Road trip to D.C.
Road trip to D.C.
If you are born and raised in the United States, you must make at least one trip to Washington, D.C. in your lifetime. Whether that be a school trip to visit the White House or a weekend with your favorite intellectual friends to peruse the Smithsonian, it is a required trip.
Being that I live in NYC, it’s rare that I drive (except to grocery shop and visit friends that live in the boondocks). But thanks to a few of my homegirls, I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in June visiting our nation’s capital city and seeing all it had to offer us. Let’s just say that we came, we saw, and we conquered!
Here are a list of places to check out when in one of my new favorite cities, Washington D.C.
1) The National Museum of African American History & Culture: There is no doubt about it that this museum must be visited by every person of color at some point in their lives. This museum was one of the final projects that then-president Barack Obama brought to life during his presidency. Opened in September 2016, the NMAAHC is the only national museum devoted strictly to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. From the African slave trade right up to the final episode of the Oprah show, this museum brings you through every period in meticulous detail through the use of over 36,000 artifacts. Tickets are free, but you must log onto their website to reserve them months prior to your visit. Get there early because you need all of the hours in the day to take in every crevice of this phenomenal museum. (Don’t forget to pack a box of tissues!)
2) The Wharf (at Southwest Waterfront): Can’t go to a city without trying out their seafood spots. It’s just a thing of mine! I’m a HUGE seafood fan (fish, mostly). The Wharf is a mile-long stretch of residences, restaurants, and retailers along the Potomac River that you couldn’t possibly miss if your nose is intact and functioning. The Southwest Waterfront of The Wharf is where I recommend all my fellow seafood loving readers to go when in the city. You can get any type of crustacean or fish made to order with as much Old Bay, cayenne pepper or butter as you’d like. I suggest you come on an empty stomach and save room for some drinks to wash all of that goodness down.
3) Oohs and Ahhs: How many of us love a good, greasy spoon restaurant? (Raises both hands) Oohs and Ahhs is to D.C. what Amy Ruth’s is to Harlem. It’s located on the popular U Street strip, which is not short of restaurant, bars, and lounges. Oohs and Ahhs is popular for their deep fried fish/chicken, as well as their award-winning macaroni & cheese (Washingtonian Magazine). It’s also been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in July 2011. If you need any more reason to visit, one of your favorite celebrities have probably dined here, such as Angie Stone, Allen Iverson or Jay-Z to list a few. Make sure your airbnb is within distance after dining here. You’ll need to sleep that plate off.
4) Velvet Lounge: A weekend trip with the girls (or guys) wouldn’t be complete without some musical vibes involved. Velvet Lounge isn’t your posh, dress code type venue. While it has the word ‘lounge’ in its title, it’s more of a young, hip, dive bar with a couple bar stools. It’s one of those ‘stickers-plastered-all-over-the-walls” spots with boozy drinks and floor-shaking bass. It’s a double-floor venue with live music upstairs and DJs spinning downstairs. There’s also a patio out back if you want to take a breather from the work you’re putting in on the dancefloor (or puff, puff, pass with friends.) Depending on the night, there might be a small cover, but the cheap drinks and great DJs make up for it.