3 summers ago, I made my first move to Washington, DC and began to call this wonderful city home. Like any major city, there’s plenty of spots everyone tells you that you have to make it to you and I will say, DC’s tourist spots are wonderful, but I think there are so many spots that people miss and overlook when they come to this area and they truly miss some of the wonder that DC has to offer. I’m giving a little insight into my favorite places in the city and some of the places I’m hoping to make it to very soon.
My favorite spots:
- The Kennedy Center. I missed out on this spot for far too long and I had NO idea what I was missing. Seeing a show in the opera house transports you back to a time of old Hollywood glamour. The views from this place are also unbeatable. It is a spot that many people skip over, but making time even just to check out the rooftop is so worth it– you can see the monuments, Virginia, and my favorite area, Georgetown.
- See the monuments at night. If you’re in DC, you definitely have the monuments on your must-see list but if you’re only seeing them during day, you are missing out on some of DC’s prettiest sights. There’s such a special feeling to the monuments at night and I think it is one of the most calming sights. It is worth checking out.
- The Portrait Gallery. The Portrait Gallery is off the path of the National Mall, but it is one of the best Smithsonians DC has to offer. Seeing the portraits of every President throughout the year is an amazing and engaging way to get to see a part of America’s history.
Places I want to visit:
- Dumbarton Oaks. Dumbarton Oaks is a historic estate in Georgetown that I have been meaning to visit for years, but haven’t made my way to yet. It is an absolutely gorgeous house and grounds and I really hope to get the chance to explore it this summer.
- The Wharf. The wharf is on most people’s list of places to visit in DC, but with its distance from Georgetown, I have never gotten myself down there. It is a spot that I think has so much life and culture (and views) and I really want to see this fun area.
- Old Town, Alexandria. Though not DC proper, Alexandria is a spot I really want to check out. Coming from a small town, I always love getting to explore spots that remind me of home. I’m hoping to make a trip to Alexandria this holiday season to join in the festivities there.
DC is such a fun city and there are so many places to check out! These are just a few of my absolute favorite places and the places on my always growing wish list. What are some of your favorite DC spots?