. Some of D.C.'s best historical sites also include lovely manicured grounds perfect for strolling. Put on your walking shoes if you'd prefer to wander the National Mall on foot, particularly in spring (when the cherries bloom) and fall (when the leaves turn). The National Arboretum is a quieter spot for a stroll on the northeast side of town, where you can admire the Corinthian Columns that once supported the U.S. Capitol.
- Take a walk on D.C.'s wild side. A visit to the National Zoo during the day is awesome enough (two words: Giant. Pandas), but wait 'til you visit at night! The zoo also offers fun after-hours events like the Night of the Living Zoo, BrewZoo, and Zoo Lights.
- Head to the waterfront. There's quite a bit of water in D.C., perfect for SUP boarding, kayaking, boat tours, and walks (or jogs, or bike rides, or rollerblades…) along the winding paths.
There you have it – some terrific opportunities for amusement and edification while you’re in the nation’s capital for a month or more. And if you’re looking for some wonderful long-term housing in Washington, D.C., keep us in mind.