Unique things to do in Washington
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Travel like a local
The United States capital is not only an epicenter of American history. It’s also one for culture which is on display at its restaurants, on U Street, and behind the secret doors of a historic mansion. When it comes to the iconic things to do in Washington, DC, explore with a fresh perspective on a tour of the White House with a former Kennedy staff member; at twilight on e-bikes to see the National Mall; and on running tours to cover more ground. With Airbnb Experiences, locals help you see the city through their eyes with unique activities.
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What do locals do in Washington DC?
Washington, DC is an extremely walkable city, and many locals skip the Metro and ride shares so they can enjoy the storied streets by foot. Hill East (part of Capitol Hill) is a family-friendly neighborhood that makes for a low-key stroll or bike ride to enjoy charming homes; meanwhile those looking for a more lively outing head to U Street (also known as Black Broadway for its impressive African American arts and culture scene) and H Street NE for the arts and some of the best food in the city. In-the-know residents of the capital city of the United States head to the museums after hours, when the crowds have dissipated.
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Join Washington insiders at the National Mall
What better way to learn about the National Mall favorites such as the White House than with the people who had access to presidents and their staff? Tour the perimeter of the White House to hear entertaining stories in places like Lafayette Square from political insiders.
Go on food tours
Walk the beautiful Potomac River, see parts of the Georgetown University campus, pass by historic churches and homes — and top it off with coffee and donuts. Explore Washington’s African American food, art, and music on a neighborhood tour. Taste a sampling of locally owned restaurants in Old Town. For those who want hands-on history, master French macarons, Puerto Rican dishes, and Italian cookies, among other goods, with local chefs during cooking classes.
Kayak to the National Arboretum
One way to avoid the crowds of walking tours: take a kayak instead. On a kayak tour, a local expert shares stories about the Anacostia neighborhood and its surroundings, including the story of the Peace Tree, which survived the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, and was later gifted to the Arboretum.