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