I’ve lived in D.C. for more than 10 years, so I’ve done my share of trips to the White House, Smithsonian museums, and Lincoln Memorial. We tend to leave the D.C. sights for when people are here visiting, so we’ll be somewhat fresh to them when we visit.
Case in point: When Liz and Shawn visited a few months ago, we went bowling in the old school bowling alley I’ve driven past — but never entered — for a decade. Not that that’s exactly a D.C. experience….but it was an experience, all right. I’m pretty sure Liz and I just barely missed having the gutter bumpers added to our lane.
With B’s parents here this weekend, we were looking for something new and different to do around the city. At a friend’s suggestion, we went to the National Arboretum. I spent the whole time there saying “I can’t believe I’ve never been here” over and over again. What a beautiful spot, right in the middle of the city. We toured the 50 state trees, the herb garden with its 20+ varieties of basil, and what seemed like miles of azaleas. It turns out you can drive through the whole park, and even picnic there.
Seriously — why had I never been there?
I’m sure there are lots of other hidden gems strewn across this area, and as soon as I finish school and get back some weekend time, I hope to find more of them. D.C. friends, have any others that we should add to our to-do list?
And if you’re not here, you also must have come across similar places that you either stumbled on, or knew about but took a while to get to. Want to offer up some of your finds?