Thursday, 12, January 2023

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10 Things You Can’t Miss in Washington, D.C. This Winter

Your Comprehensive Guide to Winter in Washington, D.C.

Planning a winter trip to Washington, D.C.? From its state-of-the-art culinary scene to iconic museums and historical offerings, Washington, D.C. is one of the United States’ most beloved travel destinations, and for good reason. Although this charming city is full of exciting attractions year-round, the winter months hold unique appeal for a visit to the nation’s capital. Check out our guide for 10 things to do in Washington, D.C. this winter:

Th Pembroke restaurant in the Dupont Circle Hotel Washington

Visit The Pembroke During Restaurant Week

Sample D.C.’s incredible dining scene during Restaurant Week this winter. Enjoy dining specials at dozens of participating eateries and be sure to make a stop at The Dupont Circle Hotel’s charming and iconic restaurant,  The Pembroke. With its sophisticated charm and ambiance, you’ll experience some of the finest dining D.C. has to offer. Enjoy the tuna tartare, followed by the blackened salmon served on a bed of Tabouleh in a lemon caper butter sauce. Finish off your meal with a smattering of delicate profiteroles for a meal you’ll dream about for days to come. 


Lincoln memorial tower in Washington

Stroll The National Mall

With 25 million annual visitors, it’s clear that the National Mall is a must-stop when visiting Washington, D.C., and winter is one of the best times to visit. With fewer tourists and mild winter temperatures, it’s the perfect time to spend the afternoon poring over the Smithsonian’s endless exhibits, admiring the Lincoln Memorial, or strolling through the National Gallery of Art–the possibilities are endless. 


Exterior on the Keegan theatre in Washington

Catch a Show at The Keegan Theatre

Plan a stop at the charming Keegan Theatre to catch a show or simply enjoy the ambiance of this professional American theater. Offering spectacular musicals to award-winning classical productions, the stately red brick theater, located a short walk from The Dupont Circle hotel, has something for everyone.


The MLK memorial in Washington

Visit The MLK Memorial

Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Black History Month in February as you visit the iconic MLK Memorial, located along the Tidal Basin (home to the city’s iconic national cherry blossoms). Ponder the profound words of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech” and take a moment to admire The Stone of Hope as you wander through the peaceful, 4 acre memorial site.

The Dupont Circle Hotel’s Doyle Bar

Enjoy a Winter Warmer at The Doyle

Cozy up for a winter cocktail in The Dupont Circle Hotel’s  Doyle Bar. Enjoy the warm, sophisticated interiors curated by the world-renowned Martin Brudnizki Design Studio as you sip your drink and take in the sweeping views of the Dupont Circle neighborhood from the Doyle’s airy windows. Doyle is the perfect spot for a quick afternoon break or relaxing evening. 


Ice skates on an ice rink

Lace Up for Skating at The Wharf

For an ice skating experience unlike any other, be sure to pencil a stop at The Wharf into your itinerary. At Washington, D.C.'s only over-water ice-skating venue, you’ll enjoy stunning water views with glimpses of the city’s most famous monuments as you skate the day away. Make plans to attend The Wharf’s Hungry Hungry Hippo human tournament or lace up to show your support for Washington, D.C's beloved hockey team, The Capitals, at The Wharf’s “Rock the Rink” event. Ice skating at The Wharf is an experience you won’t forget.


Glass of red wine with luxury chocolates

D.C. Chocolate, Wine, and Whiskey Festival

Plan a visit to D.C. during the Chocolate, Wine, and Whiskey paradise this winter. Explore decadent chocolate delights and put your wine-tasting skills to the test at this culinary paradise that’s a must-visit for any food-lover.

Chinese new year decorations

Celebrate Chinese New Year

From its bustling Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood to the variety of celebrations throughout the city, Washington, D.C. is one of the best destinations in the United States to observe Chinese New Year. Attend the colorful Lunar New Year parade downtown or stop at Ice Cream Jubilee to sample their Chinese New Year inspired flavors. Museums like the Smithsonian even offer traditional cultural celebrations to honor the Lunar New Year. However you choose to celebrate, Chinese New Year in Washington, D.C. is an experience you can’t miss. 


The national air and space museum in Washington

National Air and Space Museum

Take a trip to the stars with a visit to the National Air and Space Museum. After a lengthy closure, America’s most expansive space-exploration museum is finally open again. Dive into the history of human space exploration, learn the ropes of aviation, and, of course, take a few moments to admire the iconic Armstrong space suit.

Pandas at the Washington, D.C. Zoo

Bike to See the Pandas at the Washington, D.C. Zoo

Take advantage of D.C.’s mild winter weather with a scenic bike ride to see the giant pandas at the National Zoo. Meet Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Tian Tian, some of the National Zoo’s most beloved, furry residents. It’s an experience everyone will love. 

Plan Your Winter Escape To D.C. Today

Whether you have a few days or even a few weeks to visit, the activities to enjoy in Washington, D.C. this winter are endless. From culinary delights to unforgettable activities, the United States’ beloved capital city has something for everyone.

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