What do all these places have in common? Well, they are key areas that come up when you do a search on what to do in Washington and surrounding area. For example:
Arlington~ Arlington is right across the river from the Tidal Basin. It is part of the original “ten miles square” which the US Constitution dedicated as Washington DC, the nation’s capital. Key things to see in Arlington are the Pentagon and the National Cemetery.
Alexandria~ If you’re after old-world charm, Old Town Alexandria is a good bet. From cobblestone streets to historic buildings to quaint shops and very good bars and restaurants, it offers a slightly less frantic (and often less expensive) alternative to Georgetown.
George Town~Georgetown is famous as a favorite of Washington’s DC’s dinner-party set. It’s a neighborhood with historic row houses, many shopping options, and many excellent dining options. D.C.’s most historic neighborhood, and one of its most trendy, is home to the fabled “Washington Elite,” the city’s première upmarket dining scene, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, tons of sports bars, upscale and boutique shopping, bucolic Dumbarton Oaks, and Georgetown University.
Foggy Bottom~Foggy Bottom’s location is pretty much ideal for walking to the cherry blossoms and the rest of the National Mall area. It’s a buzzing neighborhood with a mix of residential and work blocks. There’s a lot going on around this area with George Washington University, the State Department, and a bunch of other government departments based in the area.
Dupont Circle~probably the number one contender for D.C.’s trendiest neighborhood, Dupont Circle has tons of restaurants, nightclubs, popular watering holes, shopping, most of Embassy Row along Massachusetts Ave AND this is the area we chose to stay.
So…LOTS to see and do in the few short days we are in the area. How do we see it? Even an overview… Well, we do the Hop on Hop off bus tour!! We like to do this in many cities as you’ve seen before in posts. We got a good rate for 48hours which means two days to do this and given the fact that DC is CrAzY for traffic and finding areas to park, especially during Cherry Blossom Festival, we thought it was a good idea. The last two days have been cool too so it was nice to be able to get inside the bus and just ride to warm up.