Sweet, Sweet Summertime in Washington D.C.

You’re traveling to D.C. this summer and have heard all about the fun and free things you can do. See the Capital building, stroll through the Library Mall and maybe even visit the most famous house in America.

While the Nation’s Capital is truly a perfect getaway destination year-round, summer is when things really start to heat up (literally and figuratively).

Here are 6 reasons to visit Washington D.C. this summer:

  1. Hit the beach!
    Hit the beach in D.C.? Yep! The National Building Museum presents “The BEACH” which is a full blown indoor beach that lasts all summer. Equipped with nearly one million translucent balls, a snack shack, umbrellas and chairs this party will be a one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t miss.
  2. Catch a Ballgame at Nationals Park
    Whether you’re an avid sports fan or simply enjoy the great outdoors, the state-of-the-art Nationals Park has all of the amenities to fulfill your needs. Good food? Check. Good beer? Check. Good baseball team? Double check (for being in first place). Good company? That one’s on you!
  3. A Flick Under the Stars
    All summer long throughout beautiful Washington D.C., gather ‘round the big screen and enjoy a movie on the lawn with friends and family! From The Italian Job to Dirty Dancing, movie night just took on a whole new meaning this summer.
  4. Two Words: Paddle. Boarding.
    Paddle along the C&O Canal with plenty of locals in an activity that is sweeping the country! For just $20/hr, enjoy the scenery AND get a killer core workout. If paddle boarding isn’t your thing, you can also rent kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats!
  5. BBQ. All the BBQ.
    Now in it’s 23rd year, you can partake in one of the country’s best and largest barbeque competitions! Come hungry and watch as Pennsylvania Avenue transforms into a capital-sized BBQ pit. Enjoy live music from 30 different acts across three stages. The BBQ Showdown happens June 27 and 28.
  6. World Class Tennis
    The Rock Creek Tennis Center presents the Citi Open which welcomes some of the finest in professional tennis. This year the event will take place August 1-9 and will include names like Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. A world-class event for a world-class city. You can purchase tickets here.

Sometimes, you just want a nice patio to enjoy a cold beverage on. We’ve got ya covered there too by compiling a list of the Top 10 Patio Restaurants in DC! Need more live music? Look no further than our list of Washington DC Summer Festivals.

American Inn of Bethesda is your perfect hotel near Downtown D.C. and we want to ensure that all you have to worry about is enjoying the Capital. With our centralized location near all of your favorite D.C. hot spots, this time is now to visit the Capital for the first time or tenth!

It’s summer. Embrace it!