The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., awaits—just a quick two-hour flight to the north. Join the masses this summer for the LGBT March on Washington in June, and while you’re there, enjoy world-class dining, fascinating museums and pageantry, too.
It’s been two years since the landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage, but the future remains uncertain. Join hundreds of thousands in our nation’s capital on June 11 for the largest LGBT civil rights since 2000.
Over the past decade, the reinvigorated 14th Street corridor has become popular with Washington’s young professional class: Try the local favorite, Ted’s Bulletin, 1818 14th St. NW, for fancy comfort food and alcohol-infused milkshakes. And, don’t forget to order homemade pop tarts. The bustling brasserie, La Diplomate, 1601 14th St. NW, offers an upscale French dining experience. Ghibellina, 1610 14th St., serves up earthy Tuscan pizzas in a rustic industrial space wtih a distinctive marble bar.
Even though Washington’s LGBT community has been migrating eastward to Logan Circle and Shaw, Seventeenth Street in Dupont Circle is still home to many venerable drinking institutions: JR’s Bar & Grill, 1519 17th St. NW, is especially popular on Mondays when the entire bar bursts out into show tunes. Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW, is a multi-level restaurant, bar and club complex. The happy hour crowd can be found a short walk away at Number Nine, 1435 P St., where creative cocktails are 2-4-1 until 9 p.m.
If you enjoy museums, the hottest ticket in town is the new Smithsonian African-American History Museum, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. For a different side of Washington, check out Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, the immaculately preserved home of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. The best show in town is the Friday Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets SE, featuring performances by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Band and Drum & Bugle Corps.