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Your Guide to Visiting Washington DC Attractions

Washington D.C. is rich with history, monuments and culture and we want you to be able to see it all! Here is a list of many of the sites and attractions in D.C. and information on each of them, so that you can plan your itinerary with ease. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. We want to make your trip to D.C easy and memorable.

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Washington DC Colleges and Universities

Washington DC Comedy Clubs

  • Capitol Steps – They put the “mock” in Democracy. Political fresh Comedy every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
  • DC Improv – Comedy Club, Restaurant, bar and comedy school. This is a great venue that has hosted Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle and Brian Regan. Squeeze some fun into your #DCvacation
  • Comedy Zone DC – Venture towards Arlington on Friday or Saturday for a Windows over Washington

Washington DC Convention Hotels and Venues

Washington DC Courts

  • Supreme Court – The Supreme Court is composed of the Chief Justice of the United States, and Associate Justices. Court Officers assist in courtly functions. The Supreme Court is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to take a tour.

Washington DC Libraries

  • Library Of Congress – If you’re a book junkie, history wizard, or lover of all things hardcover, then visit the largest library in the world. With millions of items in its collection: books, tapes, manuscripts, recordings and photographs, it will be easy to get lost.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library – Located in the heart of Chinatown, this library is an important haven for the downtrodden and intellectually curious alike!

Washington DC Newspapers and Magazines

  • The Washington Diplomat – An audited organization that reaches all foreign embassies in the district, this newspaper has been around for more than 20 years.
  • The Washington Post – One of Washington DC’s daily newspapers.
  • Washington Times – Breaking news on politics, international affairs, and any democratic issues at hand, this is a one-stop-shop for your worldly news.
  • The Examiner – Local news, breaking news and political news happening in the district.
  • Washingtonian Magazine – Great coverage on the best of everything in Washington DC including the best restaurants and activities. If you’re a #DCsocialite, this is the magazine to be attached to.

Washington DC Shopping

  • Old Post Office Pavilion – Built in 1899, the Old Post Office’s clock tower offers great views and home of the Congress Bells.
  • Retale.com – is a free online and app-based resource for local shopping. Based on your location, you can view the newest deals and sales in weekly ads from your favorite retailers.
  • Postmates – Order in anything you’d like with this awesome on-demand app.
  • The Shops at Georgetown Park Mall – This shopping center moves along the heart of Georgetown. Whether your taste is eclectic, luxury, or fun trinkets, this Washington DC things to do has it all.
  • Macy’s – Who doesn’t love a good shopping spree here?
  • Mazza Gallery – High end shops such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store and more found at the Friendship Heights Red Line Stop.
  • The Shops at Wisconsin Place – Big store names mingle with family-run shops, make some time to stroll in and out of each.
  • Marshall’s Store – Great prices on designer items. Not only do they sell clothing near our Washington DC Inn, but they also carry household items.
  • The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City – Just a couple of miles from the Smithsonian museums and monuments, across the Potomac River at the Arlington, VA Pentagon City Metro Stop.
  • CityCenterDC – Right in the city there is this 10-acres oasis of retail and local living with high-end stores, the best restaurants, and local residents mixed in with visitors from all over the world.

Washington DC History & Museums

The hub of American history is right here in Washington D.C. with monuments and museums galore. The best way to see everything you want to is by renting a bike or taking the city by foot. The city is very walkable and easy to navigate. Here is a list of some of the must see places for your history exploration.

History in Washington DC

  • Historical Tour of the White House – This is an event that is open to anyone. But you must apply for tickets through your congressperson or embassy a few months in advance.
  • Woodley Park Historic District – Animals and restaurants. Have you seen the Woodley Park Zoo baby panda yet?
  • Dupont Circle/Kalorama District – Museums, Historical Homes, Private Galleries, and several restaurants.
  • Jewish Synagogue – A place of worship and reflection.
  • Lincoln’s Cottage – President Lincoln’s seasonal home from June – November 1862-64.
  • The Heurich Mansion – Brewmaster’s Castle, one of the few Washington DC Dupont Circle castles that reflects the grand nature of old DC.Tours are available.
  • Old Stone House – The oldest building in DC, and a staple to American living among those not wealthy, a great image of war-era architecture.
  • Tudor Place –  Completed in 1816, this is a great resource for olden-day architecture, and history.

Washington DC Museums

  • Air and Space Museum – For anyone that loves all things airplanes, this spot is the best way to get your aviation on. Plus, there is a cafeteria.
  • Museum of Natural History – Part of the Smithsonian institution, a great research exhibition and educational facility.
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum – A large collection of art and example of American creativity, this place is a collection of American art throughout history.
  • Museum of American History – The complexity of American history, this museum helps attendees understand the past and how it has impacted our history today.
  • Textile Museum – This museum expands public knowledge and appreciation of the artistic and cultural importance of textiles and is located a short walk from the American Guest House
  • Newseum – There’s always more to every story and you won’t want to leave this museum once you start excavating the stories so prepare to spend at least a few hours here. Tickets for adults ages 19 to 64 are $22.95 plus tax but on August 1st adult and senior tickets will be just $10 all weekend! Plus, kids 18 and younger may visit free through Labor Day!
  • Lincoln’s Cottage – President Lincoln’s seasonal home from June – November 1862-64.
  • National Building Museum – This museum is about architecture, engineering and design and offers free access to the Great Hall and historic building tours. There is a museum shop, cafe, and lots for children to do.
  • National Postal Museum – Served as a Washington, D.C. post office from 1914 through 1986.
  • U.S. Navy Museum – The vessel for historical naval artifacts. This museum is to inspire military personnel and the general public.
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Come see where the U.S. dollar is printed. Billions of Federal Reserve Notes are printed here every year.
  • Holocaust Museum – One of the most tragic events in history, the Holocaust preserves the tragedy of WWII in an incredible beautiful way.
  • Corcoran Art Museum – It opened in 1869, the oldest art museum in Washington, DC and a major center for American art.
  • Jewish Museum – The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and its Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum.
  • The Pentagon – Is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. It employs about 23,000 military and civilian employees and is the largest office building in the world.
  • Mount Vernon Estate – George Washington’s home for about 40 years – You will enjoy seeing how the First American President lived. Located about 14 miles south of American Guest House the estate can be accessed by an enjoyable bicycle ride or run via the Mount Vernon Trail.
  • Octagon Museum – The Octagon House, built between 1798 and 1800, was designed by Dr. William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol. Be sure to watch out for their resident ghost.
  • National Cathedral – Is the sixth largest in the world and is used for all sorts of national purposes, such as President Wilson’s funeral. Free tours are given to U.S. citizens if you ask your congressperson to arrange it for you. Beautiful stained glass windows make the observation deck on the 7th floor one of the best places for watching the city.
  • The Anderson House – A 50-room mansion built in 1905 and owned by Larz Anderson III born into one of Cincinnati’s most prominent families. It is now home to The Society of the Cincinnati, a vibrant community of fellowship and high purpose, dedicated to the memory of the heroes who secured the independence of the United States.
  • National Museum of African American History – For those who care about African American culture, this is a great place to reflect on all that it means to be an American.
  • Botanic Garden – Located on the National Mall between the Capitol and National Museum of the American Indian.  Here you can enjoy the beauty of exquisite orchids, fruit plants from all over the world and endangered species.  Very interesting place to visit.  Lots to see and learn. No food shop.  Free Admission.

Washington DC Paid Attractions and Activities

  • National Geographic– The real National Geographic, this place has a range of programs and exhibits to see.
  • Madame Tussauds – The best place to see famous wax figures.
  • Tidal Basin Paddle Boats – Take a break from touring and do some paddling, enjoy the Jefferson Memorial and the Cherry Blossoms from a water view on your own paddle boat.
  • Spy Museum – Become a detective in minutes. See some of the most famous crimes in history.
  • Museum of Crime & Punishment – Forensic science workshops, police simulator, plus consequences of crime–it has everything.
  • Newseum – Interactive and educational. Spare at least 3 hours to take it all in.
  • IFLY Loundon – Indoor Skydiving facility located in Ashburn, VA about 34.2 miles from our DC b&b.  Great place for celebrations and group meetings.

Washington DC Monuments

  • DC War Memorial – World War I took the lives of 116,516 Americans who died in defense of democracy overseas and 26,000 of those were local DC residents.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt – The monument is dedicated to one of America’s greatest presidents.
  • George Washington Monument– Dedicated to the First U.S. President. Awesome place to visit, fantastic view of the city, specially the White House, however it is not easy to get a tour ticket during the busy spring and summer months, but not impossible.
  • Lincoln Memorial – Dedicated to the 16th president of the United States whose calling was to end slavery in this country. This is also the site from where Martin Luther King delivered his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.
  • Martin Luther King Memorial – $114M of the $120M required to begin construction has been raised, site has been chosen and ground breaking ceremony happened in October 2011.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial –  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Historical Neighborhoods in Washington DC

  • Capitol Hill – The construction of the majestic Building started in 1793. The building was originally designed by a Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician living in the British West Indies, not an architect at all.
  • DuPont Circle – The home to beautiful houses and rich diversity.
  • Georgetown –  A fun place to shop. Georgetown is a nationally-designated historic district.
  • Kalorama– Has been home to presidents, senators, secretary of defense, embassy Row and ambassadors and much more.

Washington DC Parks

Washington DC Water Sports

  • Atlantic Kayak Company – offers kayak instructions, rentals and guided tours of Georgetown and Piscataway Creek, get a group together or take a private tour.
  • Potomac Paddle Sports – This kayak school offers lessons, trips, and skill clinics in the Potomac River and C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac River
  • Key Bridge Boathouse – Just across the street from Roosevelt Island you will find paddle boards, kayaks and canoes for rent.  Check out groupon and stroll down after a delicious lunch on M Street in Georgetown.

Washington DC Art Galleries

  • National Gallery of Arts – A special place for art lovers, plus free live music on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. Concerts feature opera music, choral, Afghan, and lots more. Presentations are done in the West Building (6th St. & Constitution Ave, NW entrance). Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 6pm. You cannot get in after 6:30pm.
  • The Phillips Collection – Modern Art, concerts, programs, events, and special exhibitions
only 10 minutes by foot from the American Guest House.
  • Corcoran – Gallery of American Art in the form of dance and sculpture.
  • Aaron Gallery – A contemporary art gallery, they’re committed to exposing the country’s finest artist.
  • Freer & Sackler Galleries – Asian Art at the Smithsonian.
  • National Portrait Gallery – A hall filled with influential people that have shaped America.
  • Marsha Mateyka Gallery –  A leading contemporary art gallery for paintings, sculptures, photography and art on paper.

Washington DC Theaters

Washington DC Musical Entertainment

Washington DC Movie Theaters

  • Uptown Theatre -A huge theater playing all the latest movies. Get noticed.
  • AMC Loews Georgetown 14 – Take a walk in georgetown and end the day with a movie at their local theater.
  • I-Max Theater – Fun films are featured here, like Star Trek and Dinosaurs Alive 3D.

Washington DC Public Transportation

  • Washington DC Metro/Bus planner – The best resource to plan out your public-transportation itinerary.
  • Metro/Subway – The only way to ride metro prepared.
  • Taxi Rates – Just a quick scan so you can anticipate cost.
  • Capital Bike Share – About $7 per 24 hours. Rent them off the metro bike racks, and return at the end of the day.
  • Bus 42/43 – Buses stop a few feet from this Washington DC Bed and Breakfast, every 5 to 10 minutes and also stops at DuPont Circle Subway Station, Adams Morgan, Farragut North station. Farragut West station. McPherson Sq station. Metro Center station, Gallery Pl-Chinatown station.
  • Bus H1 – Bus stops a few feet from the American Guest House and service these locations: rookland-CUA station, Columbia Heights station, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle station, Foggy Bottom-GWU station, Potomac Park/State Dept.
  • Bus Line X3 – Serves these locations: Minnesota Ave station, Benning Rd. N.E., Hechinger Mall, H St. N.E. (X1), Government Printing Office (X1), Federal Triangl(X1), Potomac Park/State Dept. (X1), Foggy Bottom-GWU station (X1),
    Gallaudet University (X3), New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U, station (X3), U St/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/, Cardozo station (X3), Reeves Center (X3),
    Adams Morgan (X3), Woodley Park-Zoo/, Adams Morgan station (X3),
    McLean Gardens (X3)

Washington DC Airports

  • Reagan National Airport (DCA) – This is the primary airport into DC. About 3 miles to the White House and Smithsonian museums and monuments, and just 5 miles to our Washington DC inn. After you arrive, you can taxi to your destination or take the local Metro.
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD) – A bit of a hike, this international airport has flights coming in from around the world. Twenty-six miles from DC, you can take a shuttle bus to the Silver Line.
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) – 32.3 miles to Washington DC. Ground transportation options are: taxi, mini van shuttles, sedan/limousines, train and bus/subway.

Washington DC Bus Service to Philadelphia & New York

  • MegaBus – Tickets as low as $1 from DC to New York and New York to DC. Free wifi service.
  • DC2NY – $30 one way/$60 round trip from DuPont Circle and Union Station to Penn Station in New York. Free Wi-Fi service, clean bathrooms.
  • Chinatown – $20 one way, $35 round trip. Washington DC to New York and New York to DC.
  • TripperBus -Serves the DC area and goes to NYC and back several times daily. This company is comfortable and fast.

Washington DC Tourist Itinerary

  • 1 Day Itinerary – Top pics on what to do in Washington DC with just one day. It’s not easy, but so worth it if you’re in a time crunch.
  • Bed, Breakfast, and Biking — Trails of all the best biking routes. Get out and enjoy some weather!

Washington DC Tours

  • Boomerang Tours – Thes best Washington DC party bus and party yacht.
  • CIA – This Museum helps showcase how this agency supports national security.
  • Capital Segway Tours – This is a great way to tour Washington DC but you must be at least 16 y.o.
  • Chocolate Tour in DuPont Circle – Do you love chocolate or perhaps wants to know how it is made, then this is the tour for you.
  • Cultural Tourism DC – List a broad range of activities and special events for all ages and interests.
  • DC By Foot – The name-your-price tour. You only pay what you feel the tour is worth.
  • DC Metro Food Tours – Food lovers be aware! Don’t eat before the tour, there will be plenty to eat as you tour the neighborhoods.
  • DC WalkAbout – Free, Tip-Based Capitol Hill Walking Tour – 10am-12pm Monday thru Friday.
  • Dinner Cruises – Get 3 hours of elegance and fine dinning with this tour. A bti of luxury goes a long way.
  • Dupont Circle Food Tour – Over 50 countries are represented in neighborhood.
  • FBI – No more tours until further notice, but there is a lot of great information about crime prevention awareness and Scams in general.
  • Ghost Tour – Search DC for local hauntings. This is the place to be on Halloween.
  • Hop-On Hop-Off – Open Top, Double Decker Bus –  Do you want to tour DC but only have a few hours or just in town for a day.  There is a stop at the Washington Hilton Hotel which is just a few feet away from the American Guest House. Get the most bang for your buck.
  • Monuments at Moonlight – This tour takes you to some of DC’s most popular monuments at night.
  • Old Town Trolley – Fully narrated tours that entertain and provide very interesting facts about Washington, DC and the United States history.
  • Tours and Ticket Prices – Long list of tours and price in Washington DC and surrounding areas.
  • Segway Tours – This is a fun way to visit DC. especially if you prefer not to walk.  They offer many types of tours and prices.
  • Tour the U. S. Capitol – Plan your visit and book a tour online – Watch senators debate and vote on pending legislation.
  • TV and Movie Sites Tour – Would you like to see the mall where No Way Out was filmed and much more, then this tour is for you.
  • White House Tours – The White House is only 1 mile to the American Guest House. For tours, if you are an American citizen please contact your congressman for tickets and if you are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.
  • Walk of the Town – This is a great way to see all the sites in Washington, DC via foot.

Special Events in DC

  • Annual Museum Walk Weekend –  June 4-5 2016 Off-the-Mall museums and their neighborhoods. This walkathon tradition has been in the works since 1983. Experience visual charm and historical surroundings.
  • Adams Morgan Day – is celebrated the 2nd Sunday of September around 18th Street. The festival will feature:  arts, multicultural specialty items, crafts, a variety of food and drink, Arts on Belmont, a Kids Fair, a youth basketball tournament at Marie Reed School, and two large music stages…
  • Capitol Steps – Making fun of politics is a revolving door of humor in Washington, come laugh along.
  • Cherry Blossoms –  Begins in March, watch the cherry blossoms open and decorate the Mall. It’s such a  special experience every year. Just be sure you time it right.
  • Concert at Pentagon Row – Every Thursday evenings from June – August from 7-9PM enjoy FREE summer concerts at Pentagon Row, where food, shops and music are all at your fingertips. From American Guest House take the metro at DuPont Circle and get off at the Pentagon City station.
  • Concert at Rock Creek Park – FREE concerts from June 15th thru September 1st
  • DC Filmfest – This is a yearly event and is loved by Washingtonian movie buffs. It features a large array of International Films and political comedies.
  • DC Restaurant Week – This happens twice a year in January and August, where top notch restaurants offer a prix-fixe 3 course meal for $35/person.
  • DC Environmental Film Festival – Another free event in DC, normally happening around September of each year.
  • Fourth of July – Find a seat on the National Mall to see the fireworks!
  • Francophonie Cultural Festival – Occurs annually March 1st thru April 13th – celebrates the diverse and rich French heritages, language, passions, music, and cuisine all here at the National Mall in Washington DC.
  • Marine Corps Marathon – October 27th, 2013 in Washington, DC – Voted the best marathon in the USA.
  • Martin Luther King Day – It is celebrated yearly on the 3rd Monday in January.
  • Memorial Day Concert – Beautiful live concert on the Capitol’s ground
  • Memorial Day Parade – Come out and watch this incredible show, you will be glad you did.  Many celebrities participate in the parade and it is a great way to honor our veterans and fallen angels. The parade starts on Constitution Ave and 7th Avenue and ends on 17th Street and Constitution Ave.
  • Memorial Day Rolling Thunder – This is an American tradition started in 1987 as a demonstration to bring awareness to Prisoner(s) of War (POW) and to those Missing In Action (MIA). Over 250,000 motorcycle riders participates in this yearly demonstration.
  • Nation’s Triathlon – 2016 registration is now open for this September 11th race. Train hard, because this one is bringing out the best.
  • National Book Festival – Sponsored by the Library of Congress, get your read on with famous authors. This is a superb place for kids to be.
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony -This really is a great treat for the whole family. Filled with great music and entertainment, this is a great way to start the Christmas season. It happens in early December so watch out for the date as tickets are required. (202) 208-1631.
  • National Shamrock Festival – A March event. The largest St Patty’s Day Festival on the East Coast, the National Shamrock Festival takes place at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds in Washington DC and will sham-rock your day
  • National Marathon – Washington DC’s yearly Marathon in the cherry blossomed month of March.
  • New Year’s Celebrations – Washington, DC is a party town, get a ticket to the all-inclusive celebration across the street at the Washington Hilton.
  • National Capital Barbecue Battle – Now on its 24th year, this is the battle of the big-n-tasty. Celebrate the art of cooking and the joy of eating. This is a premier bbq event to attend.
  • Pink Tie Party– The social event of the spring. It’s to bring in the Cherry Blossom Festival and just have a good time. Come get some delicious cuisine while dressed in fancy pink. #Cherryblossom2016
  • President’s Day – Celebrated since 1971 on the 3rd Monday of February this holiday brings many festivities throughout the Washington DC and Virginia.
  • Presidential Elections – Every 4 years in November.  Who will be our next president?
  • Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Marathon: A 26.2-mile journey takes runners along the National Mall and past DC’s historic monuments.
  • Saint Patrick’s Day – It’s Green and fun for the whole family.
  • U.S. Navy Band – Free concerts in DC.  Take a look at their calendar of events.
  • Washington Auto Show – Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, all the new models are showcased here, ranging from Ferrari to Hyundai.
  • Washington DC Calendar – Check out this calendar for there are plenty of reasons to visit Washington DC anytime of year. Find your reason for taking a Washington DC Vacation today!
  • White House Easter Egg Roll – Yearly event taking place in April on the White House grounds where more than 35,000 people gather on the South Lawn to join in the Easter celebrations. It’s a day of fun activities for children normally hosted by the president and the first family. Watch out for the lottery date.
  • White House Spring Garden Tour – It normally happens at the beginning of April – We will keep you updated.
  • Women Suffrage Parade – In 1913 Inez Milholland and 5000 other activists marched down Pennsylvania Avenue for women’s right to vote and to run for office.495-2266

Washington DC Area Restaurants & Coffee Shops

See Map of nearby restaurants

Italian

  • Sette Osteria Classic Italian food. Homemade noodles and rich authentic sauces. Ample outside seating is available in warmer weather. This is a great selection for larger families. A bread basket is served at every table. Their calamari appetizer has a wonderful crunch. Dessert favorite is the molten chocolate cake. The dress code is casual, though this is an excellent date spot for it’s people watching. Zone controlled parking is available though limited. Six-minute walk from AGH. $$
  • Floriana One of the oldest Italian restaurants situated near 17th street, menus are updated according to the season. Spinach salad with pancetta and pickled shallots are crowd favorites. They offer bottomless mimosas for brunch. The lower floor is the bar, and the top floor is the dining room, with the unique row house living room intimacy.  Parking is not available,but they’re situated just blocks from the Dupont Circle metro, and a 12-minute walk from our b&b.  If you are looking to impress a date and set the tone with romantic ambiance, this is the place to go. $$
  • Buca di Beppo  Meals are meant to be served family-style. This restaurant can host larger parties–perfect for family reunions and Washington Hilton DC conference outings. Buca small serves 2-3 people; Buca large serves up to 5. Enjoy dishes like chicken inferno, salmon sorrento, and baked ziti. Come dressed in Saturday jeans or date-night heels. Just blocks from our Washington DC hotel, this is a prime option for our guests. $
  • La Tomate Bistro Only about a 10 minute walk down Connecticut, this Italian restaurant and adjoining cafe, has both delicious food and heartwarming ambiance.  With large bay windows and an outside patio, you can people watch as you enjoy nice wine and charcuterie platters before a traditional Italian entree.  $$
  • Al Tiramisu A cozy Italian restaurant that specializes in authenticity and freshness. The award-winning Chef Luigi is known for his flavor-filled dishes including, ricotta gnocchi, homemade pastas and grilled lamb chops. It is located only 10 minutes walking distance away on P street. Valet parking is provided every night from 6pm-10pm. $$$
  • Filomena Ristorante Georgetown is home to one of the best Italian restaurants with delicious and unique Italian entrees. Some of their dinner specials include a veal and mushroom cannelloni and a housemade seafood fettuccine. The restaurant is a 30 minute walk from our inn. $$

Mexican

  • Lauriol Plaza Mexican, tex-mex cuisineNear Washington Hilton. Great for large groups and dates. Fun, upbeat atmosphere. Outdoor seating plus rooftop terraces. Free chips and salsa. Can be up to a 45-minute wait in the summer. Parking available. Wheelchair ECV accessible . Top 7 Mexican restaurant in DC. Brunch, served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. A 7-minute walk from AGH. $
  • Rosa Mexicano Award-winning Mexican dishes. Vegetarian-, and gluten-free meals available. Private event spaces. Next to the Verizon Center. Tequila bar. Diner’s Choice Award winner. No parking available. Children’s menu. Casual to business casual attire. Great place for out-of-town groups. A 10-minute Uber ride from AGH.  Make sure to try the fresh made guacamole and the pitcher of margaritas. $$
  • El Chucho – Cocina Superior  Taco go-to place. Famous grilled street corn. Intimate-casual setting. Great for a date or girl’s night out. Upstairs with outdoor seating. Service can be slow on the weekends. Reasonably priced. Open-faced authentic tacos are small, so order plenty. No reservations taken. Street parking available.  If you feel like walking off the tacos, you will back in 30 minutes.  Hipster attire encouraged. This place can be loud, so not the best choice for kids. Open until 2:00 a.m. A 10-minute Uber ride from AGH. $
  • Taqueria Nacional  Located about a mile away on T Street NW, this is the perfect place to stop on the way towards a night out on U Street!  A very casual and authentic taqueria, it can accommodate groups and has a large outdoor area with a roaring fire pit.  $
  • Mission Dupont A stylish Mexican restaurant in Dupont Circle and is only an 8 minute walk from us. Mission includes large bar areas as well as a beautiful outdoor patio. They offer daily happy hour specials from 5-7pm including nachos and sangria. $$

American

  • STK   Modern steakhouse. DJ music. Kobe beef, seafood, tuna tartare, truffle fries. Next to the South entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro, about a 15-minute walk. Upscale attire. Athletic wear is not permitted. Packages available for private events. Reservations accepted. Valet/garage parking. Service can be slow on weekends because of busy crowds. Trendy ambiance. A 12-minute walk from AGH. $$$
  • Mintwood 100 very best restaurants of 2015 — as voted by Washingtonian Magazine’s. American French cuisine by Executive Chef Cedric Maupillier. Expanded happy hour menu with $5 refreshers. Chic and modern decor. Dressier vibe. Garage street parking. Reservations taken. Perfect for special occasions. Menu changes according to what’s in season. A 7-minute walk from AGH. $$
  • Scion Restaurant  Contemporary American Cuisine. Diner’s Choice 2015. Family-run restaurant. A wide variety of meat, seafood, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes. Reservations accepted. Casual attire. Known for their craft beer and burgers. Great for private dining. Street parking. Very busy on weekend brunch. Perfect spot to catch up with friends. A 10-15 minute walk from AGH.$
  • Teddy and the Bully Bar  Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, simple food, including steaks, fried chicken and house-made cornbread. Most ingredients are sourced from local farms. Interior design reflects the late President’s taste. In real life,Theodore Roosevelt lived directly across the street from the restaurant’s location at 1200 19th Street, NW. Perfect venue for wedding rehearsal dinners. Classy atmosphere. Dressy attire encouraged. Parking can be very difficult. A 5-minute Uber ride from AGH. $$
  • Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab Highly rated by TripAdvisor. This restaurant can accommodate intimate gatherings and large parties–up to 150 people. Joe’s is located 1.8 miles from our DC inn. The attire is business casual to dressy. Valet parking is available. They offer gluten free and children’s menus. A 15-20 Uber ride from AGH. $$
  • Rose’s Luxury Located on Capitol Hill, a small restaurant with a long wait. Eclectic new American tapas. A converted town house with an upstairs lounge. They serve creative dishes like strawberry-balsamic-black pepper spaghetti .  Casual attire and a trendy atmosphere.  No reservations taken. Street parking. Won “best new restaurant of 2014 award” from Bon Appetite. Service is highly rated. Perfect for two people. A 15-minute Uber ride from AGH. $$$
  • Bareburger Near Dupont Circle Metro, burgers that are pesticide free, and from pasture raised cows, without GMO, and they participate in fair trade. Menu options also include salad options and veggies burgers. Very kid friendly. Quick, sit-down service, or order online. Street parking only. A 10-minute walk from AGH. $
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House —  Steak and Seafood just 5 minutes walk away from our DC bed and breakfast.   $$$
  • The Diner A casual restaurant in Adams Morgan that’s open 24/7. They have great burgers, sandwiches and eggs benedict. They are only about a 7 minute walk away. $
  • DC Harvest –  Serving a seasonal menu highlighting a healthy approach to upscale dining. Utilizing products from local farms and vendors. 3.5 miles away, about 20 minutes by taxi.  $$

French

  • Bistrot Du Coin  One of the most popular French establishments in DC. Large wine list including sweet French wine. Multiple starter options available. Special menus for holidays. Street parking can be difficult to find. Dress is casual, but they get very busy in the evenings.  A 7-minute walk from AGH. $$$
  • Le Diplomate  A romantic restaurant and perfect for date night. A French cafe culture. Classic favorites including Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Frites and Escargots. Beautiful outdoor cafe in warmer weather. Known for their seafood and steak. Family friendly. Reservations recommended. Dress is business casual to cocktail.  Valet parking available. A 8-minute Uber ride or 25-minute walk from AGH. $$$
  • Marcel’s  Near the Kennedy Center, perfect for pre-theater meals. Chef Robert Weidmaier practices classic, whole animal butchery. Three course pre-theater menu for $70 per person until 6:30PM. Executive car services to and from the Kennedy Center is included. Menu items change daily. Cocktail dress code. This is a sleek restaurant with dining room and lounge. Plan for at least two hours. A 15-minute Uber ride from AGH.  $$$
  • Cafe Dupont  Locally sourced organic French cuisine. In the heart of Dupont Circle. They’re known for their American-French cuisine  Only a 10-minute walk down Connecticut. $$
  • Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar This restaurant is a 10 minute drive away in upper Georgetown and has been serving since 1995. Their traditional skills and Tiffany lamp have made them spread by word-of-mouth. The wine bar is located on the second floor. $$
  • la Madeleine Country French Café Though it’s a metro ride away from our Washington DC vacation, this country cafe is reasonably priced. Espresso & fresh-baked baguettes give it that quant smell no tourist can resists.  If public transportation isn’t your cup of tea, grab a 20-minute cab or uber. $
Japanese
  • Sakana Japanese Restaurant Cozy, low-key establishment with traditional Japanese meals and hand-rolled sushi. Try their tofu rice bowl or Kochab squash.  10 minute walk down the lively Connecticut Ave.  Seaweed salad is a great complimentary addition to their tuna sushi with cucumber. $
  • Hana Japanese Market Your favorite neighborhood market at just a 10-minute walk from our Washington DC last minute hotel deal. Offering traditional Japanese staples, they also carry fresh vegetables and frozen meals. But their to-go sushi is rumored to be a DC favorite. $
  • Sushi Taro Japanese One of the city’s finest Japanese restaurants, they have top-quality sushi and an established reputation. Sample their tasting menu at the bar. Though it’s located outside of Dupont Circle, the taste makes the walk worth it.  Grab a cab and be there in 5-minutes. $$$
  • Donburi In the heart of Adams Morgan, just a 5-minute walk from us, is this establishment serving authentic rice bowls. It’s got a dive feel, but a Facebook following that reaches the sky. $

Irish 

  • James Hoban’s Irish Bar & Restaurant Irish sports bar and restaurant. Perfect for happy hour, or an afternoon bite. Great spot to watch European football games on. Famous for their potato wedges and traditional meals. Right off Dupont Circle Metro. $$
  • Blaguard The Blaguard is a Neighborhood bar and restaurant conveniently located near 18th street. Excellents brunch, and dinner. 20 beers on tap or the 8 TVs. Private parties welcome. Street parking available. $$
  • Fado Irish Pub A relaxed place for pub fare, draft beer and late-night snacks, plus live music and trivia nights. This establishment is better for adults. Gluten-free options not available. Casual dress. a 20-minute walk from AGH. Meter parking available. $

Asian

  • Thaiphoon After a long day at a conference, the last thing you want to do is venture far for good food.  Thaiphoon is just around the corner and has some of the best pad thai in town.  Grab a quiet corner or bring it back to the B&B for dinner at our table. $
  • Little Serow This family run restaurant that has some of the finest Thai food in town.  At a prix-fixe of $49 for dinner, you get a variety of flavors and dishes that can’t be beat.  Only 15 minutes from the B&B, you will have just enough time to walk it off. $$
  • Mandu Upscale Korean BBQ is all the rage here in the Nation’s capitol, less than a 10-minute walk from the guest house!  Mandu has been at the forefront of sweet sauces and homestyle Korean dishes,  Try some of the tasty appetizers before delving into your main course. $$
  • Asia 54 Asian fusion done the DC way. Yellowtail Sashimi, coconut shrimp tempura, tuna tataki and more makes this joint a cheap-eats powerstar. Near the Dupont Circle Metro, you can order online and walk 12-minutes to pick it up or ask for delivery. $
  • Regent Thai Cuisine Though new to the neighborhood, and just a 10-minute walk from us, they blend old-fashioned thai classics with modern techniques. Their dishes are presented with beautiful presentation that doesn’t compromise taste. $$
  • Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant and Sushi Bar This Asian restaurant offers a wide variety of cuisine with dishes from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is a casual atmosphere, but a great setting for all occasions. It is only a 4 minute walk away.

Latin

  • Rumba Cafe Latin-American food, with great music and art to add for an intimate atmosphere. They offer a lounge/eatery with a patio. Great place to take a romantic date, with many selections for those that like alternative cuisine. Street parking. Cab ride from AGH. $

Greek

  • Mourayo – Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean — Dupont Circle – 5 minutes walk — 0.3 miles — $$
  • Zorba’s Cafe An authentic Greek restaurant in Dupont Circle, only about 7 minutes walking distance away. They offer classic Greek dishes such as souvlaki, mousaka, shish kebab and pastitsio. They are consistently a top-rated DC restaurant. $$

Happy Hour

  • Monday – Alero has $4 Margaritas and $4 Appetizers from 3:30 – 7 pm.
  • Tuesday – The Big Hunt doles out $3 Draft Beers from 3 – 7 pm.
  • Wednesday – Rent a game at the Board Room with $4 wine from 4 – 7pm.
  • Thursday – Head to the Gryphon for half off the raw bar from 4 – 7pm.
  • Friday – Start the weekend right at Rebellion with a $5 rail drink from 4 – 7pm.

Quick Eats/Sandwich Shops & Salads

  • Sweetgreen Counter-serve chain salad shop. Fresh ingredients that rotate seasonally. Partners with local farmers within the DC area. Create your own salad, or select one off their menu. Bread is included with every order. Eat there, or take your salad to go. Prices range from $8-$15 (depending on what you add).   A ten minute walk from AGH.  They source from partners and growers they know and trust, letting their farming dictate their menu  — Open Mon – Sun, Close 10 pm.  $
  • The Burger Joint  A gourmet burger restaurant. Burgers are cooked over-flame style. Bread for buns is sourced from local bakeries. They also have originals like ahi-tuna burger, and a house-made veggie burger. Orders are taken at the register, and seating is available for those that want to stay. Gluten-free options are available. A ten minute walk from our DC Inn. $
  • Bethesda Bagels – Where you can get the best handcrafted artisan bagels and sandwiches. Perfect for breakfast. 6 minute walk from this DC B&B. $
  • Flippin Pizza Hand-tossed pizza. Calzones, pies, salads, drinks, dessert. Gluten-free options available. Create your own pizza, or order off the menu. Delivery, carry out, and dine in all available. Clean and fresh eating. Great bite for families wanting to order in. A 6 minute walk from AGH. $
  • DC Grill Express – Burgers, burritos, omelets, sandwiches, burgers, salads, entrees.  Adams Morgan, less than 10 minutes walk from our DC bed and breakfast. Hours: 11 am to 10 pm.  Closed on Sundays — $
  • So’s Your Mom – Delis, Specialty Food, Sandwiches, Bagels –  Its open 7am to 8 pm except it opens at 7am and closes at 7 pm on Saturday & Sundays — $
  • WE, THE PIZZA — they’ve great pizza in DC, and it’s worth the walk to Capitol Hill. Pizza available by slice or whole pies. Salads, wings, and other sides also served. Famous politicians have been known to frequent this spot. They offer party packages, and lunch specials. Parking is very difficult to find. A 15-minute cab from AGH — $
Coffee Shops near our DC Bed and Breakfast
  • The Coffee Bar – If you are willing to venture a little bit farther South for your morning cup of joe, the ambiance, coffee and muffin will surely be worth it.  Located in the Shaw neighborhood, it is known as a top spot for locals working on the next great American novel.
  • Filter CoffeeHouse and Espresso Bar As one of the only coffee places in the D.C. that offers free wifi on the weekends, Filter is known for unique brews and it’s quaint and cozy spot in Dupont.
  • Tryst CoffeeHouse – Bar – Lounge In the heart of 18th Street, less than 10 minutes down Columbia Road, this local hang out draws out coffee lovers, book worms, and musicians alike. 8 minute walk down Columbia Rd.  Free wifi is available Monday-Friday only and breakfast is served all day!  For those who are driving over, try one of the side streets behind 18th Street on the weekend for free parking.
  • Starbucks – There are a few about 10 minutes walk away.  Close 10PM
  • Dolcezza Whether you are looking for an artistic cappuccino or a gelato filled night cap, this quaint and cozy shop has something for you.  People line the window with their espresso and freshly brewed coffee in the morning, outfitted with wifi just about a block before the Dupont Circle metro, 7 min walk from the guest house.  Great for a quick meeting spot, but too small to bring a large group.  No parking.