Dems in DC: The Travel Guide

This is the first installment of our new summer-long series, Dems in DC! For the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing tips about the city, profiling some of our members currently interning in DC, as well as offering some internship advice. If you have any suggestions on topics, please email communications@penndems.org.

There’s so much to do in DC, so we asked some of our Exec Board members for suggestions on the best places to go while you’re in town. Here are some of our favorite places:

Best Affordable Food

  • Tortilla Coast – located right by Capitol Hill, this restaurant is a great place for interns and Congressmen alike. Turns out it was Sen. Ted Cruz’s secret HQ during the government shutdown negotiations.
  • Tonic – there’s a bar and outdoor seating downstairs, lots of room upstairs, and great food all around! Plus it’s right on GW’s campus. What more could you want? Make sure to try the Tots.
  • Pret a Manger – with locations all around DC, this chain is great if you want cheap, wholesome food on the go.

Best Brunch

  • Founding Farmers – the only thing better than this restaurant’s name is its brunch. Located at 20th and I, Founding Farmers is also extremely accessible.
  • Lindy’s Red Lion – you don’t want to miss this cheap, delicious restaurant right in Foggy Bottom.
  • Farmers Fishers Bakers – the set price brunch menu might seem a bit pricey at first, but the food is incredible and you definitely get your money’s worth.
  • Busboys and Poets – these restaurants scattered across DC offer a cool atmosphere and try to build a “community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted, a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul, a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide.” Plus, their food is amazing. 

Must-See Tourist Attractions

  • National Museum of American History – see the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner and more at this Smithsonian museum.
  • The Newseum –  make sure to block out a day to explore the history of news and see the Anchorman exhibit that’s there through the end of August.
  • National Portrait Gallery – if you want to take a moment, slow down, and enjoy some classics, this is the place for you.
  • US Capitol –  book your tour in advance and explore this historic building.
  • National Zoo – free admission to see pandas, elephants, lions and more!

Hidden Gems

  • Library of Congress – it’s the largest library in the world, and it’s got some great architecture too!
  • Baked and Wired – their large, delicious cupcakes without a long line are absolutely worth the trek into Georgetown.
  • Jazz in the Garden – every Friday enjoy live jazz with pitchers of sangria or beer while enjoying a beautiful sculpture gallery.
  • Brew at the Zoo – celebrate the zoo and enjoy some great beer! If you volunteer for the event, you get free admission, so it’s a great opportunity.
  • Dupont Farmers Market – right off the Metro and at the beautiful Dupont Circle, you can find all the fresh fruits and veggies you could ever want!

 

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