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Things to do in NW Washingon

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in NW Washingon. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite NW Washingon attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in NW Washingon to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in NW Washingon.

  • Aroma

    Swanky martini bar More
  • National Cathedral

    Designated a national house of prayer by Congress, this neogothic Episcopal cathedral is the sixth largest church in the world. Construction began ... More
  • National Zoo

    A 163-acre reserve carved out of Rock Creek Park, the Smithsonian's zoological arm is a long-standing family favorite, where creatures from aardvar... More
  • Nevin Kelly Gallery

    Half of the artists represented by Nevin Kelly Gallery live in Poland, the rest are in D.C.: a delightful hybrid of old-world skillfulness and new-... More
  • Politics & Prose Bookstore

    Priding itself on its well-read staff and inside-the-Beltway speakers, this bookstore dating to 1984 makes its home in a nondescript neighborhood n... More

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