City Guides

Washington D.C. City Guide

Washington D.C. boasts an impressive list of iconic and patriotic must-sees: the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, The National Mall, The Capitol and so many other commemorative landmarks that are an integral part of our country’s history.

Nestled amongst these landmarks, a fresh and modern D.C. culture is emerging with fantastic restaurants and bustling hot-spots. College brand ambassadors Arianna Firpo and Samantha Shafer give us a tour of these new favorite hang-outs and sites.

PACKING LIST As the country’s capital, Washington D.C. is truly a city of mixing and matching culture, style, and creativity. Definitive DC fashionistas combine trends from all regions of the USA with global-chic inspiration.

  • A pair of medium wash jeans are essential for casual daytime combinations and edgy evening ensembles
  • A leather or denim jacket to layer over feminine tops for afternoons of biking the National Mall
  • Comfortable flats or driving shoes for walking tours and sightseeing endeavors
  • A printed scarf for a subtle pop of springtime style that can keep you warm in the air conditioned museums

STAY The Sofitel Hotel Mere steps from D.C.’s most iconic sites, the Sofitel is lavish, luxurious and convenient. Marked for its modern-meets-Art-Deco décor, the Sofitel is a stylish and sumptuous retreat from the city. Enjoy views of the White House and Lafayette Square from your room’s sprawling windows!

The Graham Hotel A boutique hotel paradise, The Graham features a posh lobby, unique guest suites and a distinctive collection of modern art. Stationed in the heart of Georgetown, a stay at The Graham allows visitors the opportunity to take in the city’s best shopping and most breathtaking waterfront views.

DINE Farmers Fishers Bakers Featuring an extensive menu, in-house bakery, sushi counter and 24 craft beers on tap, Farmers Fishers Bakers offers memorable fare for every foodie. On weeknights, sample mouthwatering Big Country Tenders served with corn off the cob and thick-cut onion rings. On weekends, drop in for a brunch buffet and take advantage of the restaurant’s BYOC (bring your own champagne) policy!

Cava Mezze This upbeat eatery offers an assortment of authentic and delicious Greek cuisine like cava fries, house-made feta and mini gyros. The portions are small (in the Mediterranean mezze is a spread of appetizers or small foods) so venture over with an entourage of friends and plan to sample everything on the menu.

Ted’s Bulletin Touting itself a “real American classic joint,” Ted’s Bulletin is a retro throwback complete with lunch tray plates, jazz music and classic movies on repeat. Ted’s two intimate locations offer breakfast all day, juicy gourmet hamburgers and a mouth-watering selection of homemade Pop Tarts. Top off an unforgettable meal with an Oreo milkshake, served with or without rum.

DRINK Bodega Homemade red sangria, mouthwatering Spanish tapas, and frequent live music provide the perfect equation for a memorable night in D.C. Up the ante on girls’ night out by swinging by Bodega on Thursday night for flamenco dancing!

Lost Society Stationed on U Street, D.C.’s most popular late-night neighborhood, this local favorite transforms from restaurant to bar each evening. By 11:30 PM, a rooftop DJ is spinning popular tunes and the city’s most stylish are groovin’ on one of several dance floors.

DO The National Mall The expansive National Mall is a sprawling national park that includes the city’s most visited landmarks. Rent a bike and cruise past monuments for Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington. Pay tribute to fallen heroes at the Vietnam and World War II exhibits. Relax on a bench by The Reflecting Pool. Paddle boat the tidal basin between MLK and FDR’s memorials. If possible, coordinate your visit around D.C.’s historic Cherry Blossom Festival in April.

National Museum of American History The national Museum of American History puts fashion in its historical context for an exhibit history buffs and fashion lovers will enjoy. The First Ladies Collection, an exhibit detailing glamorous gowns worn by iconic first ladies from the past two centuries, pays homage to the inaugural styles Dolley Madison, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Obama.