Rich in History: Washington, D.C. Travel Guide



Washington, D.C. has a special place in my heart because it’s where I grew up and still live. There is nothing more that I look forward to than playing tourist in the Nation’s Capital on the weekends.


This historical powerhouse is vibrant, immersive, and fascinating, like our sophisticated Rich in History D.C. scent.


Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a veteran history buff, the historical wonders of Washington, D.C. will dazzle you. Join us on a journey to the Nation’s Capital to explore America’s political heartbeat.


Rich in History: What to Do in Washington, D.C.

  • Attend a show at the world-famous John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which sits along the banks of the Potomac River.


  • Stroll down Georgetown’s cobblestone streets and take in its historic beauty.


  • Visit some of D.C.’s top historical landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, a dream come true for history buffs.


  • Tour the White House, the U.S. President’s official home and office.


  • Explore D.C.’s impressive museum lineup, including our favorites, the National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.


  • Cheer on D.C.’s beloved baseball team and 2019 World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals.


Where to Eat

Favorite Casual Breakfast

Call Your Mother is a unique “Jew-ish” deli well-known for its creative and locally sourced bagels and sandwiches.


Favorite Brunch

Le Diplomate is a brunch spot right in the heart of Washington, D.C. that will teleport you to France with its Parisian brasserie aesthetic and mouthwatering cheeses, pastries, and French-inspired fare.


Four Seasons Hotel offers diners an award-winning upscale brunch menu that includes tantalizing items like smoked lamb ribs and snapper ceviche.


Succotash is a unique brunch spot where Chef Edward Lee blends his Korean roots with soulful Southern classics like chicken and waffles and ribs.


Favorite Asian Restaurants

Thip Khao is a locally-owned eatery that serves signature cocktails alongside some of the best Laotian food in the Nation’s Capital. We love the Nam Khao, a crispy coconut fried rice salad that is a national favorite in Laos.


Makan is a critically-acclaimed restaurant where Chef James Wozniuk shares his passion for the Malaysian food culture through his dishes. Try the delicious Rendang (Malaysian curry) and stir-fried rice noodles, Char Kway Teow.


Sushi Taro offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience where you can try a sushi tasting menu at their Omakase counter.


Thamee started as D.C.’s only Burmese restaurant back in 2019 and continues to serve mouthwatering modern interpretations of classic dishes. They have a tasty version of Lah Phet Thoke (tea leaf salad) that you must try!


Maketto is a communal marketplace where you can grab Cambodian and Taiwanese cuisine, wine, and pieces from their curated clothing selection, all in the same place.


Favorite Middle Eastern

Maydan is a social eatery with a set menu where you can break (homemade) bread with your friends and enjoy an impressive spread of vegetables, condiments, and meats.


Favorite Italian

Filomena is a homey Italian restaurant where founder JoAnna Filomena pays homage to her childhood memories and her mother’s recipes through her dishes. They have an outstanding Sunday sauce, housemade meatballs and Italian sausage, and perfectly al-dente pasta.


Favorite Food Hall

Union Market is a great place to visit if you and your group are looking for coffee and tea, charcuterie, baked goods, or a grab-and-go meal.


Where to Stay

Riggs Washington D.C. is an elegant hotel that is housed within the former location of the Riggs National Bank Building and has 181 well-appointed guest rooms and suites.


Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. is a luxurious hotel rich in history, dating back to 1818. Over the years, it has hosted several presidential guests, starting with Franklin Pierce. In addition, it is within walking distance of all the D.C. historical landmarks.


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