Washington, D.C. is a trove of wonderful architecture and design. You have memorials created in the Roman style, bright graphic street murals – heck, even the metro arches are eye-catching. Here is the comprehensive guide to D.C. in a day for design lovers.
Start your day at the Salt Line. This New England-inspired restaurant has a clean and marine aesthetic. Get reservations for brunch and order a jaw-dropping, gravity-defying Perfect Storm Bloody Mary. It is both a culinary and architectural masterpiece. Make sure to add it to your Instagram story!
Walk off brunch with jaunt around the National Mall. Start by taking in the Capitol’s rotunda before making your way to the obelisk Washington Monument. From there, gaze at the Roman-style Lincoln Memorial. From the Lincoln, head toward the White House and take in the French Second Empire-style Eisenhower building next to the White House. It houses 553 rooms and two miles of black and white tiled corridors. (Fun fact: It was originally considered a monstrosity and compared to an asylum.)
The Renwick celebrates contemporary art styles and crafts. Walk among larger-than-life exhibits and learn about the innovative artists that make it all possible. And for those of you who enjoy architecture and history, this was the first building in the United States built with the specific purpose of being an art museum.
Dive into architecture and design exhibits at the National Building Museum. Unleash your inner kid with the interactive exhibits, especially during the summer block party installation at the National Building Museum. Previous years have seen a giant ball pit, a bee hive, and a giant iceberg.
Union Market is part Farmers’ Market, part shopping center all within an amazing warehouse-style location. Browse pop-up shops as you munch on empanadas. You can pick up some great D.C.-made home wares at the Salt and Sundry location in Union Market.
Support local artists and instead of buying from the museum gift shop, pick up a poster from Victory Dance Creative. Artist Anthony Dihle created a bright and funky neighborhood series so you can order one that reminds you of your trip and brings a little bit of D.C. design to your home.
These recommendations were updated on April 19, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.