Washington DC is replete with tourist activities, even late at night. Whether you are a visitor or a native Washingtonian touring the city capital after hours, you will appreciate these to-do things in nocturnal DC. Needless to say, some of these tourist attractions in DC are best visited late at night, especially if you are on a date.
The National Mall stays open all day so you can even choose to come here even after sunset. The cool weather of the Tidal Basin will sweep your date off their feet. The monuments along the mall provide a private space for reflection. If you choose normal working hours to visit the National Mall monuments, it would be a wise choice. However, there are many tour coordinators providing bike tours, and walking tour programs along the DC memorials, that recap American History.
U Street Corridor
This corridor in Northwest quadrant of DC is filled with history. At the onset of the 20th Century, U Street was a hotspot of nightlife filled with mostly African American community. Following the riots of 1968, it went on to become one of the most attractive places in the district. It is home to hot dog joints like Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Lincoln Theater and U Street Music Hall, which is one of the best nightclubs for music and dance.
Georgetown Waterfront Park
This small park run by National Park Service gets its name since it faces the Potomac River. It spans ten acres and curves along the river. It’s a sight to behold at night, to view a water fountain and the Key Bridge along the river by sitting on granite slabs along the towpath. If you are with someone, better sit in one of the benches, or lay in the pastures if you want to sit in nature’s lap. The park offers inner peace and a mini-retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of the city capital.
The Exorcist Steps
Towards the end of William Friedkin’s classic horror film released in 1973, a character gets thrown out of a window by a supernatural force, tumbling down the steps. The film’s climax is shot along the 97 steps behind a red brick house in Georgetown. It’s within walking distance of Northwest M Street. If you reach there, head down towards the Key Bridge and you will come across the house nearby a gas station. In the years since its release, the Exorcist Steps have become a destination especially for those touring Washington DC at night.