Washington, D.C.

15 Things Every Local Needs to Do

Part of living in the great city of Washington D.C. means experiencing the wealth of unique attractions and opportunities it has to offer. And the best part of being a local is that you have plenty of time to explore both the must-see touristy stuff, and the truly interesting insider activities.

  1. Visit all the Smithsonians and the National Zoo.
  2. Witness the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
  3. Catch a show at 9:30 Club, one of the best music venues in the country, or on Blues Alley.
  4. Cheer on your favorite team at one of four pro sports games—baseball’s Nationals, football’s Redskins, hockey’s Capitals, or basketball’s Wizards.
  5. Paddle the Potomac by kayak or paddleboard.
  6. Catch live music on Friday nights at the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art.
  7. Experience a festival or parade, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival, the DC Jazz Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, H Street Festival, Fiesta D.C., Chinese New Year, and many many more.
  8. Shop at a market, including Eastern Market, the Main Avenue Fish Market, Union Market, Georgetown Flea Market, or local farmers markets.
  9. Dine with the best at Rose’s Luxury, Ooh’s and Aahh’s, Margarets, or Astro Donuts, even if you have to wait in line.
  10. Hike Rock Creek Park, a 2,800-acre national park in the middle of D.C. and home to the Valley Trail.
  11. Relax in seclusion on little-known Theodore Roosevelt Island, where no bikes or cars are allowed.
  12. Test your D.C. savvy at the annual Post Hunt, a scavenger hunt designed to stump the most knowledgeable locals.
  13. Explore famous and aspiring artists at First Friday on Dupont Circle.
  14. Catch a show at a local theatre, such as Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Arena State, or the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
  15. See all the attractions of the National Mall—that means touring the White House, going to the top of the National Monument, visiting the National Cathedral, and maybe even seguaying the remaining major monuments.

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