6 Things to do in D.C. Before Summer Ends

By Annie Bryan | August 22, 2018 | Lifestyle

Some things are just better experienced in the summer. Make sure to hit up these DC staples before the trees start changing color:

1. Swing by One of the FRESHFARM Markets While all the Summer Crops are Still in Peak Season

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

2. See the City's Monuments Like You've Never Seen Them Before

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.

3. Spend the Day Lost in DC's Most Juicy Secrets

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!

4. Take in the Beautiful Scenery at the National Arboretum

National Arboretum

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

5. Finally Pamper Yourself

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

6. Listen to Music Like You Should

National Gallery of Art

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)