Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a place. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Washington DC?”
You might know it as a city of suits, political scandal, as the setting of Aaron Sorkin’s fast-talking West Wing protagonists. And true, Washington, D.C. is the political epicenter of the United States. However, it’s also an energetic and youthful city, one of the most diverse in the country, home to a slew of prestigious universities, free museums, global cuisines and lively bars. Something else unique about Washington? It’s remarkably skyscraper free. A height restriction keeps most buildings fewer than thirteen stories tall, meaning no matter where you are in the city, you can look up from that radically sensical grid and enjoy the clear blue. It’s the country’s capital — what do you mean, you haven’t been?