Best of DC - Attractions

Today we are continuing the Best of D.C. series with our top ten suggestions of places to visit.

1. Take a tour of the Capitol. Tours can be arranged through your Representative or Senator's office. If you want a chance to see Congress in session, view the schedule here. If you are interested in a quick meeting or photo with your Representative or Senator, ask the office when you schedule the tour. They will likely try to accommodate your request. 

2. Take a tour of the White House. While the White House is probably on everyone's must-do list in D.C., the reality is that you actually see very little of the White House and a limited number of slots are available. The White House tours are also scheduled through your Member of Congress. More information can be found here

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3. Stroll through Eastern Market. When we lived in D.C., going to Eastern Market on the weekends was one of our favorite activities. Eastern Market is located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. There is a variety of food and craft vendors. This is a great place to purchase souvenirs! 

4. Visit Arlington National Cemetery. Here, you can learn about the cemetery's rich history, witness beautiful landscaping, and pay tribute to the veterans/ soldiers buried at Arlington. Additionally, you can watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and visit JFK's gravesite. 

5. Go shopping in Georgetown. Georgetown has some of the best shopping in D.C. from specialty shops to high-end boutiques. Even if you are only window shopping, the neighborhood is beautiful and there are several places to stop for a bite to eat, including the famous Georgetown Cupcake

6. Tour the Smithsonian Museums. The Smithsonian Institutions include 19 museums and galleries and entrance is free! Our favorites are the National Air and Space Museum and the National Portrait Gallery

7. Go to a Nationals baseball game. One of our favorite ways to spend a spring or summer evening is at a Nationals game! The stadium is very easy to get to on public transportation and right inside the city. The Bullpen is a fun place to hang out before games. There are great food options inside the stadium, including Shake Shack and Ben's Chili Bowl. And, of course, one of the best parts of the game is the President's Race!

8. Walk the National Mall and Monuments. I recommend doing this activity both during the day and evening for different perspectives. Take a morning run or walk through the Mall and monuments and then come back in the evening at sunset. One of the best times to visit is during Cherry Blossom season

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9. Visit the National Zoo. Tucked in the Adams Morgan neighborhood is the National Zoo. Admission to the Zoo is free and is home to many exotic animals, including four Giant Pandas and an elephant born in 1948! Here is a full list of all the animals at the zoo. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits that are bound to bring out the kid in anyone. 

10. Visit Old Town Alexandria. Located on the Potomac River is the historic Old Town Alexandria neighborhood. It's a great place to shop, eat, and stroll through streets with beautiful houses.