We're all steeped in images and information from Washington, DC, but there's nothing like seeing it in person. The District's unforgettable skyline is highlighted by some of the world’s most awe-inspiring museums, celebrated monuments, statues, and temples--each telling their own fascinating story. And beyond the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue, you'll find eclectic neighborhoods, an enticing food scene, and alluring nightlife. Don't miss Dupont Circle’s cosmopolitan outdoor dining, shops, and Victorian architecture, or nearby Georgetown for its famous upscale shops, nightclubs, and fine dining. The District is compact, but it's loaded with all the components of a spectacular pet friendly getaway.
Best Time To Visit
Though they're popular seasons for tourists, spring and fall are the best times to visit Washington, DC with your pets. The entire city celebrates the cherry blossoms in late March or early April, and in late October everyone enjoys the fantastic autumn colors. Summer, which can be quite hot and humid, is when the city’s best festivals take place, making it popular with visitors as well. As you can imagine, lodging prices during the peak season can be steep. If you're looking for hotel deals, winter has its perks, though be prepared for snow and cold.
Things Not To Miss
There are few places in the America more inspiring than our National Mall & Memorial Gardens. Walk from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and enjoy dozens of sights in between.
Take a stroll and enjoy views of the Potomac River and the Georgetown Historic District at Georgetown Waterfront Park.
Rent a SUP or kayak at Key Bridge Boathouse and paddle the Potomac. Be sure to bring a life vest for your pup!
Woof, woof, woof for the home team at one of the Nationals' dog friendly games.
Purchase a one-day pass ($10 per dog) and join the ranks of the K9 Corp, a members-only dog walking group at the Historic Congressional Cemetery.
Snap your pet's picture with the statue of Fala the Scottish Terrier at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Connect with nature on the pet friendly trails at Theodore Roosevelt Island or Rock Creek Park.