12 Washington DC, USA – Rediscovering Home


When you travel a foreign country, it is easy to feel excited or be inspired by a new discovery. The journey itself becomes an experience. And all you need is to be there and say “wow.”

On the other hand, when it comes to ‘rediscovering’ your own city and homeland, it is hard. Not because there isn’t enough to discover, although some cities don’t have as much to be excited of than others, but largely because your liking of something at home it is because your used to it. It’s more of a habit that we like to eat at certain places, to enjoy certain activities, and to visit certain sites in a city we actually reside in. So when someone approaches me and ask “where do you suggest I do when I visit your city”, I have to pause for a bit. I want to tell them all the amazing places and activities I have enjoyed, but I know the list is too long for them to experience in one day. So it becomes a challenge for me to say what is the ultimate best discovery the traveler should experience in a city I live.

That is why I first wanted to write about Washington, D.C. My home city.

Washington DC (illustrated from a children's book) 2011
Washington DC (illustrated from a children’s book) 2011

I have lived and moved back to D.C. for many years. Each time I come back to this city I experience something new, and each time I am thrilled at what I discover. So whenever I hear friends and acquiescence complaining that “there is nothing to see in Washington, D.C.” I wanted to explain the mistake they made.  Perhaps it is true that people with more political background and interest will find this city more charming and exciting. Nevertheless, there are still many parts of D.C. that one can feel excited about.

DC 2012 Fall
DC 2012 Fall

In fact, here is quick list of places that I think any visitors to DC MUST check out before judging DC.

1. National Mall/Smithsonian/White House – history, nice walk, free museums, family, park, politics

2. Capital Hill/Union Station/Library of Congress – busy DC atmosphere, beautiful library, pretty cool capital hill tour

3. National Monument/Lincoln Memorial – a nice stroll along the monument is nice, pretty, (don’t forget your camera)

4. Georgetown/Watergate area/ Kennedy/ Georgetown University – street full of fashion and food, (don’t forget to try the cupcakes – Baked and Wired), Potomac river view, pretty university architecture

5. Dupont Circle/Downtown – nice cafe, restaurants, bars, many organizations, think tanks, and academic institutes are located 

6. Adams Morgan/ U Street/ Columbia Heights – night fun time, drinks, dance, and more drinks!

EXTRA? Here are some other areas near D.C. that are cute and interesting.

7. Old Town, Alexandria, VA – pretty harbor, cute restaurants and cafes at King Street 

8.  Annandale, Virginia – suggest this area if you are dying for Korean food right now!

9. Bethesda, Maryland – more cozy residence area full of cafes and restaurants

10. Mclean VA and drive along Potomac River – if you are driving this could be pretty nice wood s scenery drive

11. Arlington Cemetery, VA – if you are into history, military, this may be a moving visit to c consider

What are these places like? Well, here are some photos for you to get some sense of these places. If you like what you see here, perhaps you’ll love what you see in person.

U.S. Capital
U.S. Capital
U.S. Library of Congress
U.S. Library of Congress
The White House
The White House
The national monument and the U.S. flags
The national monument and the U.S. flags
National Monument - one afternoon
National Monument – one afternoon
Sky
Sky
Winter time at Union Station - 2011
Winter time at Union Station – 2011
Winter holiday - Library of Congress
Winter holiday – Library of Congress
Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle
Teaism
Teaism
Old Town, Alexandria
Old Town, Alexandria
National Cathedral
National Cathedral
Georgetown Cupcake
Georgetown Cupcake
Baked and Wired
Baked and Wired

 

Good night
Good night

Hope these photos convinced you to rediscover DC? Let me know what you think!

from DC

January 2013

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7 thoughts on “12 Washington DC, USA – Rediscovering Home

  1. Thank you for speaking up for our city, Monica. A fun post with great photographs (especially the one of the monument with the airplane trails in the sky behind it. And speaking of how hard it is to advise visitors about what to do in one’s own city, please may I ask for your advice for a friend? She is Australian and is going with her husband to a family wedding in Bali in a few weeks’ time. They will have a layover in Seoul. After a night’s sleep, they’ll have the whole of the next day to explore, until the end of the afternoon when they’ll have to leave for the airport again. Have you any ideas for what they might try to see and do? They have traveled a lot, and she in particular is very adventurous, though her husband is feeling his age, so not up to anything really strenuous.

    Love, Mrs. Bernstein

    1. Dear Mrs. Bernstein,

      Thank you for your feedback! I’m glad you liked it. As for Seoul, yes, I would be happy to share some tips. I didn’t get a chance to write a post about it yet, but I can email you few suggestions to start off with! I hope she enjoys it!

      Love, Monica

  2. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I must spend a while learning more or working out more. Thanks for fantastic info I was on the lookout for this information for my mission.

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