Where to Eat, Sleep, Learn & Play in DC for Inauguration Weekend 2017 and Beyond
The 58th Presidential Inauguration is scheduled to take place this week, with the official ceremony on January 20. According to close news sources, around 900,000 people from around the country are planning to attend events centered around the inauguration. If you’re one of the nearly one million people planning a visit, and are wondering what you can do while here in the nation’s capital, here are some ideas:
DC is not as known for its cuisine like other major American cities, namely New York, Philly and Chicago; however, the food scene in the district has improved dramatically in the last several years, with even some recognition from the renowned Michelin Guide. While the options listed below haven’t achieved that recognition, they are still very tasty and worth the trip:
Art & Culture:
As the home of Smithsonian Institute, Washington has world class museums under the Smithsonian umbrella, all open to the public for free. Because of the influx of visitors and locals who enjoy exploring art and history on the weekends, prepare for long lines and a lot of walking (or rent a Segway for some fun) on the national mall. Here are some of the most popular:
- American History Museum
- Air and Space Museum
- African American History and Culture Museum
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Where To Stay:
Hotel space will be at a premium in the city, so it may be wise to look outside, into the neighboring areas in both Virginia and Maryland. Doing so is not uncommon, in fact many of the individuals who work and play in DC live outside of its bounds. If planning to attend the inauguration or the parade, try to find a hotel close by a Metro (DC’s rail service) stop or inquire about shuttles to public transportation through your hotel.
How To Get Around:
Speaking of transportation, traveling on Metro can be a little confusing for first timers, and quite expensive. Metro’s website includes a Trip Planner which may be helpful to use before each of your adventures, and I’ve also included a map of the rail system below. Regarding fares, depending on the length of your stay, it may be wise to purchase One Day passes, which cost around $14.50 with a SmartTrip card, and are good for unlimited rides for the entire day.