What better way to honor our fallen armed forces than by spending Memorial Day in the nation’s capital? Washington, D.C.’s National Memorial Day Parade is, unsurprisingly, one of the best in the country, with a spectacle of floats, performers, and marching bands set to take over Constitution Avenue for a spirited celebration.
During your stay in the bustling metropolis, check in to the regal Mandarin Oriental at the Wharf, located just 20 minutes from the White House and a few miles from Lincoln Park, where the crowds will be gathering for Monday’s events. The waterfront hotel is fresh off of a $20 million renovation that was completed last year, upgrading the 373 rooms and suites into contemporary, chic abodes. Head to the on-site restaurant, Muze, for a relaxed dining experience featuring Asian-inspired cuisine and local fare like fresh oysters and lobster.
Continue the celebration by indulging in a whiskey-tasting experience like no other. The Rye Bar inside the Rosewood hotel offers more than 30 different brands of rye whiskeys, all savored in the handsomely appointed bar with scenic views of the canal.