DC Bucket List

After almost 3 years of desperately wanting to move to DC, I finally did in December 2012. Since then, I have fallen completely, utterly in love with this city and all it has to offer. DC is one of those cities that you could live in forever and not see it all. I'm not sure how long I will be here, but I hope to keep living like a tourist in my own city and trying to see it all. So, here's my list of what to see and do in DC (and surrounding areas).

I absolutely plan to add to this list, but here's what's on it for now!

Museums and Such

Dulles Air and Space Museum
  1. Jazz at the Sculpture Garden
  2. Zoo Lights
  3. Mansion on O Street
  4. Visit the {other} Air & Space Museum
  5. USPS Museum
  6. Go to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  7. Visit the National Portrait Gallery
  8. Visit the Library of Congress
  9. Holocaust Museum
  10. See the National Cathedral
  11. Tour the White House
  12. Tour the US Capitol
  13. Visit the George Washington Masonic Memorial {Alexandria}
  14. Visit Ford's Theater
Restaurants and Dining

The Inn at Little Washington
  1. Brunch at The Tabard Inn
  2. The Inn at Little Washington
  3. Le Diplomate
  4. Bavarian Biergarten Haus
  5. See the Nutcrackers at Old Ebbitt
  6. Rose's Luxury Tavern

East Potomac Golf Course
  1. Paddle Boat on the Tidal Basin
  2. Hike Great Falls
  3. Take Peyton to play on the National Mall
  4. Run with a Park Ranger on the Mall
  5. East Potomac Golf Course
  6. Run the entire Mount Vernon Trail


  1. Here's more off- the beaten path (if you haven't done it yet)

    1) Rock creek cemetery to see the Adams Memorial/ St.Gaudens and other famous residents.
    2) US National Arboretum
    3) The Monastery of St. Sepulchre
    and lastly one of my favorites...
    Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on an early morning walk/run. More lilies than Monet ever saw... (bad art history joke).

  2. I'm a recentish DCer as well! You're so right about never being able to see everything! I've wondered how the Tabard Inn is! Have you been to the Dumbarton Oaks Garden in Georgetown? If not, I definitely recommend it! It's one of my favorite kind of non-touristy things to do :)


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