100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die

100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die

by Shannon Morgan


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Washington, DC, is so much more than a political hot spot. The nation's capital is bursting at the seams with memorials, monuments, and museums. It's a hub for artists, musicians, and writers. It's a dream destination for foodies and a favorite of history buffs.There's much to see and do in this four-season destination; so many of the attractions are free! DC is doable in a weekend and it's worth the trip again and again.Come see the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington Monument. Explore the heritage trails and historical sites. Experience what makes this destination truly one of a kind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935806929
Publisher: Reedy press, LLC.
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Shannon Morgan is an award-winning editor and a food and travel writer. She's written about Washington, DC, for USA TODAY Travel and 10Best.com and has written numerous articles for several websites and magazines, including Food Network magazine. Shannon happily calls the DC area home. Connect with her online at ShannonMorganCreative.com.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Food and Drink 2

Battle for Barbecue 3

Eat a Half-Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl 4

Have Dinner in the Roof Garden at Rose's Luxury 5

Enjoy Sunday Brunch with a Show on the Side 6

Stuff Yourself at Truekoroo 7

Give Gin a Go at DCs First Distillery in a Century 8

Grab a Slice of Pizza in Adams Morgan 10

Have Tea at the Willard 12

Indulge Your Tastebuds at Pleasant Pops 14

Lunch Your Way around the Western Hemisphere at Mitsitam Cafe 16

Pair your Grub with Suds when Restaurant Week Meets Beer Week 17

Nosh Along 14th Street 18

Order Ramen at Daikaya in Chinatown 20

Raise Your Glass at the Bar with the Best View in DC 22

Reserve a Seat at minibar by José Andrés 24

Rub Elbows with Politicos at the Old Ebbitt Grill 26

Shop the Markets 28

Winy & Dine Your Sweetheart During Date Night DC 30

Music and Entertainment 31

Attend the Fort Reno Park Summer Concert Series 32

Gather in Dupont Circle for the Annual High Heel Race 33

Discover Ellington's DC 34

Salute the Marines at 8th & I 36

Have Coffee and Jam with the Artists at the Luce 37

Watch a Movie on the Green 38

Enjoy a Free Performance on Millennium Stage 40

Get Tickets to the American Theater 42

Go to the Atlas 43

Celebrate the Holiday Season in the District 44

Watch the Elephants on Parade 45

Party on H Street 46

Sports and Recreation 47

See the Giant Pandas 48

See the Smithsonian by Segway 50

Hail a Pedicab 52

Watch the Planes and Play in the Sand at Hains Point 53

Picnic in a Grove of State Trees 54

Ascend the Exorcist Steps 56

Ride Your Bike to All 50 Stales (Avenues, That Is) 58

Bike the Boundary 59

Walk the Neighborhood Heritage Trails 60

Escape to the Presidential Forest 61

Go Roller Skating in Anacosua Park 62

Get Back to Nature at Rock Creek Park 63

Go Ice Skating in a Sculpture Garden 64

Ride the One-of-a-Kind Carousel 66

Walk, Run, or Sail by the Cherry Blossoms in Bloom 67

Ride Your Sled Down Battery Kemble 68

Solve the Post Hunt 69

Splash in the Canal at Yards Park 70

Celebrate the Seasons at Lady Bird Johnson Park 71

Watch (or Run) the Rock V Roll DC Marathon 72

Watch the President's Race at the Nationals Game 74

Spend Sundays with the Drum Circle 76

Culture and History 77

Hop On-and Off-the Old Town Trolley 78

Attend the Presidential Inauguration 80

^ Be a Kid Again at the National Building Museum 81

Find the Hidden Memorials 82

* Channel Your Inner Bond. James Bond 83

Create a Rubbing of a Memorial Wall 84

Defend the District on a Civil War Trail 85

Discover DC's Stoochenge 86

Experience the Real-Life CSI 87

Experience Art on the Fringe 88

Spend the Night at the Museum 89

Find Darin Vader at the National Cathedral 90

Find Famous Faces 92

Have Lunch with the First Lady 93

Follow in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 94

Oct Inspired by FDR 95

Gel Your Hands on American History 96

Go on an Armchair Adventure with National Geographic 98

Hang Out with the Butterflies 100

Marvel at Modern Art 102

Meet Able, the Space Monkey 103

Pay Your Respects 104

Retrace Lincoln's Last Steps 105

Play Reporter at the Newseum 106

See the Finer Things at Hillwood 107

Remember the Children Who Survived the Holocaust 108

Stroll Through Dumbarton Oaks 110

Step Back to the Federal Era 111

See Where Lincoln Summered 112

Spend Fridays at the Arts Club of Washington 113

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday 114

See the World's Largest Stamp Gallery 115

Stand Beneath the Capitol Dome 116

See the Memorials at Night 118

Visit the Oldest House in the District 119

Take a Mule-Drawn Boat Ride on the C&O 120

Tour the Only Museum Dedicated to Women in the Arts 122

Travel the World on the Passport DC Embassy Tour 123

Visit President Wilson's House 124

View the Founding Documents 125

Visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 126

Unlock the Secret Doors at the O Street Museum 128

Take a Tour of Tudor Place 129

Visit the Phillips after 5 p.m. 130

Volunteer at the Memorial Day Parade 131

Visit the World's Largest Library 132

Walk the Halls of Cedar Hill 134

Witness an Oral Argument at the Supreme Court 136

Suggested Itineraries 138

Activities by Season 140

Events by Month 141

Index 142

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