Sunday, February 1, 2009

DC bucket list

In Florida, if someone had a question about where to go, or what do to do, they would come to me. I don't want to sound uppity, but I know my Florida history and I'm very good at remembering facts. So several people dubbed me "Captain Florida" and "knowledgeable about pretty much everything" (which to me, means I know a little tiny bit about a whole lot of stuff and the result is that I look smart). I really like knowing what is going on in the community around me and being able to share my knowledge with people. So it's a challenge moving to a new place, especially one so LARGE, and with so much going on. I'm researching and asking people for ideas and in an effort to make it a little easier on myself, and to also encourage people to visit, I'm going to list all the things I want to do in my time here (however long that is). As my office is fond of saying, this is a 'living document,' meaning it is not complete and is still growing. If you see something on the list that looks awesome to you, claim it for your visit (I'm looking at you Em and Jodi!). 

1-12. Smithsonian museums - there are actually 12 museums in the Smithsonian collection. I've been to the Air & Space and the Hirshorn Art museum, but I haven't finished them. And of course they also have rotating exhibits. And it's all free. I'm really excited about the American history and natural history museums. 

13. Lincoln, Washington, Roosevelt, WWII, Korean,  other various monuments. I would love to have a picnic when the weather is warmer...

14. The Kennedy Center - There are free performances every day at 6pm, ranging from high school plays to choirs. 

15. National Arboretum - you can see the original pillars of the U.S. Capitol that was burned in the War of 1812. A co-worker also told me they do full moon tours - but you have to sign up months in advance. 

16. Great Falls Park - 800 acre park with waterfalls!

17. Mount Vernon

18. farmer's markets - the market in Old Town in Alexandria is supposedly the oldest continual market located in the same spot - Washington sold his produce from Mount Vernon here!

19. Ben's Chili Bowl - a diner that has survived a lot and has become an institution in DC. The chili dogs are supposed to be excellent!

20. Waterfront Fish market - This is right across the street from my work. At lunch, there is a crowd of working class people that gather around for crabs, seafood chowder, and crab cakes. It has what Dad and I would call ambience. Apparently it really smells like a fish market in the summer. I don't know what people expect.  I mainly want to go there because my coworkers seem really scared of it. But if it's good enough for the workers, it's good enough for me. And probably more affordable too. 

21. Busboys and Poets -a coffee shop/cafe/ bookstore/poetry lounge. meant to 'serve as a meeting place for the progressive social movement.' named after Langston Hughes - the poet busboy. 

22. old stone house - the last pre-revolutionary house in DC on it's original foundation.

23. the national geographic museum

24. The spy museum

25. The Holocaust museum

26. chinatown

27. Cherry Blossom Festival - March 28 - April 12

28. The Eastern Market - flea/farmer's market

29. Arlington Cemetry

30. Amish Country - Lancaster, PA is about 2.5 hours away

Well that's it for tonight. I will do more on VA and MD later.


Emily said...

I claim at least 1 of 1-12, 15, 17, 18, 26, 27 and maybe 30. I guess I should come for two weeks instead of a weekend.

AlliJean said...

well at least one of those is time sensitive (the cherry blossom festival)...

Kim said...

Sounds like you're off to a good start! I highly recommend #16. I got to see Great Falls when I visited my sister for Thanksgiving. It was amazing, and the fact that there were kayakers shooting the rapids was an added bonus!