Day 3 is pretty much random (you can probably split into Day 3 and 4 if you’d want). With my friends Day 1 and 2 of this itinerary was Day 1 through 4 just because we slept in the First and Third day! Plus, it didn’t help that the 3rd and 4th day was drizzling the whole time!
Some of the things I missed this time around was the following (some I’ve been to and some I haven’t, but I’ll put it as an itinerary):
- Smithsonian National Zoological Park: If you’re an early bird and your local zoo doesn’t have Pandas this is a must see.
- Washington National Cathedral: If you like Gothic style cathedrals, this one has great arches and the stain glass windows are pretty cool. However, if you’ve been to Europe and seen those cathedrals, this cathedral is just mediocre and standard of all the cathedrals. It’s definitely newer.
- The United States National Arboretum: If you like gardens and the National Botanical Gardens was not just enough for you. You can visit here!
or if you don’t really care for the Zoo, Cathedral, or Arboretum in the day time I recommend the following:
- Bureau of Engraving and Printing: You can take a free 40 minute tour and see millions of dollars being printed. However, the tickets are first come first served. The ticket booth is located at Raoul Wallenburg Place (formerly 15th ST, SW), opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes when all tickets have been distributed for the day.
- Walk the Tidal Basin: Check out the Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Memorials. (If you decided to go to the bars on Day 1, you can always end your day by walking towards the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument)
- Take a bus/metro to Arlington Cemetery or the Pentagon.
For night time, there’s always Adams Morgan and the U Street Corridor :p
Another dinner spot that I highly recommend is Kapnos. This place is Tapas style. Everything we had was amazing! which was Pikilla (sampling of three spreads – tyrokafteri, taramosalata, and melitzanosalata), Spit Roasted Chicken, Charred Octopus, and the kolokithokeftedes. The one thing I dislike about DC is that you have to reserve almost all the good food places (for lunch and dinner!)