Jessica & Steve

June 7, 2014

stuff to do in dc

The National Mall
If you’ve never seen the National Mall and Tidal Basin area (or even if you have) we recommend making time to go there, especially if the weather is nice.  If you can block off a few hours, and you don’t mind a lot of walking, you can see the Washington Monument, the Reflecting Pool, the Lincoln Memorial, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the WWII Memorial, among other sights, all in one big loop.

The Smithsonian:
The Smithsonian includes 19 museums (plus the zoo).  All Smithsonian museums are free; most are on or near the National Mall and are easy to get to using the Metro.  Our favorites are the National Portrait Gallery (across from Proof, the restaurant where we had our first date) and the American History Museum (Jessica loves the exhibit of two dozen dresses worn by former first ladies).

This museum is well worth the price of admission.  It's full of fascinating pieces of journalistic history certain to impress media dorks like Steve, including a big room dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning photos with videos of the photographers telling stories about their work.  Admission is $21.95 for adults.  Tickets are good for two days because there are so many exhibits it’s hard to see everything in one afternoon (we could only fit in four exhibits in three hours the last time we went).

The National Zoo
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo is a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek National Park in the heart of Washington, D.C.  Admission is free. Steve encourages everyone to go talk to some animals!

Eastern Market
DC’s oldest continually operated fresh food public market, Eastern Market located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Eastern Market is DC's destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farmfresh produce and handmade arts and crafts.  There is a Flea Market across the street.

Rock Creek Park
If you’re looking for something with little more nature, but not too far away, check out the hiking trails in Rock Creek Park.  It’s beautiful, and right in the middle of DC.  You can also do cell phone audio tours as you are walking through the park.