Sightseeing in DC
- 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)
- 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)
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.