Washington DC Itinerary: 4 Days in the Nation’s Capital

Washington DC Itinerary: 4 Days of Exploration

Dreaming of the perfect spring getaway to celebrate warmer weather? This Washington DC Itinerary for 4 days in the Nation’s Capital will have you packing your bags in no time. Imagine pink cherry blossom petals blowing in the wind against the backdrop of the Jefferson Memorial. How about a stroll down the National Mall to admire significant historical landmarks and Smithsonian museums? These springtime activities are popular among locals and visitors alike on a warm and sunny day. However, it’s not just the bloom of the popular cherry blossom trees that entice millions of tourists to travel to the Nation’s Capital each year.

From historical tours of century-old landmarks and stunning gardens, Washington Monument, DC is a great place to visit during the spring season. Read below for the ultimate Washington DC 4 day itinerary to help you plan your next adventure in the Nation’s capital. (Bonus: activities are divided by neighborhood, and many of them are free to visit)!

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The Best Ways to Get to Washington DC

Getting to Washington DC is a breeze with multiple major airports catering to travelers from all over the world. If you’re aiming for convenience and accessibility, fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Situated just a stone’s throw away from downtown DC, it offers easy access to the city’s attractions. DC is also within driving distance from cities like Philadelphia (2.5 hours), and New York City (4.5 hours).

If you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly options, consider flying into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Although slightly farther out, both IAD and BWI often offer cheaper flight deals and are well-connected to DC via train or shuttle services. Keep an eye out for flight deals on various booking platforms like Expedia, Skyscanner, or Kayak to snag the best fares for your spring getaway to the nation’s capital.

Where to Stay During 4 Days in Washington DC

When it comes to finding the perfect place to rest your head, the DC offers many hotel options to suit every traveler’s preferences and budget! From upscale luxury hotels to cozy mid-range accommodations, DC really has it all. Read below for my personal recommendations!

Luxury Option: Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown

If you want to live in the lap of luxury for a few days, look no further than the Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown. Nestled in the historic Georgetown neighborhood, this hotel is the definition of sophistication and charm. With elegantly appointed rooms and suites, plush bedding and modern amenities treat guests to a truly unique experience. The Fairmont offers an array of other amenities including a serene courtyard garden, a fitness center, and a luxe spa to unwind after a day of exploring. Its prime location allows easy access to iconic landmarks such as the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the National Mall.

Mid Range Option: YOTEL Washington DC

If affordable yet modern accommodation is more your style, the YOTEL Washington DC is the best place to book a room. Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Capitol Riverfront, this hotel offers simple yet efficient accommodations for the modern traveler. You can enjoy compact yet cozy cabins equipped with smart technology to ensure a comfortable stay without breaking the bank. 

My favorite amenity at the hotel is perhaps the rooftop terrace that offers amazing views of the city skyline. It’s the perfect way to unwind with a cocktail after a day of sightseeing. YOTEL DC is also situated near the Capitol Building, Nationals Park, and the up and coming Navy Yard neighborhood. YOTEL Washington DC provides easy access to some of DC’s most popular attractions, making it an ideal base for exploring the city. (Disclosure: I was hosted at the YOTEL DC property for three nights in October of 2020).

Day 1: Explore the National Mall (Southeast DC)

A walk down the iconic National Mall is a must when visiting Washington D.C. It’s also the best way to spend the first day of your 4 days in the city! I used to live on Capitol Hill and within walking distance of all of these sites below. However, you can also enjoy them over a short period of time if you plan it right (which I will help you with below!)

It’s a great way to admire the city’s rich history, as well as all of the national monuments and Smithsonian Museums. The best way to get to the National Mall is to take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian Metro Station. From there, you can easily walk the length of the mall starting at the U.S. Capitol Building and working your way down. 

The opening times for the Smithsonian Museums vary, but are usually between 8:30AM and 10AM. However, the open-air monuments are open 24 hours, so you could visit them as early as needed and still have enough time to fit most other sights into your day. 

Continue reading below for some helpful tips and personal recommendations to have the best time on the National Mall!

Take a Tour of the Capitol Building during your 4 Days in Washington DC

It’s not a trip to D.C. without a tour of the United States Capitol Building. In order to tour the U.S. Capitol, it’s recommended that you register in advance for security and safety reasons. Same day tickets may be available on occasion. Nevertheless, it’s best to either book a tour online, or request a tour through one of your local members of Congress. This can be done no more than 90 days prior to your visit, and no less than 21 days before your visit. (Fun fact: When I first moved to D.C., I was an official U.S Capitol tour guide!) Guided tours of the U.S. Capitol last about an hour, and all programs, activities, and tours are free of charge.

Explore the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

After touring the Capitol, take a journey through the wonders of the natural world at D.C.’s Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This captivating institution is a great place for visitors of all ages. Here, you can take a guided tour of the museum or explore on your own. The mysteries of Earth’s past and present are revealed through a vast collection of exhibits and artifacts. For the kids or those young at heart, enjoy the collection of towering dinosaur skeletons and prehistoric structures. For outdoor enthusiasts, the museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the diverse realms of nature.

Popular exhibits include the iconic Hope Diamond, the mesmerizing Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, and the immersive Butterfly Pavilion. While this free museum tour contains enough attractions to keep you busy for a full day, you can still enjoy a fulfilling experience in an hour and a half.

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Show Your Respects at the World War II Memorial

Take in the stunning stone sculptures that honor 16 million of America’s greatest heroes at the World War II Memorial. Here, you can find your respective state’s bronze statue and take a moment to pay your respects. If it’s a hot day, you can slip off your shoes and dip your toes in the cool waters of the reflecting pond. However, out of respect for those lost, swimming is not allowed in any of the fountains or reflecting pools. After you’ve spent about 15 minutes at the memorial, continue making your way to your next stop.

Take a History Lesson at the National Museum of African American History

This iconic institution offers a deep and educational insight into the African American experience in the U.S.

While the depth of history housed within the museum could easily captivate you for days, you can still gain invaluable insights in just a couple of hours if you explore on your own. If you have more time, you can also book a African-American history and museum tour for a deep-dive into the Civil Rights movement. Be sure to check out key exhibits such as the powerful “Slavery and Freedom” gallery or the inspiring “Cultural Expressions.” Admission is free, but timed-entry passes are essential to enter the museum.  Whether marveling at Harriet Tubman’s artifacts or Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, the museum offers a profound and memorable exploration of African American heritage.

Admire the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This somber yet powerful monument is a must-see on the National Mall. It consists of a black granite wall inscribed with the names of over 58,000 heroes who died during the Vietnam War. You can take a contemplative stroll along the wall in about 10 minutes. However, the experience leaves an indelible impression long after that. A visit to this iconic landmark is an essential and deeply moving experience for anyone exploring the nation’s capital.

Walk Up the Steps to the Lincoln Memorial

Walk up the iconic steps leading to the Lincoln Memorial to experience a breathtaking sight. Perched majestically overlooking the iconic reflecting pool, this monumental tribute to Abraham Lincoln stands for grandeur and historical significance. Free to visit, the memorial offers a stirring glimpse into the legacy of one of America’s greatest leaders. Spend a leisurely 20 minutes soaking in the atmosphere and reading the inspiring words inscribed on the walls. Whether you’re a history buff or seeking a moment of reflection, a visit to the Lincoln Memorial is a must do on any Washington DC itinerary.

Watch the Sunset at the Tidal Basin

The best way to enjoy a D.C. sunset is from the serene edges of Tidal Basin. This picturesque reservoir is surrounded by two of the city’s most iconic landmarks. First, you’ll stroll past the inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This memorial stands as a tribute to the civil rights leader’s enduring legacy. 

Continue along the basin to admire the breathtaking sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom. They paint the landscape with vibrant hues usually between mid-March and early April. Be sure to walk around the entire basin to the other side. There, you will find the majestic Thomas Jefferson Memorial is. It offers a stunning backdrop for a spectacular sunset. You can also join a guided walking tour of the Tidal Basin if you wanted to learn more about it’s historical aspects in addition to its exterior beauty. Watching the sunset at the Tidal Basin is a truly magical experience that really captures the essence of Washington DC’s beauty.

Alternative to the National Mall: Shop at Eastern Market

If you prefer to take a break from the museums and memorials, walk or Uber to the other end of the Capitol Hill to Eastern Market. Here you will find dozens of indoor and outdoor shops and stalls selling food, handmade jewelry, art, furniture, baked goods, and more. It’s hands-down one of the best springtime activities to enjoy in DC. There are also numerous adorable coffee shops around the Eastern Market area that are great for brunch. These include Ted’s Bulletin (get the homemade pop tarts!), Ambar Capitol Hill, and Matchbox.

Day 2: Lafayette Square + Georgetown

On Day 2 of your 4 days in Washington DC itinerary, you will continue your adventure to explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Lafayette Square and Georgetown. Lafayette is home to the White House and a hub of political activity. Georgetown is a historic neighborhood known for its boutique hotels, boutique shops, and waterfront views. You can easily access both areas via the Metro’s orange, blue, or silver lines. Exit the Foggy Bottom Metro station to access Georgetown, and the Metro Center station to access Lafayette Square.

Tour the White House during your 4 Days Washington DC Itinerary

In the morning on your second day in Washington D.C., head to the People’s House (also known as the White House). However, keep in mind that you can’t just walk up to the gates and request a tour. Tours must be requested and approved through one of your Congressional representatives.

Visiting the iconic White House is a must-do for any Washington DC itinerary, offering a glimpse into the heart of American politics and history. To tour this government building, plan for about an hour and a half, including time for security screening. Once inside, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the elegant rooms and halls that have hosted countless historic moments. Keep in mind that tours are self-guided, allowing you to wander at your own pace and soak in the rich atmosphere of this presidential residence.

In addition to general White House tours, you can also request tickets for White House Garden tours in both the spring and fall seasons. They offer a unique opportunity to walk through the lush grounds surrounding the presidential home to explore the Rose Garden and Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden.

Have an Early Lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill

For your first meal of the day, head to the legendary Old Ebbitt Grill, a historic gem nestled in the heart of the city (conveniently next to the White House!) Established in 1856, this iconic eatery offers a menu full of classic American fare. From hearty sandwiches and seafood specialties to mouthwatering steaks and salads, there’s something for everyone. 

Some of Old Ebbitt Grill’s popular menu items include the mouthwatering Ebbitt Burger, and the Chesapeake Bay Oysters on the half-shell and Oysters Rockefeller. The latter are baked oysters topped with bread crumbs and other yummies! 

Other amazing upscale eateries by the White House include Ocean Prime, The Hamilton, and Off the Record at the Hay-Adams Hotel. The rooftop of the Hay-Adams, the Top of the Hay, provides stunning views of the White House and Lafayette Park. It can be accessed via an elevator lobby. However, be aware that this may be accessible for hotel guests only. Still, it’s worth asking the front desk for a quick photo. For more affordable and casual options, I recommend GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar, Founding Farmers, or District Taco.

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Stroll Through the Dumbarton Oaks Museum

After lunch, head to Dumbarton Oaks Museum for a leisurely stroll. Lodged amidst lush gardens in Washington DC’s historic Georgetown neighborhood, this beautiful home offers an interesting glimpse into art, history, and culture. It contains a diverse collection of artifacts and art works from the Byzantine and pre-Columbian eras.  With its tranquil ambiance and stunning architecture, Dumbarton Oaks Museum is the perfect relaxing retreat for art enthusiasts and history buffs. It’s also a great spot for Insta photos!

Walk the Georgetown Waterfront

Next, Uber to the bustling hub of activity along the scenic banks of the Potomac River: Georgetown Waterfront. This was one of my favorite places to spend a sunny spring weekend when I lived in DC, and for good reason! This area is full of charming cafes and waterfront dining spots. You can also enjoy recreational activities like kayaking and paddleboarding down the Potomac River. You can take a walk or jog, take a boat ride around the monuments, or simply relax at one of the area’s many green spaces. If you prefer to bike, Georgetown is a great place to do it. The nearby C&O Canal is popular for bike rides and is very peaceful. It’s also a great place for Insta pics or a romantic photoshoot with a professional photographer!

Savor Dinner at Fiola Mare

For an unforgettable dining experience, head to Fiola Mare. This renowned waterfront restaurant offers exquisite Italian inspired seafood cuisine. Known for its upscale ambiance and impeccable service, Fiola Mare promises a unique culinary journey. I would personally recommend ordering the Branzino al Sale (a whole Mediterranean sea bass baked in salt crust) or the Lobster Ravioli. You can pair your meal with a handcrafted cocktail such as the refreshing Fiola Spritz or the aromatic Sicilian Old Fashioned. For other high-end dining options, consider exploring esteemed establishments like Filomena Ristorante, Martin’s Tavern, and Bourbon Steak.

If you prefer more affordable or kid-friendly places to eat, I personally recommend Good Stuff Eatery, Chaia Tacos Georgetown, or 90 Second Pizza. For dessert, visit a DC staple and get a treat from Georgetown Cupcake. I prefer Baked & Wired cupcakes which are also in Georgetown, but you can’t go wrong with either option!

Sip a Nightcap at L’Annexe Bar in Georgetown

In the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood you will find the upscale L’Annexe Cocktail Bar. Renowned as “DC’s quintessential corner cocktail bar,” it stands out as a top springtime activity. It’s the perfect place to include on your 4 day Washington DC itinerary. Patrons frequent this M Street locale to sip on European inspired cocktails and snack on farm-to-table menu items. They have a number of popular (and gorgeous) cocktails on their evolving menu. A favorite is the Wild Margarita Chapter VI with Espadin mezcal. The Twice Around the Moon with Japanese whiskey and Oolong tea is a close second. Lastly, the Karachi’s Return to Grand Port with gin, aperol, cumin, red chili, lime, and ginger is a great addition to any meal.

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Day 3: Explore U Street Corridor & Chinatown 

On Day 3 of your 4 day Washington DC itinerary, you will explore the vibrant U Street Corridor and Chinatown. The U Street Corridor is a cultural hub famous for a lively music scene and eclectic dining options. Accessible via the Metro’s yellow or green lines, U Street is renowned for jazz clubs, vibrant street art, and diverse culinary offerings. Afterward, you can easily reach Chinatown via the Metro’s red, yellow, or green lines. Once there, you will experience Asian culture through its bustling markets, authentic eateries, and vibrant atmosphere.

Plan a Picnic at the National Arboretum

Reserve an Uber to the National Arboretum and arrive a little before 8AM. The Arboretum provides a serene garden oasis amidst a bustling city. Since its founding in 1927, the Arboretum has offered 446 acres of distinctive plant life and wildlife. This includes Japanese Bonsai’s, magnolias, maple trees, and the only living plant that survived the 1945 atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima. Along with beautiful gardens, the park also features an outdoor exhibit of the original National Capitol Columns. Admission is always free, and the Arboretum welcomes visitors every day of the year, except on Christmas day. When you visit, make sure you come equipped with a photography permit if you plan on taking shots with a professional DSLR camera.

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Sip a Cider Flight at Supreme Core Cider

Next to the National Arboretum you’ll find a great spot for avid craft beer drinkers: Supreme Core Cider. Since 2018, Supreme Core has made all-natural brews with apples from locally family-owned orchards. These hard ciders come in “hella unique” flavors. These flavors include the crisp and bubbly “Pounda Gold” and the “Ginger Lime” crusher filled with ginger and fresh lime juice.  Supreme Core also features seasonal ciders like the “Ginger Beard Man” during winter and the “Cherry Bloom” during the spring. A personal favorite is the “Trellis Rose”, which is made with red wine grape skins for an elegant rosé cider.

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Admire the architecture at Union Station

After enjoying a sip of cider, stop by Union Station to marvel at a breathtaking architectural transportation hub. The grand Beaux-Arts design, soaring ceilings, and intricate detailing will no doubt captivate you! Stop for a moment and take your time to admire the iconic Main Hall with its majestic columns and elegant concourse.

To reach Chinatown from Union Station, simply walk, or take the escalator downstairs to hop on the red line of the Metro. As soon as you exit the Gallery Place Metro Station, you’ll find yourself immersed in a fusion of traditional and modern Asian culture and architecture. Another popular activity to enjoy near Union Station is a small group food and drink tour! This usually begins around Union Station and ends at Union Market (a few blocks behind Union Station) and is a great intro into the city’s food scene.

Try Filet Mignon Ramen at Umaya Izakaya

Exit the Gallery Place – Chinatown metro station, or change lines to exit at the Archives Metro station (Penn Quarter) for the best upscale ramen in DC. Umaya Izakaya offers a relaxing dining atmosphere, blending a Western-style beer garden with a traditional Asian culinary experience. The restaurant creates an inviting and casual setting where you can order a variety of upscale ramen bowls and other Japanese fusion dishes. 

The “Tomato Filet Mignon” ramen at Umaya Izakaya was my absolute favorite. It contains a generous helping of charcoal grilled filet mignon pieces, grilled plum tomato, bean sprouts, and a seasoned egg. If you want to share, order the seared Japanese Grade 5 “Wagyu Tataki” or the bone-in deep fried “Umaya Teriyaki Wings”.

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Go back in Time at Ford’s Theater 

Step back in time at Ford’s Theater, an iconic historic site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Located in the heart of the city, Ford’s Theater offers visitors a glimpse into the past. Its immersive exhibits and guided tours allow visitors to explore the very spot where Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. It really paints a picture and helps visitors gain insight into the events surrounding that fateful night. 

Tickets for tours of Ford’s Theater are an affordable price of $3.50 per person regardless of age. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the theater’s box office. There are tour options available for 2.5 hour private self-guided tours, small group tours, and ranger-led tours. You can choose to wait until the day of to secure your tickets. However, your preferred time may be sold out especially during high season. 

See the Chinatown Friendship Arch at Night

If you make a trip to DC’s Chinatown, you must witness the dazzling Friendship Arch illuminated at night. A beacon of cultural diversity and friendship, the iconic archway spans H Street NW. It is adorned with intricate designs and vibrant colors symbolizing unity and harmony. Built in 1986 as a symbol of the relationship between Washington DC and Beijing, the Friendship Arch serves as a landmark and gathering place. It’s also a great place to take photos at both sunrise and sunset. However, be sure not to block traffic!

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Day 4: Adventure in Adams Morgan (Northwest DC)

On the last day of your 4 days Washington DC itinerary, you will head to the eclectic Adams Morgan neighborhood in Northwest DC. In my opinion, Adams Morgan is one of the most underrated neighborhoods in DC. It’s full of a diverse mix of cultures, vibrant nightlife, and an eclectic dining scene. In fact, I used to spend Saturday nights at Shenanigan’s, which stays true to its name. To reach Adams Morgan via the Metro, take the red line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan station or the green line to the Columbia Heights station. From there, you can either walk or take a bus to 18th Street. With its colorful murals, lively street festivals, and trendy boutiques, Adams Morgan offers a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the vibrant spirit of DC.

Admire the stunning Washington National Cathedral

Don’t leave the Adams Morgan neighborhood without visiting the Washington National Cathedral. It recently underwent an 83-year construction process and is considered one of the most intricate churches in the world. It’s also one of the most enjoyable springtime activities in DC! The famous frontal “Creation Rose Window” contains more than 10,000 pieces of glass. The Cathedral also boasts 112 gargoyle carvings around its exterior that serve as one of the building’s most popular attractions. If you’re a flower enthusiast, 59 acres of cultivated gardens surround the Cathedral’s property. The best part? It’s free to explore! Tickets to tour the inside of the Cathedral cost $15USD for adults and $10USD for children ages 5-12. It is free to enter for worship services. 

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Pop into Idle Time Books

If you’re a book lover, Idle Time Books has the coziest ambiance and a treasure trove of literature. It houses an eclectic collection that spans genres from classic literature to contemporary fiction. It also houses rare and collectible volumes. Lose track of time while browsing through the bookstore’s extensive selection. Don’t forget to ask the knowledgeable staff for their personal favorite books. Spend at least a half-hour here diving into the written word before heading to your next stop.

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Snack on Coffee and Animal Crackers at Tryst

Snag a cozy treat at Tryst, a beloved cafe nestled in the heart of Adams Morgan. Tryst provides the perfect backdrop for leisurely snacking and socializing. First, order a freshly brewed coffee that comes with a nostalgic animal cracker. It’s a signature offering that adds a playful twist to your caffeine fix. 

If you’re craving something more substantial, you can order the hearty Tryst burger. It’s served with crispy fries and house-made aioli (and is delicious!). Whether you’re seeking a quick caffeine boost or brunch with friends, Tryst provides a dining experience that embodies the laid-back charm of Adams Morgan.

Listen to Live Music at Songbird Cafe

Experience the vibrant rhythms of the DC music scene at Songbird Cafe. This lively spot in Adams Morgan features live performances to create unforgettable evenings. Here, you can unwind with a drink after a long day, or set up a cozy spot for a light lunch and coffee. Songbird Cafe is a great place to enjoy good tunes and great spirits day or night. With its intimate setting and eclectic lineup of local artists and bands, this cafe promises an immersive musical experience.

Indulge in a Jumbo Slice

If you find yourself out late at night after a day of exploring, curb your hunger with a classic D.C. staple: the Jumbo Slice. These oversized pizza slices have been a go-to late night snack for years (especially after a night out at the bars!). Measuring a whopping 14 inches long, these massive slices come loaded with gooey cheese, tangy sauce, and your choice of toppings. With prices ranging from $8 to $11 USD, Jumbo Slices offer a budget-friendly option for hungry night owls looking to refuel. Whether you take one to-go, or want to sit down to pig out, indulging in a Jumbo Slice is a quintessential D.C. experience. I personally recommend the traditional pepperoni, or the Hawaiian pizza!

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Washington DC Itinerary: 4 Days in the Nation’s Capital Conclusion

This jam-packed four-day itinerary in Washington, DC recommends a dynamic blend of history, culture, and culinary delights. From iconic landmarks like the White House and Lincoln Memorial to hidden treasures like Idle Time Books and Songbird Cafe, each day will offer a unique and memorable experience. 

Plan ahead by securing tickets or entry times for popular attractions like the White House and Ford’s Theater. Make the most of DC’s efficient Metro system for easy navigation and time management. Don’t forget to explore the diverse dining scene of local favorites such as Jumbo Slice Pizza, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Old Ebbitt Grill for an authentic DC experience. 

Regardless of what you choose to explore from this itinerary, you will surely have an epic adventure in Washington DC. With careful planning and an open mind, your journey through the Nation’s Capital will surely be unforgettable and full of amazing memories. 

Did you experience something mentioned in this itinerary? I would love to hear about your experience! Send me an email at alex@eccontessa.com.

10 replies to “Washington DC Itinerary: 4 Days in the Nation’s Capital”

  1. Washington D.C. is such a great city. I used to go a lot during college for PRSSA, but I truly got to explore the city when I went for the cherry blossom festival in 2018. I am looking to go back soon and see more and also experience more of the dining scene. Also, Yotel looks amazing! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the helpful tips! I have never stayed at a hotel with adjustable smart beds before… sounds amazing! Going to have to check out this hotel and the nearby restaurants when I visit Washington DC.

  3. This hotel looks very nice and I love to read all your reco for activities and places to eat! I will make sure to remember it for the time I can visit Washington DC again!

  4. Yummy that ramen!! I’d love to visit DC one day and there’s loads of great tips here, especially that gorgeous hotel! Thank you for sharing

  5. I’ve wanted to visit DC for a long time, I might finally get around to visiting soon. It looks like a great city and I love some of your suggestions. YOTEL looks like a great place to stay and the food looks amazing

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- enjoy complimentary breakfast at @hvicharleston (order the ham + cheese quiche or croissant!)
- take the free DASH bus from the hotel to Liberty Square to visit the @southcarolinaaquarium. They have an amazing Sea Turtle Rescue Center! 
- eat lunch at @browndogdeli (I recommend ordering The Folly Beach Turkey Crunch Wrap or the Fried Green Tomato BLT) 
- tour the Nathaniel Russell House and/or the Edmondston-Alston House (it survived hurricanes, the earthquake of 1888, and the Civil W*r!)
- eat dinner at @magnoliaschs. Order the fried green tomatoes and southern egg roll!

𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟑:
- enjoy another breakfast at @hvicharleston! You can order it as early as 6am.
- Board a boat to @ftsumternps. This historic Fort is marked as the spot where the first battle of the Civil W*r was fought. Reservations required. 
- take an Uber to @fireflydistillery to try their Sweet Tea Vodka, Banana Pudding Moonshine, and their Chocolate Pecan Whiskey. Dont pass up a boozy moonshine milkshake (for 21+) and a Rocket Burger from @rocket_burger_chs food truck!

𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟒:
- enjoy an iced coffee and a breakfast sandwich at @carmellasdessertbar (just a few blocks from @hvicharleston)
- stroll through the @charlestoncitymarket. It’s been around since the mid 1800’s!
- eat late lunch at @hymans_seafood. Don’t pass up their hush puppies and crab cakes. They were voted Best in Charleston for a reason! 

Click on the link in my bio to read my full “4 Days in Charleston” guide (yes, there’s more!) on my blog to help you plan the ultimate Charleston vacation.
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I had 4 full days to spend in the eastern region of the @dominicanrepublic (which was definitely not enough time to see everything!) but made for a great intro to the DR. 

Here are just a few must-do activities to check out when you visit!

✨ Stay at the newly updated @sunscapecoco by @hyatt. This 5-star all inclusive @sunscaperesorts property offers *24*on-site restaurants, bars, and cafes for unlimited food + drinks. It also has a spa, multiple pools, and beach access.
✨ Visit the Basilica Nuestra Señora De La Altagracia in Higuey. It’s one of the most important religious sites in the country!
✨ Spend a few hours at Playa Macao. It’s a beautiful white sand beach with bright turquoise waters!
✨ Try traditional food such as Dominican fried chicken, Bandera Dominicana (rice, beans, and stewed chicken), and Sancocho (a hearty stew).
✨ Spend a day exploring the islands of Cotubanamá National Park with @amstardmc 🌴 

Do you have plans to visit the @dominicanrepublic soon? You can see more from my time there in my IG stories and my “Dominican” highlight! 
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