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Don’t fret if the skies open up during your visit to DC—the city’s got plenty options for rainy days. Pack an umbrella and get ready for a day of fun!

Hit up the museums

Make your way to any of DC’s (free!) museums to spend a day browsing great artwork and history.  Need recommendations? The newly opened Museum of African-American History, already one of the most talked-about galleries in the city, should be your go-to for an educational, eye-opening visit.

200 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20230

While away the day in a café

Java lovers can nerd out in DC’s local Compass Coffee chain, which serves a variety of blends to match any palate. Head to the original Shaw location with a book in hand for a distinctly District vibe.

1535 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Read an all-time classic at the Library of Congress

Instead of trudging through the National Mall in the rain to see the monuments, see American democracy in action with a visit to the Library of Congress. You’ll get to see the Declaration of Independence and you can also curl up with a book or two while you wait out the rain in the stunning marble hall.

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

Hang out in the Capitol Hill Hotel

Don’t want to venture out into the elements when the weather’s looking iffy? Spend some time lounging in the warmth at the Capitol Hill Hotel. You can either get cozy in your room with a movie and room service or make your way to the Library for a free glass of wine every Monday through Thursday from 5-6 pm.

Explore DC’s fantastic restaurants

DC’s food scene is one of the country’s best, and a little rain won’t stop you from sampling some delicious fare. Restaurants like 14th Street’s Estadio and Foggy Bottom’s Rasika have plenty of indoor seating and some of the best food in the city.