PGD to IAD – Explore the heart of the nation’s capital
Explore the heart of the nation’s capital, where history comes alive, culinary delights are discovered and vibrant arts and culture scenes intertwine.
History and Heritage
Take a step back in time and spend the day exploring historic landmarks in the National Mall. Here, you will find the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and more. At the National Museum of American History, you will discover Honest Abe’s top hat, the iconic Greensboro Lunch Counter and many other exhibits. Journey through the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world with breathtaking architecture. Take a guided tour through the U.S. Capitol or experience a courtroom lecture in the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington, D.C. is your gateway to history. One of the best times of the year to visit Washington, D.C. is during March and April for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington, D.C. and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.
Start your morning with a Croque Madame at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant Café du Parc! This authentic French restaurant is in the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel and boasts a beautiful terrace with views of the capital. Take a trip to the Eastern Market any time of day to experience dozens of vendors. This farmers’ market offers fresh products from blueberry buckwheat pancakes and homemade cupcakes to local crab cakes.
For lunch, head to the historic U Street Neighborhood to encounter a longtime D.C. staple, Ben’s Chili Bowl. Enjoy Ben’s famous chili bowl or chili hotdog and top it off with a creamy milkshake or banana pudding. Seasons Restaurant is the perfect spot for brunch or lunch, offering a tempting mix of regional and seasonal ingredients, from lemon ricotta pancakes to a falafel pita sandwich.
Enjoy drinks and dinner at VUE Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Washington. Dress to impress as you indulge in handcrafted cocktails and an innovative surf n’ turf menu with the best White House views in the city. Try trendy cuisines along H Street NE from ramen and dumplings at Toki Underground to tender oxtail at Cane. Satisfy your appetite for hip restaurants in Penn Quarter & Chinatown, from Spanish tapas to tuna poke nachos, there is something for everyone.
Arts & Culture
The National Gallery of Art offers two museums in one. Marvel at classical paintings and sculptures in the West Building, including works from Da Vinci, Monet, and Van Gogh. In the East Building, you’ll find an extensive modern art collection that is sure to inspire. Get lost in time as you explore the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, rare books and manuscripts in the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill.
For an evening out, catch a Broadway show, comedy show, the National Symphony Orchestra or Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. This performing arts center is the busiest in all of America, hosting more than 2,000 performances a year. Catch an outdoor performance at America’s only National Park for Performing Arts, the Wolf Trap. This outdoor venue is in a majestic natural setting hosting performances from every genre. You can find D.C.’s creative heartbeat in just about every neighborhood.
Book your escape now and get ready to create lifelong memories in Washington, D.C.