D.C. is hot with culture and culinary delights during cold January
Average temperature low and high: 25°- 45°
The cold weather scares many people away from visiting Washington D.C. during January, but that just means less lines for popular attractions. Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by visiting his memorial and attending the parade in his honor. Learn more about the civil rights movement as a whole by visiting the Smithsonian Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You'll also have the opportunity to try the best culinary dishes across the city during D.C.'s Restaurant Week.
Put on your favorite onesie and join the DC Onesie pub crawl. Visit the best bars in Dupont Circle for drink specials, raffles, and fun. Tickets, which can be purchased here, cost $15 in advance or can be purchased on the day of the event for $40.
DC is the home of the Washington Nation Cathedral, the church where Dr. Martin Luther King preached his last Sunday sermon before his assassination, and the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. That said, it's a great place to celebrate MLK weekend. Each year there is a parade that begins at noon at 2700 MLK Avenue SE and continues to Anacostia Park for a free festival.
Try favored dishes from some of D.C.'s best restaurants during Metropolitan Washington Restaurant 2022. Participating restaurants will offer set menus ranging in price from $25 to $55 per person. Over 250 restaurants join in every year but tables fill up fast, so make any reservations early. For more information, go to the official website.
From concept cars to the hottest luxury vehicles, the Washington Auto Show features the newest technology, gorgeous vehicles, and various automotive-related exhibits across three floors of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Tickets cost just $12 per person and can be purchased here. Families wanting to attend will love the child play area designed to occupy younger visitors.
The California Deathfest brings to life the most extreme bands the underground can offer. The Deathfest never conforms to trends or aims to limit genre restrictions. Instead, the event showcases new and old music with diversity, sharing the best of death metal, grindcore, doom, thrash, hardcore, black metal, and experimental bands from all around the world.
Looking for something to get your adrenaline pumping? Then head down to the Capital One Arena for some excitment. See the country's most popular motor sport event: Monster Jam. Over 2 days, you'll get the chance to see giant, 10+ foot-tall, 12,000-pound monster trucks compete againt each other with jaw-dropping stunts and tricks. Tickets start at $47 and can be purchased here.
Every winter, Washington D.C. bundles up and straps on skates to enjoy ice skating at one of the numerous rinks that pop up. Whether you choose to hit the ice at the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art, amid beautiful art pieces, or skating the trail at Enchant Christmas, where you can stop at one of the food and drink stands lining the path, it's a fun and inexpensive way to spend an evening. If you tend to spend more time falling than skating, Pentagon Row also offers classes to help you refine your skills.
Visit the Smithsonian
Any trip to the nation's capital should include a trip to some of the greatest museums in the country. The Smithsonian is a group of museums where you can learn about and see artifacts from the history of the United States, view stunning artwork, and explore the multitude of cultures that have blended into our current society. The icy days of January are a perfect time to make the trip - since it's the off-season for tourism, the buildings won't be overcrowded. If you're traveling with kids, pick up the National Park passport in advance so you can get it stamped in the different buildings.