Our Washington D.C. Itinerary

I’ve never been to Washington DC! Now I’ve seen practically all that Texas, Michigan, and the West Coast has to offer, but almost NOWHERE on the East Coast except for NYC and Philly! I have some definite catching up to do. So when BJ and I saw we had 2 free days we decided to book a last-minute trip to DC, and ever since I’ve been meticulously arranging our itinerary. Research and planning are some of my very favorite things! Want a peek? Below is our plan for our 2-Day DC trip. I’ll check back in with you to let you know how much we actually accomplished!

We leave tonight. We are taking an evening Mega Bus to DC, and then spending the night in our hotel so we can wake up fresh and ready to take on DC first thing tomorrow. We found a great deal on a three-star hotel near DuPont Circle, which is close to the metro and near(ish) Downtown. Here’s the loose plan (our real itinerary is even MORE detailed than this, but I thought I’d just share with you the bones of it.)


Quick Breakfast

  • Bethseda Bagels or Firehook Bakery (both near our hotel)

Tour the Capitol 9:30 AM
Library of Congress

Early Lunch

  • We, The Pizza, Fast Casual Gourmet Pizza slices, $
  • Good Stuff Eatery, Fast Casual Burgers & Shakes, $

National Archives, See Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, Constitution then leave

American History Museum, Spend the afternoon here

If time, Natural History Museum, run in and see the Hope Diamond (Second Floor East Side)

Sit Down Dinner

  • Jaleo, Famous Chef Jose Andres, Top Rated, $$, Near National Mall
  • Teaism, Fast Casual, $, Near National Mall and DuPont Circle
  • Nando’s Peri-Peri, Fast Casual, Beer & Wine, $, Near DuPont Circle

Walk around, enjoy the National Mall at night


Early Breakfast

  • Bethseda Bagels or Firehook Bakery or Doughnuts at Golden Brown Delicious

West Monuments Walk, 2.86 miles

  • WWII Memorial
  • Reflecting Pool
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • Roosevelt Memorial
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats 10:45 AM

Washington Monument Tour 12:00 PM

Walk to Lunch

  • Teaism, Fast Casual, $, Near White House
  • Georgia Brown’s, Soul Food, $25 Lunch pre-fixe, $$, Near White House
  • Founding Farmer’s, Elevated American Food, Sit-down, $, Near White House

See the White House

Go to Hotel, nap and change

Georgetown Cupcakes, Open until 9pm


  • Nando’s Peri-Peri, Fast Casual Portuguese chicken, $, near DuPont Circle
  • OR dinner in Georgetown



  • Golden Brown Delicious, Fried Chicken and Fresh Donuts!

Leave for Mega Bus 9:00 AM

Arrive in NYC 2:45 PM!



Wish us luck! What are your favorite sights in DC? And where would YOU love to go on a 2-Day trip?

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  • http://andreaenright.net/ Andrea Enright

    I spelled doughnuts two ways in this post. And I’m not going to change it. Okay, maybe I will. But should it be doughnut or donut? DILEMMA OF THE CENTURY.

  • Maggie

    Have so much fun! I stayed near Dupont circle when I was there in June. I took #FlatBJ to the Newseum and I think real BJ and you would like it, but it’s not one of the free museums. The Native American History museum is also incredible (and has an awesome food court, for real). And there is just SO Much to do in DC you can’t possibly fit it all in! Have a great time, and enjoy a mini-vacay. Will & I are occasionally kicking around the idea of a mini vacay to NYC sometime next year…

    • http://andreaenright.net/ Andrea Enright

      WE ARE OBSESSED WITH DC. I will hopefully write again updating about it but we are going back SOON. Definitely going to hit up Newseum and Native American History Museum. (The American History Museum was a TOTAL let down, but had fun at the Natural History Museum.) Yeah we will be back. And realized we for sure need to be taking more mini-trips. 3 nights/2 days was actually fine time-wise. I thought it would be short, but we did so much.

      And, yes, seriously. Anytime you want to visit, let us know. We have a guest room, we are freelancers with open schedules. Do it. Seriously.

  • Cynthia Wayland Varadi

    Wow Honey, that sounds so GREAT! Of course, you know I’m going to recommend the Holocaust Museum, so moving, sad, and beautiful….possibly the same architect as the War and Terror Museum in Budapest where Grandpa Joe was imprisoned. But being the history buffs you are, you may need to go back to DC again, ( you WILL want to go back again) because it is not a quick tour, and there really is a lot to see and do in D.C.!. It sounds, though, that you are hitting the majors. Praying for energy and stamina for both of you! Have lots of fun, too. Love, Mom

    • http://andreaenright.net/ Andrea Enright

      We had TONS of stamina, thanks for the prayers. You won’t believe how much we did. We passed the Holocaust Museum and have it on our short list of places to see our next visit. We are dyinggggg to go again.