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Whether you are visiting on a business trip or a weekend getaway with the family, our concierge crafted Destination Guides offer a variety of ideas of things to do through the seasons in Washington, DC.


The National Arboretum is a 446-acre living museum 2 miles from the Capitol. Experience the fall gardens, collections and breathtaking fall foliage. The garden is surrounded by the iconic National Capitol Columns, which supported the East Portico of the US Capitol from 1828-1958.  


Discover some of fall’s favorite activities with pumpkin celebrations, fall harvests, and corn mazes with Fall Harvest Family Days at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate. The celebration will take place on various dates through the season.

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The emerging fashion district of City Center provides upscale, boutique shopping reminiscent of New York’s 5th Avenue. For a more eclectic vibe visit 14th Street, where local, trendy shops line streets with unique finds.


Virginia is home to over 250 wineries and vineyards, many just a short car ride away from Washington DC.

The Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Discover why Virginia is “Wine Country” with a vineyard tour. Don’t forget your camera to share your experience!  


Old Town Alexandria is a classic, charming town with unique buildings and historic sites that dating back to the earliest days of The United States. With a mix of vintage and upscale outlets, Old Town is a beautiful place to visit when visiting the Washington, DC area.

The Ritz Carlton Recommends: Ferry rides from the Alexandria Waterfront include tours and scenic sightseeing of fall foliage around the National Harbor and Georgetown Waterfront.