Washington DC is the heart America's political system; however the District of Columbia is a dynamic capitol city full of history, culture, fine dining experiences, and athletics. New business and leisure travelers, and those that frequent this city always find something new and exciting to experience.
Weather: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter - Washington DC experiences all four seasons. Many people tend to visit in the spring through summer months (mid March - mid August) and in the fall (September - November). Spring is quite pleasant, the Summer months are hot and humid, and Fall is absolutely beautiful when the leaves change. Winter months tend to be chilly, and the city may experience snow showers.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Women traveling for business, the attire is typically business formal: wrap dresses (as suggested below), suit/pants + suit/skirts. Men traveling for business, the attire is typically business formal: neutral colored button down shirts are paired with suit pants and/or jackets (as suggested below). Attire is conservative yet varies based on the season for men and women planning to visit for leisure. Papilia will assist you with all your shopping needs prior to departure.
For other suggested activities: pack hiking, workout gear, or dressy/nightlife attire.
Culture: Washington DC is a melting pot, full of diversity from the people to cuisine to the arts. Washingtonians are quite focused and serious on their Monday – Friday commute, however the after work hours and weekend vibe is much friendlier.
Shopping: There are numerous places to go shopping throughout the Washington DC area. Georgetown has a mix of outdoor and indoor boutique stores. Tysons Corner, Fashion Center in Pentagon City, and the Friendship Heights stores are indoor malls which you can visit via the Metro. Papilia will offer you shopping suggestions prior to your departure.
Some Suggested Activities:
Visiting the Monuments– Each monument has a unique charm depending on the season and time of day. A particularly special time to visit is in March when the Cherry Blossoms bloom over the Title Basin, home to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Hains Point located near the East Potomac River is another special location often overlooked when visiting Washington DC.
Georgetown – On the edge of Potomac River, Georgetown is an area full of boutiques, eclectic restaurants, and spectacular sunset views of Washington DC.
Cruise the Potomac – Take a cruise on the Potomac to witness a different view of Washington DC.
Art Galleries – Art is in the eye of the beholder. Smithsonian hosted galleries as well as private galleries located in Dupont Circle are worth taking the time to help you destress, slow down, and to simply see and appreciate.
Safety Tip: If you are traveling by Metro be aware of the operating hours; they tend to change depending on scheduled events.