Washington, DC is more than just the US capital. It is 61 square miles of food, history and a ton of fun. There are so many things to do in DC, and I was lucky enough to live in DC for a semester in college.
Because of my extended stay, I was able to learn about the ins and outs of the city, and created an itinerary for anyone’s interests in 1, 2 or 3 days. So here it is, the best things to do in DC!
I think the internet may be tired of bucket lists, especially related to travel. You want to see Machu Picchu! Go to Paris! Swim with dolphins! We get it already.
But there’s something cathartic to writing a travel bucket list–the more overzealous, the better. It gives you something to dream about, to save up for, to keep going through the daily grind for. There’s a difference between saying you’ll go to the Great Wall of China someday and making the plan by writing it down.
The Denver food scene still hasn’t grown as popular as Los Angeles (outside of tacos, that is), but it’s certainly up-and-coming. Tons of new restaurants are popping up all of the time, including a new Shake Shack in May 2018.
In fact, there have been so many new restaurants opening in Denver, it’s becoming difficult to cut through the noise and find the most outstanding places. Since food is such a vital part of any trip, I’ve used my resources as a local Coloradan to create a guide to the best food in Denver (with some help from my foodstagram, @theplaincheeseburger!)
Update: the ice castle in Dillon will be closed on March 10, 2018
Who doesn’t love a good castle?
Colorado doesn’t have very many castles, but this winter in the mountain town of Dillon, Colorado, an Ice Castle was built! This structure is made entirely of ice and snow, and it’s incredible to look at.
I love when there’s a new and exciting thing to do in Colorado during the winter, especially since I don’t ski or snowboard. It’s also a bonus that it’s one of the most unique and Instagramable things to do in Colorado right now!
You’ve seen the photos, you’ve heard the stories: Hanging Lake is the ultimate Colorado hiking destination! With its beautiful turquoise lake and spectacular waterfall, it’s no wonder that Hanging Lake has made it onto countless bucket lists. As a native Coloradan, I only made it out to this amazing destination last year!
The lake technically isn’t around Denver, as it’s about a three hour drive in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. While a truly fantastic sight, the lake has had struggles in the past few years from an increase in tourism. Soon, the trail may limit the amount of visitors each day, so make sure you plan ahead.
As with any hiking adventure, preparation is key. The trail to Hanging Lake is viewed as moderately difficult, so having the right gear can make or break your trip! Here are recommendations of the best travel gear for weekend trips to Hanging Lake.