Travel Like A Celeb
Who goes there?
US capital Washington DC is rich in both history and modern day glamour, so it’s no wonder big stars visit the area. Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Beyoncé
and Jay Z, you name it, they’ve all been to DC. Just a few months ago, Britney Spears was in the area to perform at Maryland’s MGM National Harbor Resort while Gal Gadot filmed scenes for Wonder Woman in DC and nearby Alexandria.
What to do
DC is a compact city and the government buildings and major landmarks, like the White House and Capitol, are all in one place – the sprawling parkland of the National Mall. One of the best ways to see everything is a half-day tour with Bike and Roll DC (bikeandrolldc.com) – it’s super flat and less exhausting than walking and your guide will take you to all the famous spots. To explore the area, head to DC’S trendy new Wharf area, where a riverboat water taxi (potomacriverboatco.com) gives you quick and easy access to other parts of DC and beyond, from historic Georgetown (where Angelina stays when she’s in town) to Alexandria, across the river in Virginia.
The latter is a pretty town, both full of history and packed with independent stores selling everything from vintage gear to modern craft. Check out local artist studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center or visit one of the many amazing bars and restaurants. You’ll see why it was
Barack and Michelle Obama’s favourite date-night spot when they were in the White House.
If designer shopping is more your thing, head across the river to National Harbor, home to the fantastic Tanger Outlets Mall. This riverfront town in Maryland is also a great place to eat out, or take a ride on the Capital Wheel.
DC has everything from fine dining to street food. Kith and Kin, in the Wharf’’s Intercontinental, features African and Caribbeaninspired cuisine. For an affordable treat, try brunch at Fig & Olive in Central DC. National Harbor is another great area – try Mexican at Rosa Mexicano.
On a budget? Head to DC’S buzzy riverfront district for huge Italian style pizza and cold beers at All Purpose Pizzeria.
Central DC’S 14th/u Street area has something for everyone, from swanky cocktails to all-night dancing. Bar Pilar has happy hour cocktails or head to DC9 for live music and a rooftop bar. The Wharf’s laidback bars feature glorious river views.
Want to stay like the stars? The Intercontintental has riverside views and a newly opened rooftop pool – rumour has it
Usher was a recent visitor to the penthouse suite! Prices start from £170 per night.
On a budget? Downriver in Alexandria, the Kimpton Lorien & Spa is a pretty boutique hotel with prices from £135 per night. It’s a 30 min water taxi or drive from here to DC itself.
See DC’S old town via trolley bus
Angelina in Georgetown
See the DC sights from a water taxi on the Potomac
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW – better known as the White House
Chris Pine and Gal Gadot on set
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor
Drink in style: DC’S classy bars