Top Things to do in D.C part 2
Top Things to Do in Washington DC
Our nation’s capital, where huge dreams for America have come to fruition, is still one of the most exhilarating cities in the country. From endless historical monuments, to museums documenting art and culture, there are endless things to do. Soak up some of the best moments with these activities that even locals rave about.
See a Show
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Kennedy Center for short) is a performing arts venue in Washington DC. that sits along the Potomac River. Find your favorite off Broadway plays, dance performances and even galas here. The Kennedy Center is also well known for it Kennedy Center Honors event, where significant contributors to art, comedy and music are honored for their lifelong achievements. Music buffs will delight in seeing the National Symphony Orchestra play at the Kennedy Center throughout the year.
Stroll the Mall
The National Mall is every tourist’s first stop in D.C., but no, there isn’t shopping. The stretch of long open grass returns freshness into the bustling city and is perfect for picnics and lazy days. It will also lead you to some of the nation’s most celebrated monuments, the Lincoln Monument and the Washington Monument. There’s something so inspiring about strolling the mall amongst thousands of people to see the monuments, whether you’re a D.C. native or visitor. You can also find the White House and U.S. Capitol building at the ends of the mall.
Survey Smithsonian Museums
Learning is fun again with all the elaborate, engaging museums to visit in the city. Many of the Smithsonian museums are free, and can easily fill up a day - or week - of your schedule. Relatively new to the museum lineup, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture is drawing in people from all over the country. The impressive museum is hard to miss with its upside down pyramid shape and bronze exterior. Another favorite museum, all though you will have to cough up some change, is the Newseum. Although not part of the Smithsonian museums, the Newseum chronicles all media forms throughout four stories. You will easily need two days to soak in the whole museum. The list goes on and on for inspiring museums worth visiting in the city - so find what peaks your interest/
Sea Otters, Snakes, and Sloths - at the National Zoo
The National Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country and free of charge to visit.You’ll find more than just lions, tigers and bears with nearly 2,000 animals to see. The zoo focus on conservation, so many endangered species are nurtured and given an environment in which they can thrive. If another zoo trip just sounds like a walk in the park, you may be interested in some of the events offered throughout the year like Boo at the Zoo, Zoo Lights, and Zoo Uncorked.
Scavenge through Theodore Roosevelt Island.
You might think you’ve left the city for good once you float out to Theodore Roosevelt Island, but this nature haven is just another aspect that makes D.C. so special. The island, located on the Potomac River, was actually planned and specially crafted, but now brings some much needed peace into the nation’s capital. Escape to the island and lace up for the trails!
Sip and Savor
D.C., might be rooted in our nation’s history, but the food and drink scene is revamping the city. With so many rich cultures living in D.C., international cuisine is flooding the city. Of course, there are some D.C. staples that you have to try just to check them off your list like Georgetown Cupcakes, made famous on DC Cupcakes, and Ben’s Chili Bowl, where former President Obama could often be found. But fine dining doesn’t stop at just cupcakes and chili. Nearly any cuisine or unique food experience can be found in D.C., and you will rarely come across a meal that isn’t to die for.
The Potomac River lies on the outskirts of D.C., and neighboring areas. When the summer sun is out, there is no better way to enjoy the weather and see the city than by taking advantage of the river. Kayak or paddle board down the river, passing monuments and the Kennedy Center. Pack a picnic and lay out on the grass at Gravelly Point along the river as planes landing at Reagan National Airport zoom above you. Grab a group of friends for a night out and take your party to the water on a boat cruise along the river for a night to remember. There are endless ways to see the city while enjoying the winding river.
While Washington DC may be known for its rich history and being the hub for politics, there are so many amazing things to discover in every nook and cranny of the city. Whether you consider yourself a foodie, a brew enthusiast, an art connoisseur or a nature junkie, this city will never cease to amaze you. There is always something new taking over, and tried and true attractions that are simply iconic. Find your favorite way to explore this endless city.