Destination Showdown: Boston vs. DC


It's a colonial clash as our nation's capital, Washington, DC, duels with one of America's oldest cities, Boston, MA.

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
Oyamel Mexican Restaurant
401 7th St NW, Washington, DC
Looking for some exotic Mexican food? Head to Oyamel, where you can get everything from mole French fries to grasshopper tacos.
Sam LaGrassa’s Sandwich
44 Province St, Boston, MA
Get a classic East Coast grinder at Sam LaGrassa’s sandwich shop. This Boston establishment serves up piled-high pastrami subs and incredible New England Clam Chowder.  
Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC
Get your pasta on at Filomena in Georgetown – serving up homemade pasta made fresh (by the “pasta Mama”) daily.
Union Oyster House
41 Union St, Boston, MA
America’s longest-operating restaurant, Union Oyster House is a staple in East Coast cuisine. Serving up traditional oysters and seafood, this is the place to dine like a Kennedy.
Ben’s Chili Bowl Restaurant
1213 U St NW, Washington, DC
A DC staple, Ben’s Chili Bowl serves up some of the best chili on the East Coast. Famous diners include Bill Cosby and President Obama.
Doyle’s Café
3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA
The original home of Samuel Adams beer, Doyle’s Café is the perfect place to grab a drink with the locals.
Round 2: Where to Sleep Round 2: Where to Sleep
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC
The Mayflower Hotel is the pinnacle of DC elegance. Even President Truman stayed there while the White House was under renovation.
Liberty Hotel
215 Charles St, Boston, MA
For a dose of history with your hotel stay, check out the Liberty Hotel, which was once the Charles Street Jail.
Hotel Rouge
1315 16th St NW, Washington, DC
For a hotel that won’t break the bank, the funky Hotel Rouge offers all of the finest amenities without the hefty price tag.
Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School St, Boston, MA
For classic Boston lodging, check in at the Omni Parker House Hotel, home to the Boston cream pie.
Round 3: What to Do Round 3: What to Do
DC National Mall
Lincoln Memorial? Washington Monument? Smithsonian Museums? All can be found here at DC’s National Mall.
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA
The oldest ballpark in the country, Fenway is a staple of America’s pastime and a symbol of Boston.
Boomerang Boat Tour
To see the city from a different perspective, check out the Boomerang Boat tour. Here you can get your drink on while passing by some of America’s most important monuments.  
Boston Freedom Trail
Boston’s full of history, and the best way to see it all is to follow the Freedom Trail. Here you will pass by everything from Faneuil Hall to Paul Revere’s statue.

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