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YOUR STORY #3: A Grand Ol' Time in our Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.

Posted on 14 April 2016

A Grand Ol' Time in our Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.

Hello, I’m M and I will be taking over this installment of Beside-U’s YOUR STORY series.

Last year I visited a good friend of mine, R, in Washington, D.C. Every city has its own unique charm, and D.C. is no exception. Luckily, I have a local to show me around!

We kicked off the day in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood home to Georgetown University. Populated with shops and restaurants housed in colorful architecture, you can see a mix between the historical and the modern.

Georgetown Downtown Boutique Shops Restaurants

Strolling through the neighborhood was a nice change of pace, and we even found this expressive street mural.

Georgetown Jason Woodside Street Mural American Flag

Since Georgetown is so close to the Potomac River, we couldn’t resist visiting the waterfront for an afternoon of kayaking.

Potomac River Kayaking

D.C. proper, where the federal buildings, including the White House, are located, is a different beast. Reading about the U.S. Capital Dome is one thing, but seeing it in person is surreal.

Washington D.C. is a very walkable city, only the kind of buildings you pass by are institutions like our national Treasury Building.

Federal Treasury Department

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts also hosts daily free performances. Though we didn’t go inside, we did attend a free live concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.

Kennedy Center Performing Arts

One thing very unique to D.C. is the Smithsonian Museums. Whether you are interested in modern art (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden), natural history (National Museum of Natural History), or even aviation (National Air and Space Museum), there’s seventeen Smithsonians for you to take your pick.

Did I mention that admission’s free?

Natural History Museum Wooly Mammoth

In short, I ate a lot of good food, caught up with R, and even met some of her friends. The days went by very quickly. Thank you R for taking very good care of me! Until next time.

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