Our Leon USA family have put this guide together. It’s full of their favourite local haunts; their take on the tourist spots actually worth the queue; and sneaks in a visit to our newest Leon DC location on New York Avenue.
Drop your bags at The Line Hotel in buzzy and multi-cultural Adams Morgan. Then stretch your legs and walk over to 14thStreet where you can sip on margaritas at El Centro or throw back an award-winning craft beer at ChurchKey. If you’re lucky and it’s baseball season, make your way to Nationals Park in the Navy Yard or catch some live music at the legendary 9:30 Club where famous names from Bob Dylan to The Beastie Boys have played.
Rise and shine to hit the National Mall early before the crowds. Start at the Lincoln Memorial and take a stroll down Constitution Avenue. Snap a photo “holding” the Washington Monument or catch a glimpse of yourself in the Reflection Pool. Before reaching the Capital building, stop by the Botanical Gardens and learn about the Corpse Plant, named after its terrible smell which only blooms every few years. Make sure to visit one of the eleven Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall. Bonus, all of these have free admission.
Grab a scooter and zip towards the swank shops of City Center featuring stores such as Dior, Gucci, and Hermes. Recharge your phone at the Apple store in the recently restored Carnegie Library whilst recharging yourself at LEON New York Avenue location with a quick lunch. Head back down 8thstreet to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum houses the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House. The must-sees include Michelle and Barak Obama as well as rapper LL Cool J. Feeling sporty? Capital One Arena is home to the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions – The Washington Capitals as well as the NBA’s Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Then rest your feet and head back to the hotel for some down time before dinner.
Dine with both a view of the White House but also the ghosts of US presidents who frequented Washington’s First Saloon, Old Ebbit Grill. Not so into the political history? Check out one of Chef/Humanitarian Jose Andres’ restaurants such as tapas-centric Jaleo or if you plan WAY in advance, be one of twelve lucky people to dine at his exclusive Minibar location.
After dinner head to the Wharf, one of DC’s newest hotspots. The revitalization project is home to the Anthem, this stunning venue was voted one of the best places to see a concert in the US. You can also walk down the boardwalk and end your night at Pearl-Street Warehouse – tucked into an Instagram worthy cobblestone street. Relax with a brew or cocktail and listen to great rock, country or blues artists.
Wake up and experience the sunrise from a paddleboard on the Potomac or take an early walk along the Tidal Basin – home to DC’s gift from Japan – thousands of Cherry Blossom trees. Or head to Union Station and sign up for a DC Duck Tour and get a view of the Nation’s Capital from both land and water in this 1940’s amphibious craft. After, make sure to partake in DC’s favorite past time – Brunch. Your best bet? Settle down with a great buffet and Mimosas or Bloody Marys at Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown. Leave room so you can stop into Baked and Wired for a delicious “chipwich” ice-cream sandwich to bid your final farewells to Washington DC.