9 Things to Do and See in Washington, D.C.
Evie Carpenter It may be cliche, but are you really going to pass up the opportunity to wave at the President?
Jackalope Ranch is hitting the road this summer -- and you're coming, too. Well, sort of. With Going Places, our writers recommend the best things to do and see during your travels.
We feel like we shouldn't have to convince you to visit Washington, D.C. It's our nation's capital, it's where the laws of our land are made, and President Obama's house is there. But don't be fooled; there's much more to D.C. than politics and history.
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With all of the interns looking to gain some real-world experience and young 20-somethings rushing to the city after college to get their names out there, a thriving, young culture is prevalent throughout the city, specifically in upcoming neighborhoods like Colombia Heights.
This mix of burgeoning scenes and historical institutions is what makes D.C. the perfect city for those looking to balance their fun with a little sophistication. So before you head east to the American Rome, check out these suggestions of things to do and see in Washington, D.C.
9. Visit all the typical spots.
If you've never been to D.C. before, you have to go see all of the famous, distinctively D.C. monuments and memorials. We know they may sound like tourist traps, but they are incredible representations of our country's history, awe-inspiring examples of architecture and art, and, best of all, free. The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are at the top of our list. While you're at it, might as well take a stroll by the White House too. It looks exactly like it does in pictures, but waving and pretending you see Obama waving back is worth it.
8. Swing by John McCain's office.
Evie Carpenter Say hi to our Senator and get some passes to the Capitol.
Go to the Russell Senate Office Building on Constitution Ave. NE, stop by Senator John McCain's office, and say hi. If you mention you're visiting from Arizona and that you heard you could get gallery passes for the House and Senate, they should have them at the ready and happily offer them to you. With those passes, you can go see where the State of the Union is given in the House Gallery and get your own mini, self-guided tour of the Capitol.
7. Kayak the Potomac.
Evie Carpenter What Arizonan wouldn't want to spend some time on the water?
Head down to the waterfront in Georgetown and find Thompson Boat Center on Virginia Ave. and Boat Creek Parkway. There you can rent kayaks, a single for $15 an hour or $40 per day or a double for $20 an hour or $50 per day, and explore the Potomac River. It's a great way to see a different side of the city. Plus, the water will definitely be less crowded and more relaxed than any means of travel on land.