The most popular Washington, DC destinations to visit in 2018

January 25, 2018 / Washington, DC

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to explore more? Start by heading to the nation’s capital and experiencing the most popular venues from 2017. The perfect way to explore and discover Washington D.C. you’ll get a little taste of everything the city has to offer at these seven locations.

Top destinations in DC

Restaurant | Old Ebbitt Grill

Located just steps away from the White House, the Old Ebbitt Grill is Washington’s oldest saloon. Once a boarding house, some of America’s greatest historical figures spent varying amount of time in the building including President McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Warren Harding. Over the years the saloon has moved to several locations, but today it stands on 15th Street and serves a variety of traditional pub fare, steak, and seafood.

Where: 675 15th St NW

Bar | Barcelona Wine Bar – 14th Street

The perfect spot to grab a glass of wine or cocktail, the Barcelona Wine Bar is a Spanish-inspired wine bar offering more than 400 wine options and a modern twist on classic Spanish cuisine to complement your drink choice. Don’t miss a chance to try the house paella, patatas bravas, and tortilla. Barcelona Wine Bar is the perfect taste of Spain right in Washington D.C.

Where: 1622 14th Street NW

Landmark | Arlington National Cemetery

Open seven days a week, visit the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families at the Arlington National Cemetery. A beautiful tribute to those that have fought for our country, the Arlington National Cemetery spans 624 acres. Guided tours are offered daily.

Attraction | Lincoln Memorial

Built to honor the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln memorial monument has been a major tourist attraction since its creation in the 1930s. The building includes a marble sculpture of President Lincoln, inscriptions from Lincoln’s “The Gettysburg Address” and his Second Inaugural Speech, and several murals.

Where: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW

Entertainment venue | The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Don’t miss the chance to catch a show at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, also known as The Kennedy Center. The center was created with the mission to provide classical and contemporary performances in an independent facility that is self-sustaining and privately funded. A living memorial to President Kennedy who had a passion for the performing arts, The Kennedy Center hosts more than 2,000 performances each year as well as touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts. Check the website for a list of upcoming shows.

Where: 2700 F St NW

Park | Smithsonian National Zoological Park

One of the nations most popular zoo and conservation sites, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park cares for more than 1,800 animals representing 300 species. You’re sure to have a zoo experience unlike any other with 18 areas to explore across 163 acres. World-class zoologists and veterinarians care for all of the animals and the park serves as a research facility for Conservation Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability, Conservation Genomics, Migratory Birds, and Species Survival.

Shopping | The Wharf

Shop along the water with the backdrop of the Potomac in this unique district. The Wharf shopping mall includes a variety of stores and boutiques as well as dining and beverage services. The Wharf is not only for finding your next favorite outfit. In addition to shopping, you can walk the piers, rent kayaks, listen to live music, and visit some of DC’s most famous attractions.

Are you feeling ready to explore Washington D.C.? Start building that 2018 bucket list and don’t miss this variety of historical and new attractions.