August Obsessions: Things to Do to Beat the DC Heat

Happy August!

Summer in DC typically means a lot of tourists and extreme heat and humidity. With COVID thrown into the mix, it can be a bit tricky to find safe , fun things to do. I’ve curated a list of a few of my favorite museums, restaurants, and other outdoor activities to get you out of your homes this summer. I hope this inspires you to get out and about this season!


  • Hillwood
  • Dumbarton Oaks
  • Renwick
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Spy Museum
  • Artechouse

Outdoor Activities:

  • Tour the monuments at night
  • Walk/Run through Rock Creek Park
  • Stroll the Arboretum
  • National Sculpture Garden

Restaurants (with Patios):

  • I Ricchi (Italian)
  • Ambar (Balkan)
  • Supra (Georgian)
  • Mintwood Place (French-influenced American)
  • Toro Toro (Tapas)

Bars (with Patios):

  • Wild Days
  • L’Annexe
  • The Graham
  • 12 Stories Bar
  • Pitcher’s

Additional Museum openings can be found here and a list of various restaurants with safe social distancing practices can be found here.

I hope this list inspires you to get out and about this summer! Please let me know if there are any locations or restaurants I should add in!



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