Things to do in DC
D.C. is known for politics, but also for its cultural institutions, historical landmarks, and restaurants. If you find yourself in the nation’s capital, Vinnie Van GO’s has a list of some of his favorite spots, just for you.
Whether you’re taking in historical monuments in D.C., checking out the great shops and restaurants, or taking in a ball game, our guide to things to do in D.C. is here to help! Read Vinnie’s D.C. city guide or book a D.C. shuttle service today!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
Each spring, the capital comes alive with pink cherry blossoms. Celebrate the three thousand trees along the Tidal Basin, originally gifted from Japan in 1912. The day’s events include parades, concerts, fireworks and other cultural events. This day is not to be missed, reserve your festival shuttle today!
If you’re in town for late May, Memorial Day celebrations are not to be missed. This is a beautiful day to spend around the nation’s most famous monuments, where there are plenty of wreath-laying events and ceremonies. There’s also an annual motorcycle rally, Rolling Thunder, a free National Symphony Orchestra concert on the Capitol’s West Lawn and a Memorial Day Parade.
Fourth of July
What better place to spend the nation’s birthday than the nation’s birthplace? If you’re heading to D.C. for Independence Day, you can expect a patriotic extravaganza. Join thousands for the morning parade, concert on the National Mall, and an incredible fireworks display over the Washington Monument. This day will be extremely busy – make sure you plan ahead! Reserve your Fourth of July transportation in D.C. with GO!
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Also known as RFK stadium, this multi-purpose arena is just a short shuttle ride outside of DC city center. Designed for football, baseball and soccer, this arena is a great place to catch a game while you’re in town.
2400 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
This downtown DC arena, formerly known as the MCI Center, is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, and the WNBA Washington Mystics. It’s also a great place to catch an a concert. Check the website for more information on events.
601 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
One of the most famous in the country, the Washington monument obelisk was built in 1848. Created to commemorate founding father George Washington, this monument is the world’s tallest stone structure and world’s tallest obelisk. This is a must-visit for any history buff or DC visitor.
Built in 1920, this is one of the most well-known of DC’s monuments. Located at the end of the National Mall, this Greek temple-style structure houses the large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. It was also the site of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. This is a great spot to visit, and perfect for photos!
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The third most-visited museum in the world is not to be missed while you’re in town. One of the seventeen museums making up the larger Smithsonian Institution, this museum is also home to the largest group of scientists and researchers dedicated to nature and cultural history in the world. This is a perfect way to spend the day, whether you’re with family, friends or looking for downtime between business meetings.
DC has many wonderful tours for you, your family, friends or colleagues while you’re in the area. If you’re looking for a classic trolley or bus experience, Old Town Trolley and DC Duck Tours are a wonderful option for visitors of all ages. If you’d prefer to go by foot, there are a number of wonderful walking tours around, including DC by Foot and Walk of the Town. For bike enthusiasts, Bike and Roll DC will send you speeding around the capital!
DC is known for having world-renowned multi-cultural cuisine. Here are some of Vinnie Van GO’s absolute favorites. Make sure to book your night’s transportation well in advance so you can enjoy your evening stress-free!
Barrel + Crow
This fantastic restaurant is one of Vinnie Van GO’S all-time favorites. This regional cuisine and hip atmosphere makes Barrel + Crow is the perfect place to start your night, whether you’re with work colleagues, friends, or a date!
4867 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
This spot in Tacoma Park is perfect for brunch. Republic also has live music in the evenings, and is vegetarian friendly. If you do go for dinner, make sure to try the oysters!
6939 Laurel Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Lapis Afghan Bistro
When was the last time you had some Afghan cuisine? This spot offers up the country’s best, with a modern spin. This spot is elegant yet cozy, and affordable. Try the Afghan dumplings – Vinnie Van Go’s favorite!
1847 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009