Top Ten D.C. Favorites

Top Ten D.C. Favorites

  1. Monument: Clearly, D.C. is famous for its monuments. My favorite has to be the Capitol--I’ve gotten to go on two tours, sit in the Press Gallery of the House, and visit the offices of one of my senators and my representative. If you arrange the tours, you can make them happen too, but TWC will probably arrange at least one for your programming group. It’s also a perfect place to just sit outside and enjoy the view.
  2. Restaurant: Such a tough call. I think for food, my favorite would have to be Cactus Cantina, but I’m going to have to call a three-way tie between there, 2 Amy’s (right next door!), and Ben’s Chili Bowl.
  3. Museum: National Gallery, all the way. It constantly is hosting extremely well-curated exhibits (my two current favorites are the Chester Dale collection and the Gauguin exhibit), has separate wings dedicated to classic and modern art, and has an amazing sculpture garden across the street. Even if you aren’t an art person, you have to visit this museum at some point during your stay.
  4. Cupcake: Baked + Wired. Always the best, and doesn’t have the line of Georgetown Cupcakes. My favorite is the Elvis Unporked--a banana cupcake with peanut butter icing and chocolate drizzle.
  5. Food Truck: So many good choices, but I think my favorite has to be Pi Truck. It’s deep-dish pizza in a cornmeal crust, plus it’s three meals worth of food, which is great for an intern looking to stretch dollars.
  6. Walk: Working out is never my idea of fun, but walking the six-mile loop from the Capitol, down the Mall, past the Washington Monument, to the Lincoln Memorial, alongside the Tidal Basin, and back up to the Capitol isn’t too bad.
  7. Shopping: Georgetown is known for it’s shopping, and while I totally agree with it being the most fun area to shop, there’s no Metro there. A far more convenient place is Chinatown. All within a few blocks of each other are an Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Forever 21, H&M, Zara, and Ann Taylor Loft. Oh yeah, plus two fro-yo places.
  8. Coffee Shop: This award is going to have to go to Ebenezer’s, which is only a few blocks away from the RAF. Their drinks are way cheaper than Starbucks, and they donate all their proceeds to charity, so it’s an all-around awesome place.
  9. Activity: Capital Bike Share is an awesome program D.C. has that allows you to check out a bike and return it back to any other location in the city. There are bike racks for it everywhere (even one on the grounds of the White House), and it’s a great way to see the city.
  10. Church: While the National Cathedral might be the most famous, my favorite church is Catholic University’s Basilica. It’s only two Metro stops away from the RAF, and the masses are beautiful. I would definitely recommend attending one, even if you’re not Catholic.

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