Contributed by Rob from Trip Hacks DC
After the workshops, panels and networking events are over, one of the best bonuses of DC PodFest is the opportunity to explore our nation’s capital! If you’re in town for the weekend you will only have a limited amount of time, but with this one-day itinerary you can really maximize it.
Coffee with Honest Abe
Have a hearty breakfast at your hotel, grab a cup of coffee to go and head over to the Lincoln Memorial for the exclusive DC PodFest trivia tour hosted by Rob, the founder of Trip Hacks DC. This two-hour tour will take you around the monuments and memorials on the National Mall. Rob has trivia questions that he’ll ask along the way. It’s perfect for any Jeopardy fan, history buff, or anyone who wants to learn about our country’s greatest monuments.
Trip Hacks DC will run this exclusive Monumental Trivia tour for DC PodFest attendees from 10am-12pm on November 11th. Use this link for a 25% discount on tickets.
Lunch on the Waterfront
After the tour it’s a short walk to The Wharf, the brand-new destination on the Washington Channel. The new development is only a year old, but the Maine Avenue Fish Market that you’ll pass on the way over is actually the oldest operating fish market in the country! Stop at one of the vendor barges for steamed crabs seasoned in Old Bay. Or try a cup of chowder if the November weather has you feeling a little chilly.
If seafood isn’t your thing, take a stroll around The Wharf and have your pick of restaurants. Slurp oysters on the half-shell at Hank’s Oyster Bar, sample the guacamole and tuna ceviche at Mi Vida, or stop a Shake Shack for a burger and shake. If you have a sweet tooth you’re in for quite a treat. Pair freshly baked doughnut from District Doughnut with a scoop of Dolcezza Gelato; or experience a blast from the past at the Southwest Soda Pop Shop.
After lunch, burn off those calories by walking around the shops at the Wharf. Politics and Prose is a unique to DC bookstore that has an assortment of reading materials as well as space for author talks, book signings and other fun events. If you’re looking for a souvenir to take home that’s more interesting than a White House snow globe, pop into the Made in DC store. The shop features all kinds of products made right here in the District, including some interesting food and beverages.
Afternoon at the Museum
One everyone’s favorite things about Washington, DC is the abundance of completely free museums. After a few hours at The Wharf, hop on the free Southwest Neighborhood Shuttle which will take you right to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The museum has pieces like the Apollo 11 command module, Spirit of St. Louis and the Wright brothers’ plane. It’s the most popular museum in DC and one of the most popular in the world!
If planes and spacecraft don’t get you excited, that’s OK! The National Mall has something for everybody. If you’re a U.S. history buff, you can’t miss the National Museum of American History. If you’re an art lover, the National Gallery of Art is a fantastic collection of both classic and modern pieces. And if you’re a plant person, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States, with approximately 65,000 plants in a relatively small area near the Capitol building.
Enjoy the Night
It will already be dark by the time the museums close at 5:30pm. Walk over to the Archives Metro station and ride the green line a few stops north to the U Street station. When you exit Metro, walk a few blocks over to the 14th Street corridor, one of the hottest areas to eat and drink. Sunday night isn’t the most happening day of the week, but on 14th Street there should be plenty of people out and about.
Start with Happy Hour if you’re still recovering from lunch. Cork Wine Bar & Market specializes in Old World wines and food pairings. If you taste something you like, the attached shop sells bottles to-go. If you’re more of a cocktail person, duck into Left Door, a cozy little bar that specializes in rare and unusual drinks and ingredients. Farther down 14th Street is Churchkey, a beer-lovers bar that opened in an era before every bar was a beer-lovers bar. At any given time, you can try beer from dozens of taps and hundreds of bottles.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite the hardest decision you’ll make all day is where to eat dinner. If you’re a planner, try for a reservation at Le Diplomate, the French bistro still considered by many the best restaurant in the city. At Compass Rose the menu covers cuisine from all over the world. For smaller plates, try Tico, which is best known for its Latin American-style tapas.
If you have any energy left at the end of the day, stop for dessert at Ice Cream Jubilee, frequently voted the best ice cream in DC. Or keep the party going at any of the bars on 14th Street that will be open into the night.