One of the best things about Washington, DC is the access to many different amazing areas surrounding it. From Bethesda to Ballston, the Washington DC area has so much to offer.

After sitting down with some Hilton Team Members, I learned about some new spots near Washington, DC to explore myself! Check out what Joel Cannon, the Marketing Manager at The Madison, Portia Hood, the Director of Sales at Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Downtown, and Jeanette Reyes, the Sales Coordinator/Social Media Champion at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Georgetown Area love to do in the Washington, DC suburbs, along with a few of my own suggestions.

When asking Jeanette about her favorite suburban spots around Washington, DC, she said “I would always recommend Bistro 1521 in Ballston, VA. I feel that Filipino food has come into its own.” Ballston is booming with new restaurants, bars, and entertainment. You can even catch a Washington Capitals practice open to the public at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex. I recommend a stay at Hilton Arlington to be in the heart of all the Ballston action.

Alexandria is one of the most charming Washington, DC surrounding cities. With cobblestone streets and bistro lights hung over the streets, it may be hard to find a city with more character. Joel stated “there is a great cocktail bar in Alexandria that my wife and I love called The Peoples Drug. It is a classic little cocktail bar with all kinds of amazing drinks.” When the weather is nice, you can pick a dinner spot right on the river. It is a lovely place to take a stroll in the summer months!

Portia stated that her all-time favorite high-end restaurant in the greater Washington, DC area is the Inn at Little Washington located in Washington, Virginia. Going for an old luxury atmosphere, this restaurant feels like taking a step back in time and entering old Europe.

Bethesda is one of my favorite Washington, DC suburbs to spend time on the weekends. With new restaurants and bars opening weekly, there is always something new to try. One of my favorites is Summer House Santa Monica at Pike and Rose North Bethesda. It felt like we transported from Bethesda to California just by stepping in the restaurant! My husband and I made a staycation out of it by booking a room at the Canopy North Bethesda.

I also love browsing through the Mosaic District in Falls Church, Virginia. Just a short trip from Washington, DC city center, the Mosaic District is bursting with life. First, stop into Mom & Pop for an amazing coffee or gelato. For dinner, check out Alta Strada for some delicious Italian.

If you are looking for the best high-end shopping near Washington, DC, Tysons Corner is your place! With almost every store imaginable in this DC suburb, you will be sure to find what you were looking for. Make sure to grab a beer at Barrel & Bushel to cap off your shopping trip. You can even catch a show at Wolf Trap, a National Park for the performing arts in Vienna! Stay in the heart of the action at Hilton McLean.

No matter where your trip to Washington, DC takes you, you can be sure to find a suburb with plenty of exploring opportunities!

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