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Things to do in White House/Downtown

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in White House/Downtown. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite White House/Downtown 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 White House/Downtown 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 White House/Downtown.

  • Park at Fourteenth

    One of the trendiest spots in Franklin Square, the four-story Park at 14th was opened by D.C. nightlife masterminds Marc Barnes, Masoud Aboughaddar... More
  • Political Americana

    Political Americana is a trove of presidential memorabilia, where you’ll find Christmas cards sent by the Eisenhowers and a diecast tie bar engrave... More
  • Round Robin Bar

    The Round Robin Bar, located inside Washington, D.C.’s Willard InterContinental Hotel, is steeped in history. Open since the 1800’s, the bar has se... More
  • Sky Terrace

    High atop the Washington Hotel, this aptly named open-air bar (open only during the summer months) serves up the best cocktail-hour views in town: ... More
  • White House

    To take a guided tour of the most iconic political building in the Western world, you’ll need to make arrangements well in advance—by submitting a ... More

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