What: I only had about 24 hours to spend in our nation’s capital, so I had to figure out how to make the most of my time and eat the best food without completely emptying my wallet. Thank goodness all of the must-sees are pretty much located in one area!

Time of Travel: March (though it still felt like winter)

Mode(s) of Transportation: feet, taxi (if you get tired)

Price Point: $$$

The Itinerary:

Recommended Hotel:

Hamilton Crowne Plaza: reasonable prices (we booked through Expedia), modern rooms, and an awesome location just a few blocks away from the White House and from Founding Farmers. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re only going to be in DC for a short period of time and want to be close to everything.

More Details:

Founding Farmers: A casually trendy (trendily casual?) spot that serves delicious “farm-inspired” American food. If you’re visiting on a weekend, be sure to make brunch reservations in advance or you’ll have to wait over an hour for a table. (What I tried: chicken & waffles and carrot cake pancakes. Both were delicious, but the pancakes were my favorite – light and fluffy, cinnamon-y, and not too sweet.)

chicken and waffles brunch breakfast

carrot cake pancakes brunch breakfast DC

Rasika: Despite the rave reviews on Yelp, I had my doubts about Rasika. Could an Indian restaurant really be trendy and serve great food and not be ridiculously overpriced (as most other DC restaurants are)? Turns out that the answer is Y-E-S. Reservations for the main dining room need to be made in advance, but my friend and I walked in on a whim and snagged a table in their lounge area after hanging out at the bar for half an hour. The food, the service, the ambiance, and the wine were definitely worth the wait!

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What did you do when you visited DC?


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