My Ultimate D.C. Bucket List

My Ultimate D.C. Bucket List

It’s no secret that D.C. is full of things to do. From the Smithsonian museums and scenic hikes, to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court building, there is truly something here for everyone. As I get started on my fall semester in the nation's capital, I've mapped out a list of things I want to check off of my bucket list. Stay tuned to see how many of these places I visit!



  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National Museum of African Art
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Arthur M. Sackler & Freer Gallery of Art
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Art Museum of the Americas
  • National Geographic Museum
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • National Postal Museum
  • Newseum
  • International Spy Museum


    Me at Smithsonian American Art Museum

    The Electronic Superhighway by Nam Jun Paik at the Smithsonian American Art Museum


Monuments & Memorials

  • Washington Monument
  • World War II Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • African American Civil War Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Vietnam Women’s Memorial
  • District of Columbia War Memorial
  • Albert Einstein Memorial
  • U.S. Air Force Memorial
  • Holodomor Genocide Memorial
  • National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery
Nature & Outdoors
  • Constitution Gardens
  • Lafayette Square
  • Meridian Hill Park
  • Tidal Basin
  • Rock Creek Park
  • C&O Canal
  • Mount Vernon Trail
  • Georgetown Waterfront Park
  • East Potomac Park
  • Gravelly Point Park
  • Embassy Row
  • National Arboretum
  • United States Botanic Garden
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • National Zoo

Public Buildings & Houses

  • White House
  • U.S. Capitol
  • Supreme Court
  • Library of Congress
  • Pentagon
  • Ford’s Theatre
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • National Archives
  • Tudor Place
  • Old Stone House

Activities & Entertainment

  • The Nationals Park
  • Redskins FedEx Stadium
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • Capitol One Arena (formerly the Verizon Center)
  • Warner Theatre
  • The Howard Theatre
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • 9:30 Club

That’s everything on my list, hopefully you don’t feel overwhelmed! My goal with this list is to use it as a resource - whenever I'm looking for something to do during my time in D.C., I'll have a place to start. There are people who have lived in D.C. for years and still haven’t seen it all, which is exactly why it is such an amazing place to live!


If I'm still looking for something to do, I'll be sure to check out the Washingtonian, and the Washington Post’s Going Out Guide. If you’re concerned about cost, go here to see which things on the list are actually free. And I know I didn’t include food or drink, so check out this article where actual D.C. residents voted on the best places!


I am beyond excited to spend the next four months in this vibrant city where this something new to do and see every day. Keep up with my next blog posts as I share my D.C. adventure and let me know which items made it onto your own bucket list!


Until next time,


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