The nation’s capital is one of the most diverse—and welcoming—cities in the world. Explore DC with this LGBTQ+-friendly itinerary featuring the arts, culture and family friendly activities.
Day 1: Arts & Culture
Get creative in the morning by watching local artists at work in their own studios along 14th Street and in Dupont Circle. Then head to the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum to view art preservation in progress and see classic and contemporary works in this massive art complex.
Pick from any number of performing arts venues for a cutting edge matinee, including the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Penn Quarter, Studio Theatre on 14th Street or Signature Theatre in Arlington. In search of music? Listen in on the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington or Different Drummers band.
For dinner, sample local flavors under twinkly lights in a forest-inspired setting at Firefly near Dupont Circle or feast on modern Indian fare at chic and stylish Rasika (a favorite of Rachel Ray). Finish your evening with a late-night program at the Hirshhorn or Freer and Sackler galleries and then unwind over a glass of wine at one of DC's many wine bars.
Day 2: Family Friendly DC
Start your day at one of DC's many family-friendly museums, such as the must-see classics like the National Air and Space Museum (where “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” takes place) and National Museum of American History (home to First Ladies’ gowns and Dorothy’s slippers). Kids and teenagers alike love the high-tech tricks at the International Spy Museum, as well as the entertaining animals and summertime concerts at the National Zoo.
Take a break for lunch at any number of family friendly restaurants. Try out the bargain bites at Busboys and Poets or the tasty local flavors and fascinating décor at Founding Farmers. Kids dig the delicious pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso or the yummy milkshakes at Burger Tap & Shake.
Get a new view on some DC classics with performances just for kids at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre, great baseball seats (and sweeping city vistas) at Washington Nationals game, or a moonlight tour of the monuments with Old Town Trolley, Big Bus Tours or Bike and Roll. Let the kids end the evening with a dip in the pool at places such as the Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle or The Liaison Capitol Hill.
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