24 Hours in: Washington D.C.

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You know it’s our nation’s capital, but are you aware of all the fun things to do and great sites to see in Washington D.C.? Lucky for you, we have the perfect itinerary mapped out to help you make the most out of every minute – and penny – spent in the capital.

7:00 AM – WORKOUT AT [SOLIDCORE]

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Abs, abs and abs – everyone wants a solid core, so why not work out there? [solidcore] offers high-intensity 50 minute sessions that are done as slow as possible. But don’t let the “slow” fool you. Slow, controlled movements are HARD and will push your muscle groups to the point of failure. This is where the magic happens. When your body repairs the muscles, you’ll be learner, stronger and more defined than before. Single sessions are only $25, or if you’re feeling extra motivated 2 for $34. There are four sleek studios located throughout DC, so find the one closest to you!

9:00 AM – BREAKFAST AT RED APRON

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After your workout, nourish yourself with a powerful protein punch at Red Apron Butchery. There are only 7 items on the regular breakfast menu, so you know every single one is amazing. We recommend the Southern Comfort with tasso ham, egg, and tangy pimento cheese that’s served on a mouthwatering Italian flatbread. If breakfast sandwiches aren’t your thing, see the counter for the daily selection of pastries, yogurt and other breakfast eats.

10:30 AM – VISIT THE NATIONAL MALL

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If this is your first time in DC, there’s nothing quite like visiting the National Mall. This 1.9 mile national park will take you through some of the most iconic landmarks in the world: the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, United States Capitol and various museums. Try reserving a Segway Tour and glide through every historical site you’ve learned about since elementary school. It’s fun, and we guarantee you’ll learn something new.

1:00 PM – EAT LUNCH AT BONCHON CHICKEN

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While Bonchon Chicken offers drumsticks and chicken strips, it’s famous for its crispy double-fried wings. Order a combo so you can taste a little bit of everything – and definitely get the seasoned fries for your side. They’re tossed in house seasoning and parmesan cheese, topped with parsley flakes, and served with spicy mayo. Come prepared to leave full and happy!

2:00 PM – STOP BY THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

It’s not every day you get to see the longest running construction project in the nation’s capital. Construction began in 1907 and was finally completed in 1990. Gothic spires, flying buttresses and stained-glass windows make this one of the most impressive sites in Washington D.C. Admission is free, and you can tour it yourself in about 30 minutes.

3:00 PM – TOUR THE PENTAGON

Visit the building so large that it has SIX different zip codes. If that doesn’t impress you, consider this: the Pentagon is three times the size of New York’s Empire State Building! Tours take approximately 60 minutes. You must schedule a tour at least 14 days in advance, so be sure to request a tour here.

6:30 PM – EAT DINNER AT CLYDE’S OF GEORGETOWN

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This long-running local chain is known for classic American dishes and prices that won’t drain your wallet. It’s located in the heart of Georgetown, so you’ll dine with the locals at this dinner hotspot. We recommend the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, but if you don’t like seafood, the bacon cheeseburger is as satisfying as it gets.

8:00 PM – GO ON A D.C. GHOST TOUR

You thought politics and this year’s election were scary? Just wait until you take a ghost tour of the nation’s capital. Let’s be honest: Washington D.C. has a long, complicated history, so we all know there are ghosts floating around out there somewhere. Hear all about the political conspiracies, crimes of passion, assassinations and murders that happened right where you’re standing. Choose between two tours: the Ghosts of LaFayette Park or Capitol Hill Haunts.

11:00 PM – LIVE IT UP AT EIGHTEENTH STREET LOUNGE

Unwind at Eighteenth Street Lounge, a restored townhouse mansion famous for its cocktails. It has the energy for a party and dance floor, but also provides an intimate environment to socialize and chill. It’s located in Dupont Circle and is a local favorite. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions – it’s hard to find.