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Washington DC is one of my favorite (if not the favorite) city to visit. Whenever I’m feeling some type of way about life and my purpose here on earth I go to DC to get it all sorted. I’m always reminded of the importance of being in service of others in this city. And I always come away from DC feeling better and full of hope for the future.
The Melting Pot in Technicolor
This city is full of people of different race and nationalities living amongst each other in harmony. Washington DC is a melting pot done correctly. I can happily wander the streets, walking in tune with the vibe of the city. Every day is vivid, live and in Technicolor.
Washington DC is the perfect city to visit if you’re a museum geek (like myself). There is a museum or monument showcasing just about anything you can think of.
Solo Travel in DC for Women over 50 – Bring your walking shoes
As in any city, be street-savvy and aware of your surroundings while in DC. It’s very easy to get distracted in this city because there’s always some type of demonstration going on, a tour guide leading a group of tourists or people just hanging out.
Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash
Traffic is horrible so I don’t recommend renting a car. Once you drive across one of the bridges into Metro DC, it’s like being in a fishbowl. You want to escape but you can’t get out. Public transportation, Uber, or walking is the best way to get around. Parts of DC at night are not well lit. If you are a woman traveling solo at night, use Uber or a taxi.
Where to stay: Airbnb
I recommend staying in the metro DC area. However, hotels in the city are outrageously expensive.
To check prices for hotels in the metro DC area, click here.
If you’re looking to save money, I highly recommend staying at an Airbnb in one of DC’s many neighborhoods. Click here to see which Airbnb I stayed at. This was my first time using Airbnb and I was blown away by the experience. The hosts, Larry and Paulette were freakin’ amazing. And when I go back to DC, I will be staying here again.
For $40 off your first Airbnb stay (and $95 travel credit for me), click here.
Their home is located in the peaceful and quiet neighborhood of north Brightwood. It was the ideal place to stay since it was in close proximity to public transportation and beautiful Rock Creek Park.
A Sip of Wine before Bed
After a long day of exploring the streets of DC it was nice coming home (yes it felt like home) to white fluffy robes, comfortable slippers, and a glass of wine…all provided by my hosts (and their cat, Rocket). My private room came with a continental breakfast (amazing coffee), an endless supply of bottled water, snacks and a bathroom right across the hall (and did I mention wine).
They opened their home (and refrigerator) to me like I was a visiting old friend. Paulette was nice enough to give me a tour of Georgetown before dropping me off at a Starbucks.
Georgetown – One of DC’s many Hip Neighborhoods
I can sip coffee at the Georgetown Starbucks and people-watched for hours. I had an engaging conversation with a young man, an interpreter for immigrants, who was studying medical/legal terms in Arabic. This city makes you want to do good for others.
During your visit to DC, be sure to hang out in Georgetown. I recommend strolling down M-street to window shopping and embassy-gazing. If you are an architectural geek like myself you will fall in love with Georgetown. If you get thirsty stop by one of my favorite Starbucks (3122 M street SW). This area is one of the stops on the BigBus Tour (see below for more info on the BigBus Tour)
Things to this do this weekend in Washington DC
However, walking is my favorite way of getting around DC. But I will grab a bus or take the Metro when my feet start talking to me.
Big Bus Tour
I don’t care how many times I’ve been to DC I can never get enough of the Big Bus, hop-on/hop off tour. This is a great way to get to know DC. You can purchase the Classic, Premium or Deluxe tours. I recommend purchasing the Deluxe ticket because it comes with a night tour, BigBus-style. Totally amazing! Click here to buy your ticket.
Or see the most notable monuments of DC at night by trolley. The Korean War memorial comes alive at night. The light and the darkness bouncing off the statues facial expressions is haunting. You can almost imagine what it was like to be a soldier on patrol.
Click here to buy your ticket to Monuments by Moonlight: Night Time Trolley Tour
See DC by Segway
I recommend the 3-hour Segway Tour by City Segway Tours for those folks who must do a Segway tour in every city that they visit. This is an amazing way, other than walking, to experience Washington DC up close and personal. Click here to check prices.
The Kennedy Center
I never miss an opportunity to see a performance at the Kennedy Center. I was able to see the Alvin Ailey Dancers which I can now scratch off my bucket list. For more information go to kennedy-center.org.
Check out the Food Trucks and Museums at the National Mall
There are so many museums that line the National Mall that I think it’s impossible to see them all in one visit. Work your way down from Capitol Hill to the White House. Here’s a list of some them you don’t want to miss.
- Natural Gallery of Art
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
- Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
- The Holocaust Museum (not quite on the National Mall – hang a left at 14th Street SW, right before the Washington Monument)
- National Museum of African American History (not on the mall – hang a right at 14th street before you get to Washington Monument)
Stop at one of the many food trucks that line the National Mall if you get hungry from all the walking and museum-browsing.