The United States capital city, Washington D.C., is located just two hours away from James Madison University. It makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Harrisonburg, and we wanted to share with you some of our favorite things to do in D.C. this summer.
Washington D.C. is a city rich with history and culture. It has been the capital of the United States for more than 200 years and is full of museums, shops, attractions, and much more! We love going into D.C on the weekends with friends or family and spending the day in a museum or getting lunch at some of our favorite spots. The city offers visitors something new each day. While you cannot possibly do and see everything that D.C. has to offer this summer, there are some things everyone who goes into the city should make time to do.
1. Walk along Washington Harbor
One of the best places to get a view of the Potomac River is Washington Harbor. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy here. The boardwalk offers breathtaking views of boats going by, the Kennedy Center, Watergate, Virginia, and the iconic Key Bridge. The Key Bridge connects Georgetown to Rosslyn in Arlington, Virginia, and is the oldest road bridge in D.C.
2. Visit Georgetown Cupcake
Georgetown is a neighborhood located in Northwest D.C. It is full of shops, restaurants and bakeries - so many choices in one spot! One place that has become the “one stop shop” for sweet treats is Georgetown Cupcake. Located on the corner of 33rd & M street, this quaint cupcake shop offers some of the yummiest treats and always has a line waiting outside. The shop provides a different selection of cupcakes each day. One of our personal favorites is the Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcake, but you’ll have to stop by and see which one your favorite is!
3. Dine in D.C.
Located on 1924 I Street, El Chalan Restaurant was founded in 1975 by Pedro and Elsa Espinoza. It is known for its delicious Peruvian cuisine and was the first Peruvian restaurant in the city. El Chalan is the perfect little place for lunch or dinner in the city. We recommend trying the Lomo Saltado, one of their most famous dishes. No matter what guests choose off the menu, they will not be let down!
4. Visit the monuments
There are a multitude of monuments in the city that paint a picture of the vast and rich history of our nation’s capital. Two of the most famous (and our favorite!) monuments are the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. The Washington Monument is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was built in honor of George Washington, who was the first President of the United States and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
The Jefferson Memorial was built in honor of Thomas Jefferson. He is known as one of the original writers of the Declaration of Independence and the founder of the University of Virginia. This monument is located on the Tidal Basin off the Potomac River.
5. Stroll along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
This canal is a 184-mile route that was used in Georgetown when it was a tobacco port. Now it is the perfect place for joggers, runner, bikers, and tourists looking for a bit of scenery. This path along the canal remains a quiet and serene place that takes you back to the historic past of the city.