While Washington DC is known as 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, no matter which neighborhood you live in.
1. Go Swimming in the Great Potomac River
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. The Potomac River lies on the outskirts of D.C., and neighboring areas. 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.
2. Stroll the Mall with a Purpose
The National Mall is every tourist’s first stop in D.C., but for someone seasoned like you, move with purpose. 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. Find a summer festival and attend to really hone in on something you love and avoid the hordes of tourists for a more local bent.
3. See a Live 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.
4. Immerse Yourself in History
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. 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.
5. Uncover ruins at 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!
6. Become a Connoisseur of the Burgeoning Foodie Scene
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.