Washington, D.C. Journals

What to do in DC.

A travel journal to Washington, D.C. by bari

Quote: Having spent four years living in DC during college, I have a pretty good idea of what to do and see in Washington. Whether it's shopping, eating, touring or enjoying the nightlife, DC offers lots of entertainment and fun.

What to do in DC.

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Overview

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Among the myriad of sights to see, definitely check out the Einstein Memorial (22nd and Constitution Ave.). It's very serene and set back from the other monuments - a good place to sit and think.Quick Tips: The summers in DC can get very crowded with tourists and it's often hazy, hot and humid - considering a large part of DC used to be a swamp before it was built up. The best times of the year to visit are spring (Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom) and fall. Tourists should stay in Northwest if possible - it's the safest part of DC.Best Way To Get Around: The DC metro is one of the cleanest I've seen anywhere, and it's relatively easy to navigate. Cabs are also an easy way to g...Read More

Paolo's

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Restaurant

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It's hard to peg exactly what Paolo's is in one or two words (pub/bar doesn't do it justice and neither does 'American' cuisine type). The food is outstanding - serving a little bit of everything. The olive dip and warm breadsticks served at the beginning of the meal are just the beginning - the caesar and Paolo's salads are scrumptious and entrees range from fish and chicken to pasta and meat or even gourmet pizzas. There's something for everyone at Paolo's ... and the atmosphere is great too - with some sidewalk seating and large open windows in the summer you can do some great people watching. It's a bit on the trendy side - but in an enjoyable sort of way. My friends and I used to eat at Pao...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Paolo's
1303 Wisconsin Avenue North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 333-7353

Filomena Ristorante of Georgetown

Restaurant | "Filomena"

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This is the kind of place to go when you want a really good Italian meal. You feel like you're in Italy - the food is delicious and the desserts are sinful - you must leave room.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Filomena Ristorante of Georgetown
1063 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 337-2782

Tom Tom

Restaurant

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This is a really fun tapas restaurant in a great nightlife spot. The food is good and runs the gamut. The good thing is that - being a tapas restaurant - you can have a little of everything, there are a wide variety of items on the menu. Adams Morgan is hopping at night on the weekends. Tom Tom is right in the middle of all the hot spots.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Tom Tom
2333 18th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 518-6667

Piccolo

Restaurant

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Piccolo is a great Italian restaurant in the heart of Georgetown - the Calamari entree is outta this world (a bit on the spicy side though). The atmosphere is charming.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Piccolo
1533 Wisconsin Avenue North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 333-0123

Cheesecake Factory

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Restaurant

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You better get here early - there are usually 2 hour waits at this delicious restaurant and they don't take reservations. Cheesecake is actually a chain, but it's worth going to, and it's located in a great shopping area to keep you busy while you wait. The food is amazing - the bruschetta appetizer is unbelievable as are the specialty drinks - try the flying gorilla - it's banana and chocolate and ice cream and some kind of alcohol that you don't even taste. The menu is the size of a high school notebook with option after option after option. My favorite is the Chicken topped with melted cheese and asparagus on a bed of the best tasting garlic mashed potatoes I've ever eaten! Saving room for desse...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Cheesecake Factory
5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20015
(202) 364-4623

Prime Rib

Restaurant

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This is the ultimate dining experience - a formal steakhouse - probably the best in DC. Everything is a la carte - like most steakhouses. Even if you aren't a red meat eater - the fish and seafood is equally delicious. Try the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes - they're fantastic. The wine selection is quite extensive as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Prime Rib
2020 K Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
(202) 466-8811

Neyla a Mediterranean Grill

Restaurant | "Neyla's"

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Neyla's is a fabulous Middle Eastern restaurant situated in Georgetown. The food is just delicious, and the atmosphere is enchanting. It's dimly lit and very cozy, with a great bar. After 10pm, the restaurant turns into more of a club, the music gets louder, and people start dancing. All in all, it's a fun experience with fantastic food and drink.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Neyla a Mediterranean Grill
3206 N St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
(202) 333-6353

Washington Harbor Restaurants

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Attraction | "Washington Harbor"

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There are actually 3 or 4 restaurants on Washington Harbor that have huge outdoor bars/patios which are great in the summer (Tony & Jo's, Sequoia, and an Italian restaurant). If you decide to eat outdoors you can sit at your table and drink all night if you want to, or you can hang out at the outdoor bars. Sequoia is the nicest, most formal of the bunch with pretty white lights outside (somewhat similar to Tavern on the Green in NY) - it also has the best food. This is a big night spot for 20-30 year olds but it can get a little stuffy at times - lots of polo shirts and khakis. The biggest attraction here is that it's outdoors and right on the water.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Washington Harbor Restaurants
Throughout Washington Harbor
Washington, United States

Cafe Lautrec

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Attraction

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This is a really fun place - especially if you like live jazz. I went with a group of about 6 people and we had a great time - the food is your typical bar food, but the draw is the music and this amazing 80 year-old man who gets up on the bar late at night (really late) and tap dances for everyone. It's great fun, and the whole place is decorated with pieces by the famous French artist - Toulouse Lautrec. It's awesome. And there are tons of bars and restaurants surrounding it as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2000

Cafe Lautrec
2431 18th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 265-6436

Great Falls National Park

Attraction | "Great Falls"

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Great Falls is about 40 minutes outside of DC in Virginia. It's a great place to go to get away from the city - and a great place to think. It overlooks the River and is very serene. You can hike along a trail or sit out on the cliffs. Go with a bunch of friends and barbecue for the day - you'll forget you're even near a city.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Great Falls National Park
9200 Old Dominion Dr
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 285-2965

Taste of DC

Attraction

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Every fall, the street of DC, near the theatre, are closed and all the best restaurants set up booths where they sell the best selling items from their menus. It works on a tickets system and there is usually live music as well. It's great fun and something different to do in DC. If you walk there from Foggy Bottom, make sure you walk past the Square where young kids rollerblade and skateboard - they're amazing!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

Taste of DC
Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, District of Columbia

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Attraction | "Holocaust Museum"

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Visiting the Holocaust Museum is a very moving experience that I think everyone should have at least once. When you enter, you receive a pamphlet with an actual person's name. As you walk through the museum, you flip through the pamphlet to see how that person's life played out through the Holocaust and ultimately whether or not they survived. There is lot of reading to do in this museum - as there are tons of photographs with accompanying commentary. The pile of victims' belongings is very difficult to look at, as is the train car they traveled in. It helps you understand how dreadful war truly is and how important it is that we never let something like that ever happen again.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2000

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Sw
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 488-0400