One of my favorite seasons of the year is Summer. All of the long hot days and long warm nights, the cookouts, the day parties, the bar crawls, the festivals, the parades, street fests, nightlife, and all the other outdoor events that come along with Summer make me happy! I live in a metropolitan area, Washington DC, which is also a very walkable city, so Summers here are pretty awesome and everything is easy to access.
I wanted to share five things you should do in Washington DC during Summer. Whether you’re visiting as a tourist, relocating for work, a transient for another reason like me, or if you were born and raised in the area, these five things are a must.
1. The National Mall – this is where the Smithsonian museums and many of the war, leaders, and presidential monuments are located, not to mention the endless rows of food trucks that line several blocks and serve everything from falafel to tacos, chicken to ice cream and elephant ears. There is also a huge lawn where people come with their families, pets, blankets, their own food and drinks, and music, and sit and relax and enjoy the scenery and sunshine. This is also where the famous Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is.
2. The Arboretum – this 446 acre property is absolutely gorgeous. It houses several gardens, including a huge bonsai garden and several bonsai tree museums, 22 columns that used to be a part of the US Capitol where president Lincoln was inaugurated, and several other gardens including an herb garden. There is so much beauty at the Arboretum, I recommend everyone check it out a few times at least!
3. Union Market – a farmer’s market by day and a rooftop lounge by night, Union Market has to be a stop on your list. The mural outside is perfect for photos, the vendors inside are sure to please, and when the sun goes down, the rooftop lounge area is perfect for enjoying a meal and a glass of wine overlooking the city , followed by some dancing and people watching.
4. Georgetown – one of my favorite areas is DC for the shops, restaurants, waterfront, array of people, nightlife, boutiques, and more. There is something for everyone in the historical neighborhoods of Georgetown. The row houses themselves are worth the trip. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet and memorable, be sure to stop by Georgetown Cupcake or Sprinkles on M Street NW.
5. Malcom X Park, nicknamed such by Angela Davis, and now know as Meridian Hill Park – it’s not only historical, it’s beautiful. This park is also home to North America’s largest cascading fountain, made up of 13 basins. There is a lot of Egyptian architecture in this park also. It’s definitely worth checking out.
If you have the opportunity to visit or live in DC, trust me, the things to do here are endless. And the best part is that most of them are free!
Let me know what you think of this list in the comments! And, if you’ve ever been to Washington DC, where did you enjoy most?