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Top 20 Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

If you’re headed to Washington, D.C. for MicroStrategy World in April, there will be no shortage of things to do, see, and eat. Whether you’re planning trips into the city between sessions or adding a day or two to your trip to explore after the conference, you’ll want to check out some of the great things D.C. has to offer. Below is our guide to exploring the nation's capital.

Places to Explore

  • Dupont Underground - A subterranean streetcar station in Dupont Circle that’s been transformed into a new public infrastructure project to support creative collaboration, contemporary arts, and an ongoing conversation about the city.
  • Eastern Market - Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market is a multi-cultural destination for visitors with farmers’ markets, local arts vendors, and more.
  • Georgetown - Georgetown is a charming, historic neighborhood with shopping, restaurants, and walking paths along the Potomac River. It’s also a great place to rent a kayak!
  • Union Market - Union Market features local restaurants, artists, and designers in a space constantly bustling with activity, complete with pop-up shops and creative work spaces.
  • Rock Creek Park - If you’re itching to get some open air, check out Rock Creek Park for beautiful scenery. Activities like horseback riding, concerts, picnicking, golfing, tennis, hiking, biking, and boating are also available.

Art and History to Experience

  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture - A huge hit since opening last September, this museum is devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Whether you have thirty minutes or two hours to explore, this living memorial is worth the trip.
  • The Phillips Collection - This museum rotates unique collections, including more than 4,000 works ranging from masterpieces of French impressionism to American modernism and contemporary art.
  • National Building Museum- Lesser known among the D.C. museum circuit, the National Building Museum tells the stories of architecture, engineering, and design throughout our nation’s history.
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Modern art lovers will adore the Hirshhorn. Don’t forget to walk through the sculpture garden!
  • Lincoln Memorial - Completely iconic, the Lincoln Memorial is a must-see in D.C., towering over the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial - The history behind this memorial is as awe-inspiring as its Roman architecture.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Located on the National Mall, this memorial pays tribute to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action. The memorial consists of three separate parts: The Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Things to Eat

  • Lincoln’s Waffle Shop - Grab some waffles from this beloved breakfast gem of more than 20 years.
  • Zaytinya - If Mediterranean food is your thing, Zaytinya is a must. Greek tapas with a great wine selection.
  • Oyamel - Some of our favorite authentic Mexican cuisine in the city.
  • Estadio - A contemporary Spanish restaurant located in the fashionable Logan Circle neighborhood.
  • Mintwood Place - If it’s warm enough, we recommend sitting outside at this French-inspired spot, set in a cozy farmhouse style building.
  • Sakuramen - At the end of a long day of sessions, sometimes nothing sounds better than Ramen. This is our go-to for a hot bowl of broth and noodle goodness.
  • Fainting Goat - A great craft beer selection and delicious food makes this one of our favorite spots for a relaxing meal with friends.

To learn more about MicroStrategy World, including information on customer speakers, special events, and more, visit the event website—and register today! We hope to see you in D.C. in April!

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