The Locals’ Guide to Washington, D.C.

In the run-up to ACR 2015, ACR members and staff share their top spots in the city.


May 2015

As attendees flock to the capital city for ACR 2015, local members and staff are welcoming visitors to our city with a list of our favorite places. Here’s where you’re likely to find us when we’re out and about.




At less than a mile walk from the Marriott Wardman Park, Rise Bakery is Adams Morgan’s five-star gluten-free bakery. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or a quick snack. Be sure to try one of their renowned croissants, cinnamon rolls, or cream cheese muffins. These baked goods go fast, so early risers will have the most choices.
— Raina Keefer, ACR Press senior editorial manager

The best restaurant near the US Capitol: Charlie Palmer Steak. Aside from great food, the rooftop view looks right over the capitol.
— Ian R. Peterkin, MD, FACR, radiologist at Washington Radiology Associates, PC

I love the Well-Dressed Burrito. Hands-down the best burritos north of Texas and east of California. Don't be put off by the name — there's no dress code at this tiny hole-in-the-wall. Its entrance is literally located in an alley. Up until recently it didn't even have a sign: you just had to know somebody who knew someone who was related to the line cook to get in.
— Chris Hobson, Imaging 3.0 content manager


My favorite restaurant is Zaytina, where you can get tapas-style dishes from Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon. The food is impossibly good. Plus you’re right down by the National Gallery, so you may as well pop over.
— Lyndsee Cordes, ACR Bulletin managing editor



 The National Harbor sights are fairly new and worth a look. You can ride a Ferris wheel right on the water, do some shopping, try a new restaurant.
— David T. Boyd, MD, MBA, neuroradiologist at Progressive Radiology and president of the DC Metropolitan Radiological Society


Check out the National Arboretum. They have a prize-winning collection of azaleas, rhododendrons, and dogwood, which will be in bloom at this time of year. Explore the herb garden, where science meets beauty. The ancient bonsai trees were gifted to the U.S. from Japan and China. Also, it’s free!
— Behram Pastakia, MD, FACR, nuclear radiologist at VA Hospital and Medical Center and vice president of the DC Metropolitan Radiological Society

Walk across the bridge to Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River. It is left in its natural condition while surrounded by D.C. and Rosslyn, Va. It is an oasis in the middle of all the action.
— Bruce E. Rubin, MD, FACR, former chair and medical director of radiology at Washington Adventist Hospital


The Newseum is always fun. It’s a fascinating look at the world of journalism. You’ll find exhibits on the Lincoln assassination, 9/11, the Civil Rights movement, and more. Like its tagline says, there’s more to every story. (Hint: Discount tickets available here.)
— Diane Dunne, ACR senior director of marketing, communications, and public relations


If you have access to a car, consider getting out of the city to see some of the Civil War battle sites. The countryside is beautiful, and you’ll learn a lot about the history of the war and see where the events really took place. (Here’s a guide to Civil War sites in the area.)
— Brett Hansen, ACR Press senior managing editor

Stand up paddleboarding is popular this time of year, especially on the Potomac. A variety of companies rent out boards, offer lessons, or even teach paddleboard yoga in the middle of the river. It’s actually a lot easier than it looks! (Hint: You can often find paddleboarding deals on Living Social.)
— Lyndsee Cordes, ACR Bulletin managing editor


Take a nighttime tour of the National Mall. After midnight, the space has its own beauty and charm, particularly the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the reflecting pool looking out to the Washington Monument.
— Behram Pastakia, MD, FACR, nuclear radiologist at VA Hospital and Medical Center andvice president of the DC Metropolitan Radiological Society

Live Events


If there is a baseball game while you are here, a visit to National's Stadium is very worthwhile. Even if you do not attend a game, there is no entry fee for the fairgrounds just outside of the stadium, where you can listen to live bands and get food and drinks.
— Bruce E. Rubin, MD, FACR, former chair and medical director of radiology at Washington Adventist Hospital

You’re just in time to catch “Freedom’s Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War” at Ford’s Theatre. It closes May 20. It is fabulous (and only 95 minutes). It tells the story of the Civil War in song vignettes, inspired by actual letters intermixed with the words of Abraham Lincoln.
— Julie Pearce, ACR education project specialist


For that intrepid jazz fan who wants to do something off the beaten path, check out the Bohemian Caverns. Located in a subterranean lair beneath the thrum of U Street, the Caverns sport faux stalactites and a menu filled with things like lobster mac & cheese and jerk chicken pasta. Located just a few blocks away from the U Street metro stop, and close to another DC landmark — Ben's Chili Bowl — you can't go wrong with a trip to the Caverns.
— Chris Hobson, Imaging 3.0 content manager

If you’re looking for indie music, you might be surprised by what D.C. has to offer. Your best bets are Lincoln Theatre and the Black Cat.
— Mahnaaz Wolf, ACR senior marketing specialist

The free Twilight Tattoo parade takes place on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. This live-action military pageant features soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band Pershing's Own. You’ll also hear the U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from the U.S. Army Band Downrange and U.S. Army Band Voices, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and the U.S. Army Drill Team.
— Sally Cook, ACR Compliance & Assessment Manager

More Information

Check out these city guides for more information about what to do while you’re in Washington, D.C.

  • Going Out Guide: Information on nightlife and top attractions from the Washington Post
  • Washington, D.C. Design Guide: An art-centric guide from the popular blog Design Sponge
  • A Creative D.C.: Information about events and creatives living and working in D.C. Check the THIS WEEK / NEXT WEEK feature for current events.

What are your must-see sights in the city? Tell us in the comments!


Photo credits: ©Caratti, ©nojustice, ©adiabatic, Rise Bakery, Zaytina, National Arboretum, Newseum, Bohemian Caverns

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