It’s hard to decide, while standing in Columbus Circle just outside Union Station in our nation’s capital, which direction to go first: the Capitol Building stands yards away but Washington Monument reaches skyward not far in the distance. Next you’ll see a glass Bikestation hut adjacent a Metro escalator. Whichever mode you decide on you’ll soon be cruising town, above or below, feeling one thing: a single weekend in Washington, D.C. can cure most anything.
A friend heading to Washington, D.C., on a business trip seemed the perfect excuse for my weekend reprieve.
That’s when I found myself, late last month nearing midterms, booking tickets on the veritable northeast bus line BoltBus. Total roundtrip cost from New York City: $60.
A joint venture between Greyhound Lines and Peter Pan Bus Lines, BoltBus tickets start at $1 — though a more common ticket runs between $5 and $30 — with service between New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, D.C. and Maryland. If you go to school in the Northeast, chances are you’re aware of the line or have at least seen one speeding down I-95.
If only to congratulate yourself for making it halfway through the semester, take a friend along and treat yourself to an adventure in our nation’s capital. Average travel time: four hours.
Where to eat:
Breakfast and coffee at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill (1517 Connecticut Ave NW; 202-387-1400) in Dupont Circle is a mashup of bookstore, coffee shop and resturant. Grab the morning’s news and blueberry pancakes with fruit compote and hickory bacon ($11) before heading out on your first day.
After visiting Capitol Hill (Visitor’s Center; East Capitol St NE & First St; 202-226-8000), Good Stuff Eatery (303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-543-8222) maintains American staples: handcrafted burgers, fries and milkshakes — a malt shop to clog the arteries in the heart of America. For fans of Top Chef, you also may run into Spike, who runs the place.
Fitting for dinner, though heavier on the wallet, La Tasca (722 7th St NW; 202-347-9190) is the perfect quick bite on your final night. Their ranging menu of tapas leaves nothing to the imagination and if you’re willing to splurge, the sangria blanca ($25 pitcher) is well worth it.
Deadmau5 in concert at the 930 Club in Washington DC.
Where to play:
If you want to catch some music after an afternoon of paddling the Potomac (Jack’s Boathouse; 3500 K. St. NW; 202-337-9642; $12), DC has a strong music history and some great clubs. Roughly between George Washington University and Howard University you’ll find several.
DC9 (940 9th Street NW; 202-483-5000) is a scruffy-but-loveable venue with an intimate concert space. The calendar is always full of local and national acts that share one trait – fierce independence.
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW; 202-667-4490) is a landmark alternative rock venue that welcomes everyone from up-and-coming metro area bands to next-big-thing international acts. The Red Room bar boasts one of the city’s best jukeboxes.
The 9:30 Club is one the nation’s best-known and best loved clubs. Named the Top Club at the Billboard Touring Awards three years straight it has hosted everyone from Bob Dylan to Frank Ocean to Adele. No matter who’s on the bill, stopping in earns you a worldwide badge of rock and roll honor.
What to do:
Saunter by the South Lawn and take the obligatory snapshot of the White House (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; 202-456-7041). You could drop in for a tour, though that’s usually reserved for high school class trips and private parties.
And besides, you’ve yet to grab your hiking boots and walk through the Smithsonian National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave NW; 202-633-4462) where you’ll find a variety of more than 2,000 animals in the 163-acre zoological park. The zoo offers free daily events like Meet a Small Mammal (re: hedgehog) or a Sea Lion Talk and Feeding.
Sports fans and penny pinchers rejoice, Wizards basketball tickets often are inexpensive the week before a home game at the Verizon Center (601 F St NW; 202-628-3200). Take a look on StubHub.
Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge (1900 N Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209; 703-807-2000; $105) is just across the Potomac and steps away from the Rosslyn Metro station if you’re heading into downtown.
District Hotel (1440 Rhode Island Ave NW; 202-232-7800; $89) is just off of the Dupont Circle Metro stop.
The Allen Lee (2224 F St NW; 202-331-1224; $84) is in the heart of George Washington University and a few blocks west of the White House.
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