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Washington D.C.

Explore Washington D.C.

Are you preparing to visit Washington D.C., our nation’s capitol?  There are so many things to do, places to eat, sites to see, museums to explore, and politicians to bump into!

I interned for Congress while in college, living on Capitol Hill for a semester, allowing me to explore many places around D.C., and now we’re heading back to the D.C. area to live!

This will be a page in progress as I explore and re-explore all of the amazing sites across the city and surrounding areas.

  • The Marine Corps Marathon held annually in Arlington/Washington D.C.  The Marine Corps Marathon started in 1976, and is well-known as “The People’s Marathon.”  As of writing this, it is the largest marathon that does not offer prize money.  Typically the event occurs the final Sunday in October.  I’m a certified group fitness instructor and I was a certified personal trainer (accidentally let that lapse while stationed overseas), and I never I thought I’d run a marathon because it is not healthy or good for the body.  That being said, my husband and I recently thought we should challenge ourselves to do it once, and if we’re only going to do it once, we better do it right!  Read more here about our journey to race day here!

Continue to check back for more updates as we explore Washington D.C.!

The Typical Tourist Attractions:

  • United States Capitol (on the east end of the National Mall)
  • National Mall (surrounded by the majority of the Smithsonian Museums)
  • Botanic Garden
  • White House (on the west end of the mall)
  • Washington Memorial (near the White House at the west end of the mall)
  • WWII Memorial (I always loved this one, located between the Washington & Lincoln Memorials)
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial  (on the side of the Lincoln Memorial)
  • Korean Memorial (on the side of the Lincoln Memorial)
  • Roosevelt Memorial (on the way from the Lincoln to Jefferson Memorials)
  • Jefferson Memorial (around the pond from the Lincoln Memorial)
  • National Zoo (a bit further from the main drag)

The Smithsonian Museums (and they’re FREE!):

  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Air and Space Museum

Other Touristy Things To Do:

  • National Archives
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Nationals Park (Major League Baseball)
  • International Spy Museum
  • Newseum
  • National Cathedral
  • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Ford’s Theatre
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception

Do you have any unique experiences or tips for exploring Washington D.C.?  Please share!