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
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.