A day in the life of a Washington, DC local

For Washingtonian's, the goal is to make the most out of every day. If you can think of something you want to do, chances are you can find it happening nearby! There’s never a shortage of new brunch places to try or events to attend, and you can always find a friend to accompany you to a fitness class, beer garden or other activity. In our nation’s capitol, opportunities are endless and Washington, DC Local Expert Joshua is here to share his favorite summer weekend!

Picture this. It's a Saturday morning and you wake up to a few texts confirming plans for the morning. Some days it's a run around the monuments or a class at one of the seemingly infinite spin or yoga studios. Today, it’s climbing! Just a short ride away, you decide to hop on the metro with friends and head over to Virginia for some bouldering at Earth Treks, an indoor climbing gym.

After a few hours of hitting the rock walls, you decide to call it quits and head out to prepare for a fun and relaxing afternoon. Summertime is the best time for get-togethers, and what better way to spend the day than rooftop barbecuing and swimming. A must stop on the way is Union Kitchen Grocery, a shop that stocks mainly local products. You pick up some rosé and snacks, and continue on to relax by the pool and indulge in the best kind of conversations.

After a glass or two of wine, you head over to the Wet Dog Tavern, a dog friendly bar and DC’s first beer garden, to meet up with some friends and play with the crew’s newest puppy. We love our dogs in DC! On the way there, you stop by Compass Coffee for a nitro cold-brew to keep you energized and refreshed.

Following an afternoon of drinks and fun, it’s time for a little rest and relaxation. You make it back to your row house in the up and coming Columbia Heights area and relax for a few hours before hitting the town for the night.

The first stop of the night is Gloria’s, a cash-only restaurant serving authentic Salvadorian food. Pupusas, tortillas stuffed with pork, beans and cheese, are a must have on the menu! Next up, is dancing with friends at the Wonderland Ballroom. The DJ is playing throwback tunes, making it easy to dance the night away. As the night comes to an end and with plans to attend a show at the Kennedy Center the next day, you know you’ve made the most of your summer weekend in Washington, DC.

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