5 Things to do in Washington DC From a Local


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We believe traveling is an essential ingredient for living life to its fullest.  One place that’s on a lot people’s list of places to visit is Washington D.C. Most visitors of DC go to all the tourist destinations (museums, monuments, Capital, White House, Supreme court, Library of Congress, Old Town, Georgetown, Mount Vernon, Great Falls National Park…  ) and those are great, but here are our top 5 favorite places to go and things to do as a local!
  1. The Renwick Gallery
Website: https://americanart.si.edu/
The Renwick Gallery situated at  Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006, across from the White house, is a gallery run by the Smithsonian American Art Museum that normally features large modern art exhibits. Currently they have a rather large exhibit No Spectators: Art of Burning Man, an awesome 75 thousand person arts festival held once a year in Nevada’s Black Rock Deserts. Burning Man embodies a cultural movement governed by 10 principles that are detailed on its website.
Art From Renwick Gallery


  1. National Botanical Gardens


Our doors portion of Botanical Gardens in Washington DC 

Website: https://www.usbg.gov/
Although it is not on every visitors to do list the National Botanical Gardens, situated just below the capitol adjacent to the reflecting pond, is possibly my favorite spot in Washington D.C. With outdoor and indoor sections it’s a perfect place to bring lunch and enjoy a quiet meal, or get out of the hot summer sun! The gardens offer a wide variety of plants to observe or if you choose, photograph!
Cacti in the National Botanical Gardens


  1. Live Music venues - 5 PM Friday Concerts at Statue Garden, 9:30 Club, other venue

 Inside of 9:30 Club During Concert

Some of the best experiences can come from live music and Washington D.C. has something for any visitor! Whether you are hoping to sit and relax with some free jazz in the Sculptor Garden (5 PM on Fridays) or enjoy a wild night at the 9:30 club! Some notable performers visiting Washinton D.C. this summer are The XX, Sam Smith, The Artic Monkeys, and many more!


  1. Union and  Eastern Market’s


Union Market Sign
Union Market and Eastern Market are both diverse historical markets situated in downtown DC, easily accessible via metro. They are perfect places to visit whether you are looking for fresh ingredients for the night’s dinner, great food from any number of vendors, or unique entertainment!
Union market is home to skilled artisans and food vendors that serve Tuesday through Sunday every week. Whether you are looking for a gourmet meal, a quick bite to eat, or trendy shopping Union Market is the place to go! It is also a versatile space that often hosts exciting events including the All Things Go Music Festival every fall and the Angelika Film Pop Up which brings an element of unique entertainment to the market. One of our favorite vendors at this market is Sloppy Mamas Barbeque! Sloppy Mamas is a family and employee owned company that crafts some of the best barbeque in DC!


Eastern Market Tuesday Farmers Market


Eastern Market is more what you think of when you hear the word market. It features several different markets under one roof. The South Hall Market is open Tuesday through Sunday and offers a wide array of indoor merchants who sell high quality meats, poultry, seafood, produce, pasta, baked goods, flowers, cheese, and pretty much anything else you could think of! On Tuesdays from 3pm-7pm as well as during the weekend Eastern Market offers an outdoor farmers market that offers fresh produce. And last, but not least, the Weekend Outdoor Market offers local artists a space to sell their handmade arts and crafts as well as antiques!
  1. Roosevelt Island


 Roosevelt Island Park offers a change of pace from the city in an easy to access park. The park can be accessed by metro, through the Rosslyn Station or car. Roosevelt Island Park honors the one of the greatest outdoorsman and politicians in America’s history, Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt was well known for dragging politicians on strenuous hikes in the Washington DC’s nearby wilderness. This natural space offers a wide array of trails, ranger led programs, wildlife viewing and even kayaking and canoeing. You can you’re your own craft in the water or rent a paddleboat in Georgetown across the river. I simply enjoy the opportunity to temporarily step away from hustle and bustle that is daily life!
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