Washington D.C. Favorites

I’ve been to Washington D.C. too many times to count now and I get asked for recommendations a lot. It is my favorite United States City so I thought I’d share my Top 10 favorite things about it (in random order):

  1. Seeing the National Monuments at night. The very first time I saw the monuments was at night, in March. It was freezing cold, but so worth the walk! I’ve since seen them in daylight, but my favorite time to see them is as the sun is setting or at night when they are lit up.
  2. Ice Skating on the National Mall. In the winter, they set up an Ice Skating rink in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and play old time jazzy music at night…and it doesn’t get much better than that for ice skating.
  3. Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom. The first time I went to D.C. my great-grandma was still living and she told me I had to see the Cherry Blossom trees in bloom. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see them until after she passed away, but she was right. They are a beautiful sight.
  4. The Library of Congress. I love books and have building up my own personal library to have one day and I love history. So naturally, I love the Library of Congress.
  5. The botanical gardens. Throughout the year they feature different plants. One time I went and was pleasantly surprised to find that they were featuring beautiful Orchids.
  6. Local Coffee Shops. I have to put this in here, because I love looking for local and unique coffee shops anywhere I go.
  7. China Town. There’s a Chinese restaurant that Wilmington College always took us too so it’s kind of a tradition for me. Plus there lots of other cool shops nearby! Just don’t go alone…it’s a long story…
  8.  Eastern Market. There is the Eastern Market flea market that always has several shops indoors to buy fresh meat, cheese, produce, and other products. But on Saturday morning, the whole area turns into a giant farmers market with lots of vendors with food, art, and even live music.
  9.  The National Mall. The National Mall extends from the United State Capital building to the Potomac River and includes many museums and political buildings that are great to visit. It also is a great place to see action on the hill and do some people watching.
  10. The experience. Part of what makes Washington D.C. so special to me is that every time I’ve gone, I’ve learned so much. I love American history and public service and it is fun for me to visit this fast passed, exciting city! It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been, there is always something new to see and do or learn!

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