Tourist in Washington DC

Headed to the District on your own and not sure how to make the most of your trip? Not to worry—we’ll fill you in on the best activities in DC for traveling alone.

Enjoy the food scene

You can’t miss out on DC’s famous food scene during your visit. Solo travelers can take advantage of bar seats or scoot up to the chef’s table at restaurants like Filipino all-star Bad Saint, Basque cidery Anxo, or H Street’s all-in-one boutique/restaurant/cafe Maketto.

Explore a neighborhood

Take a day by yourself to meander through the streets in neighborhoods like funky Columbia Heights, bustling Capitol Hill, or quaint Georgetown. Bring a book and sit at a local coffeeshop to get a true flavor of the local scene.

Visit the Smithsonians at your own pace

No need to feel like you’re being rushed through an art gallery or that you’ve stayed in one place way too long. Enjoy walking through (free!) museums like the modern art-focused Hirshhorn or National Museum of American History and spend exactly as much time there as you’d like.

Go to Congress

It’s definitely worth it to take a tour of the Capitol, trust us. To see American democracy in action, you can contact a Congressional Office if you’re a U.S. citizen or the Capitol Visitor Center if you’re an international visitor. If you’re traveling alone you’re likely to score a same-day pass.

Go on a tour!

Whether you’re interested in Segway tours or more into foodie explorations, there’s a tour in DC to suit every personality. Find a District tour that appeals to your interests (and budget) and get walking!