Sightseeing in DC

The National Mall:

  • Home of many landmarks that make DC an iconic city
  • Our favorites include the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR memorial, and of course, the DC War Memorial, where we got engaged!
  • Take a quick cab ride, or use the Metro and get off at the Smithsonian stop (Blue/Orange line)

The Smithsonian Museums:

  • Not just one museum, but a gigantic collection of 19 museums, plus the National Zoo
  • Many of the museums are located on the National Mall
  • All of the museums are FREE to enter!
  • Take a quick cab ride, or use the Metro and get off at the Smithsonian stop (Blue/Orange line for museums, Red line for Zoo)

 

 

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The National Mall, from the National Monument all the way to the Capitol Building. Along the large rectangular space are several of the free Smithsonian museums, including the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Air and Space Museum.

This little guy lives across the street from us at the National Zoo!

This little guy lives across the street from us at the National Zoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local spots for food and fun

If you’re staying in town for a few extra days, or need a spot for dinner on Friday night, here are some recommendations. All of them are within walking distance of The Mayflower Hotel:

  • Luna Diner: Exactly what it sounds like – a diner with an extensive menu and colorful, hippie decor.
  • Mari Vanna: This might be a vanity plug, BUT, Mari Vanna is DC’s newest (read: second) Russian restaurant. On the heavier side, and definitely full of kitsch, if we wind up having an unseasonably cold weekend, you’ll want to come order some pierogies.
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: A DC establishment, this large bookstore/bar/cafe stays open until 1:00am daily, and 3:00am on Friday and Saturday. A perfect spot to go if perusing bookstores makes you exceptionally hungry.
  • National Geographic Museum: A few blocks away from the hotel is the headquarters of National Geographic. They have a great museum on the first floor with changing exhibits that focus on animals, significant historical events, and more.