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The Top Five-Things You Most do While Visiting the DC Area

Trying to pick the top five things to do in the DC area is like a Smothers Brothers comedy routine.  Mom always liked you best; no she always liked you best, how are you supposed to choose?  But choose I must.  As a native of the area I've had the good fortune to run up the stairs of the Washington Monument as a child with my out of town cousins and dip my feet in the Reflecting Pool on a hot summer day.  Since the stairs of the monument are now off limits and the Park Police frown on cooling your feet you will have to settle for a few snapshots of my favorite places in the DC area.





Panda Bears

Lets face it no one can resist a Panda Bear.  So of course you have to put the National Zoo on the list.  Besides the Panda's there are of course Lions, Tigers and Bears.   With the beautiful setting nestled in Northwest DC the National Zoo is a place that you can enjoy at any age.   Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  Personally I'm always taken in by the Otters.  Any creature that gets to lie on its back in the water and shuck oysters has my vote!

Tomb of the Unknowns

 

 

No trip to DC is complete without visiting Arlington Cemetery.  Though it isn't a place that you hear people laughing, it is a place where you find reverence and history.   Whether you are stopping at the eternal flame at JFK's gravesite, watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns or looking over the grounds from the Lee-Custis Mansion you can't help but reflect on all of hero's known and unknown that keep America free.

 

 

 

 




Great Falls

Great Falls National Park in McLean Virginia is one of the wonderful National Parks in our area that residents and visitors can enjoy.  With over 800 acres and 15 miles of trails weekend hikers can find plenty of room to roam.  Even more impressive than the trails are the falls themselves and watching the kayakers who take them on.  Watching the daredevils on a summer day can't help but cool you down a bit and make you think about the first travelers who may have pondered how to cross the river at this awesome spot.

 

 

Library of CongressYou can't help but feel a little smarter knowing that you are surrounded by so much knowledge when you visit the Library of Congress.  Started with the donation of the Thomas Jefferson book collection in 1815 the library now houses the largest rare book collection in the U.S.  The books aren't the only attraction.  The architecture of the building which was once considered controversial was called "the largest the largest, the costliest, and the safest" library when it was officially dedicated in 1897.

 

















Lincoln MemorialThe fifth choice is definitely the hardest.  If I'm forced to stop at five then I'll have to go with the Lincoln Memorial at night.  Designed after the Parthenon in Athens the 36 columns represent the number of states in the union at the time Lincoln was assonated.  Famous for not only honoring our 16th US President but also where Martin Luther King stood and made his famous "I have a Dream Speech" in 1963 and where so many gather today to reflect how far our country has come. 

If you are coming to visit the area this summer make sure you bring plenty of water and call on your local Active Rain friends for a tour of our town.  We always love to show off the famous and infamous spots around town. 

More things to see and do while you are visiting the DC area:

Riding the Rails from DC to Alexandria
A Hero's Tour
Magical History Tour of Northern Virginia

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Comment balloon 31 commentsCindy Jones • June 29 2008 08:26PM

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Cindy, what a nice presentation!!   Nice choices out of so much to do and see in Washington, DC.

Posted by Barbara Martino-Sliva, Top Producer, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale (Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cindy, between your post and mine, visitors now have 9 places to go (we both chose the Lincoln Memorial).  I've visited all 5 of your choices.  Unfortunately, my most recent visit this past month to Arlington Cemetery was for a funeral, albeit with the complete impressive military pageantry.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Barbara-the list of what to do in DC is almost endless!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Brian-we should combine all of our posts on the things to do in DC and turn it into a huge on-line guide.  Oh wait was that an outside the box thought? 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Hey Cindy - A visit to D.C. is high on my list...  I'm hoping to pay a visit next year. 

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 10 years ago

Cindy:  When I visited DC (Arlington, VA) in the late 80's, it was in winter and I missed so much. After reading your post, I hope to get back someday and see these spots and MORE.

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty) about 10 years ago

Debbie-I hope if you make a visit that you will let me know.  We can put together a local AR gathering to show you around the town!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Kat-love your signature!  You should come to DC when the Cherry Blossoms are blooming.  It is quite a site and makes the whole town seem alive.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

I have actually never been to DC! I will one day visit! I look forward to the National Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, and the Natural History Museum! And of course many of the monuments! Great post!

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) about 10 years ago

Cindy you did super job........cute and funny - very appealing and nicely laid out!  Love it..

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

The Zooooooo! I love animals...so that would be my first pick right off the bat to start my wonderful vacation in your area.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

Rich-you named even more of the great things to do in DC.  Hopefully you will make it our way one day soon.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Liz-thank you for stopping by and reading a bit about the place I call home.  There is so much to do in this city you can go for years and never see it all.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Sally-I could hang out at the zoo all the time.  It is a great place for families to enjoy a day away from the heat of the city.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy...you have a way with words..and your pictures ain't bad either! :-)

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Cindy - There are so many choices in the DC area.  My personal favorites are the Smithsonian and the National Gallery.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Cindy,

I agree with Pam. You are the second top 5 DC post that has not listed the Smithsonian Institution. That just goes to show how much there is to do in DC.

You photos and layout are outstanding.

Congratulations.

Richard

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) about 10 years ago

Cindy - Bravo! You and Brian both did such a good job showing off the DC area. I can't wait for my next visit.

Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) about 10 years ago

Joan-thank you for the compliment and stopping by.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Pam-The Smithsonian is so huge and has so many choices.  Do you pick the Natural History,  Air and Space oh which one.  They are all so great and you could spend a day at each one!  I love the Portrait Gallery at the National Gallery of Art too!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Richard-as I mentioned to Pam I don't know how you choose one of the Smithsonian's over another.  I couldn't lump them together it wouldn't have been fair :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Tom-Both Brian and I would be glad to have you come to town!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy,

My memories are the dinosaurs at the Smithsonian, from when I was a kid. Do they let old men climb on stegosaurus?

Richard

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) about 10 years ago

I like the way you presented your pictures, like polaroids... it helps to imagine I was there.... one of these days!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Richard-of course people of all ages can enjoy the Dinosaurs.  My daughter who is an adult can't get enough of them.  About the climbing part though...not so much for any age.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Georgina-I'd like to come back to Maui!  I'll trade you a week on the beach for a week in DC!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy, I like the way you labeled your photos.  What program did you use for that?

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago

Brian-it was done with the tools on piknic.com.  It is a great free site.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy, I looked up your suggestion - actual spelling is piknik.com.  Thanks for the tip!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago

Brian-opps sorry.  Hope I didn't send you through a internet search nightmare.  Enjoy the great tools on the site!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy, it was no problem, I just tried a couple of alternative spellings.  Thanks!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago

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