Some things are just better experienced in the summer. Make sure to hit up these DC staples before the trees start changing color:
Grab your picnic basket, fill it up with organic and wholesome goodies, and head to your favorite grassy spot for a perfect outdoor summer lunch (the market is open on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). Hit the CityCenterDC location if you'd like to eat on the National Mall, or swing by the DuPont Circle spot and enjoy your food perched by the fountain. 202-362-8889
Call up Reston Limousine and hire a tour guide to take you to your favorite restaurant (we suggest downtown staple Mastro's Steakhouse) and then cruising around DC's monuments. Take pictures when everything is lit up and finish up the night by grabbing some drinks at nearby bars.
If you think you've exhausted all of the city's historical attractions, guess again. The American Scandal Tour is a twist on the typical informational tour, where the focus is on all the juicy drama that's gone down amongst the nation's most prominent figures right here in town!
One of the most underrated national landmarks, the National Arboretum is especially gorgeus at this time of year. With views rivaling those of any other major park in the city, the space's history is also intriguing. Set up a private guided tram tour of the grounds to make your visit extra relaxing. 3501 New York Ave., NE, 202-245-2726
Get a blowout or a manicure in the morning (may we recommend Celadon?) then treat yourself to high tea at the National Cathedral and take a tour of the gardens in all their summer full-bloom glory. Bring a date, old friend, or a book and just enjoy the time to yourself. Celadon, 1180 F St. NW, 202-347-3333; National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-537-6200
Summer is definitely the best time for fun outdoor concerts with friends. Through August 24, head to Jazz in the Garden every Friday evening at the National Gallery of Art and listen to some smooth tunes. 202-842-6690
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY VIA DESTINATION DC (JEFFERSON AT NIGHT); PEGGY GREB (NATIONAL ARBORETUM)