Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington DC near The Normandy Hotel
Busy streets of Washington DC facing the Capitol building
Vibrant cherry blossoms bloom over water's edge near Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC
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Things to Do

Lively Sights & Washington DC Attractions

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Stay at The Normandy Hotel and you will find yourself in prime position to experience all that Washington, DC has to offer. Spend a delightful day with your family and an abundance of amazing animals at the National Zoo. Explore diverse neighborhoods like Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle where shopping, dining, and people-watching opportunities are in no short supply. Spend your Sunday strolling through one of the top farmer's markets in the country at the vibrant FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market or getting in touch with your inner nature lover at Rock Creek Park. And make sure to set aside plenty of time for the multitude of historic landmarks, from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument to the National Mall and Washington National Cathedral.

All Things Fall in Washington D.C.

Excellent weather, strikingly colorful foliage, and cozy vibes make Fall one of the best times to visit Washington D.C. The season is also packed with new museum openings, fun outdoor and indoor events, and events ideal for singles and families alike. Cheer at a sports game, spook yourself out at a Halloween-themed event, get your cultural fix at a museum or monument, or just relax by a cozy fire to make the most of the autumn season in our country’s capital. 

  1. Fall also means free in Washington D.C., as many museums, monuments, and events cost nothing to attend. For example, visit the National Arboretum, or check out the fall concert series at the National Gallery of Art. The famous Washington Monument, which has recently been renovated with a new elevator that allows a look at historic interior walls, is also free. To get some exercise as well as explore the city, climb the Exorcist Stair, 75 scenic and steep stairs at 36th and Prospect Streets in Georgetown. In addition to exercise, these steps have significance for movie buffs: Father Karras stumbled and perished here in the in 70’s film the Exorcist, and the stairs have a historical designation. r pay tribute to the spooky season by attending a DC by Foot ghost tour. Tours cover Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Embassy Row, and highlight D.C.’s ghostly history.
  2. Fall Foliage: The drop in temperature creates beautiful fall foliage that is easy to capture in photographs and fun to visit. The peak season of fall foliage is October 19 – November 2nd, so try to time a visit around these parameters. Popular spots to view the foliage include the National Mall, U.S. National Arboretum, Meridian Hill Park, Rock Creek Park, Georgetown, waterfronts, U.S. capital, all of which are free to see.
  3. Fall Festivals. Fall is a popular time for festivals in D.C. Trendy neighborhood Union Market hosts the Things go Fall Classic, a large concert with big-name artists and lots of fun. For a more unconventional celebration, the Maryland Renaissance Festival also takes place this fall. An artsy experience is the 29 rooms exhibit: an “immersive world of cause, culture, and creativity,” where you can explore and interact with differently themed rooms.
  4. While exploring different D.C. neighborhoods is fun all year round, it has a more charming feel during the fall. In addition to shopping for gifts in artsy Dupont Circle, just walking around and eating out can be an excellent way to celebrate fall. Additionally, check out this list for restaurants with outdoor fire pits to cozy around.
  5. Sporting is huge in D.C. in the fall, and there are a bunch of different events to check out. For hockey, watch the recent Stanley Cup Champions the Washington Capitals play hockey, check out an NBA game at the Capital One Arena, or watch the Washington Redskins in the NFL playoffs. For more local school spirit, catch Georgetown, George Washington, and American University basketball games.
  6. Art and museum exhibits reign during the fall, because new exhibitions are often revealed. For example, the National Museum of American History will open an exhibit on Elephants and Extinction on November 3rd, including an exploration on the U.S. ivory consumption and the United States’ efforts to study and conserve the elephant population. Several other museum exhibits highlight women, including a photography exhibit called “Live Dangerously” with women and their connection to the natural world which runs until January 20th. Learn more about exhibits here.

Stay with us at the Normandy Hotel to be at the center of fun activities this fall in Washington D.C. Located in Dupont Circle, close to lots of monuments, fun neighborhoods, and world-class shopping, it’s ideally located as a jumping-off point for your D.C. adventures.


Area Attractions

From national museums and historic theaters to modern art galleries and more, there are countless attractions to see during your stay at The Normandy. Click below to learn more about DC's must-see spots during your visit. 


National Monuments + Government Buildings

You haven't done DC until you've visited the National Mall. After-all, the icons of our Nation's Captial are the bread and butter of Washington DC tourism. While you're here, immerse yourself in the heritage and history of the United States at famous monuments and memorials like Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and much more. Below are just a few of the many historic sites to see in DC. 


Embassy Row

With so many things to do in Washington DC, make sure you take a walk down Embassy Row, a legendary Washington DC neighborhood, consisting of grand mansions dating as far back as the late 1800s. Embassy Row and its neighboring streets are popular destinations to soak in the unique architecture of all the buildings. With more than 170 embassies, we have chosen a few of our favorites that we hope will land a spot on your travel itinerary. 

Food + Drinks

Explore some of the many acclaimed restaurants near Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. Whether you crave classic American fare or delicious cuisine from around the globe, you'll find something to satisfy your appetite in D.C.'s trendiest neighborhood. Grab a quick bite between business meetings, plan a romantic dinner for two, or enjoy a classic cocktail at one of Dupont Circle's popular lounges. There's something sure to please every palate just around the corner from The Normandy Hotel. Click below to discover your new favorite dish. 


Fine Dining

Quick Bites

Bars & Lounges


Wellness + Fitness

Exceptional health and wellness are right outside your door in Dupont Circle! Whether you're a dedicated Yogi or an aspiring cyclist, there are plenty of ways for you to stay on top of your health goals during your stay at The Normandy that are less than a mile away. Learn more about some of our favorite ways to break a sweat in Dupont Circle below.