Thursday, November 11, 2010

Washington, DC, Bucket List

So much to do and so little time. We are already 1/8 of the way through our time in DC and we've barely made a dent in our long list of things not to miss in the Nation's Capital. Notice there is only one eatery mentioned below. I could easily make a list twice this long of can't miss foods, but that would just be overwhelming, not to mention heart attack inducing. My conservative estimate is that we'll get though 75% of this list...we'll see. By the way, if this list is missing your favorite thing to do in DC, please let me know, I'm always on the look out for new ways to enjoy this city I love so much.

National Botanic Gardens
National Arboretum
Washington Nationals Baseball
Orioles v. Red Sox at Camden Yards
Arlington National Cemetery
Mount Vernon
Air and Space Museum
National Zoo
American History Museum
Kennedy Center Performance
Shakespeare Theatre Performance
Ford’s Theatre Tour and Performance
Arena Stage Performance
Portrait Gallery
Air and Space – Udvar-Hazy
Carousel on the Mall
Harper’s Ferry
National Cathedral
The Ponies at Assateague Island
Lincoln Memorial
Natural History Museum
Washington Monument
Puppet Show and Carousel at Glen Echo Park
American Indian Museum
Jefferson Memorial
Marine Barracks Parade
Christmas Lights at the DC Temple
US Capitol
White House
Hershey Park
Colonial Williamsburg
National Aquarium
American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
Gettysburg (and other Civil War battle sites)
Breakfast at Eastern Market
Library of Congress
Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive
National Archives
Pumpkin Patch
National Museum of African Art
Fourth of July Fireworks
National Building Museum
Apple picking
Holocaust Museum (though it's probably too mature for our little ones)
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Luray Caverns
US Naval Observatory
Roosevelt Island
War Memorials
Iwo Jima
FDR Memorial
Baltimore Aquarium
Ice Skate at the National Gallery of Art
Bike along the C & O Canal
Great Falls Park


Robin said...

WHew! Good luck getting through all that! Sounds like fun.

Anonymous said...

Neal and I fell in love over the Hirshhorn and sculpture's our favorite! But not everyone leans toward contemporary art. It looks like you have some awesome times ahead of you!

bwebster said...

I'm embarrassed at how few of these items we managed during a total of eight (8!) years in the DC area, including 6 in the District Itself. Gives us a good reason to be tourists, I guess. ..bruce..

Kimberly said...

What an awesome list for next time we are in town! Which I hope will be when you are still there. I know for sure you aren't a Kesler, because we would have made the list of places to eat first :)

Jessica said...

Oh to have that many things to do! Lucky family!

the wrath of khandrea said...

how about if i make my DC bucket list, send it to you, and we can plan to do all the ones that we both have on our lists while i'm out there next summer?


Caroline C. Bingham said...

Now that I know you live here, we are going to do that list together.

P.S. I'm so serious.

Lauren in GA said...

Great, great list.

I love Luray Caverns. It brings back a lot of memories.

Rach and Todd said...

Oh that list made my heart heart for DC. I love that city. Hope you're livin' it up!

Rach and Todd said...

sorry - made my heart hurt :).

Katherine said...

So great to see y'all last Saturday. Would love to do some of these things with you!!

Becky said...

Great list! Someone should do a FS round up of places not to miss in the DC area. I am going to come back to your list when we get to DC next summer.

Julie said...

Ahhhh! You make me SO homesick! I grew up in Northern Virginia and there is SO MUCH to do and see in the DC Area. Wonderful list. Enjoy them all for me!

Sebastian said...

I would recommend a maize maze, but you may have missed the boat on that one. And catch A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theater. An FAS colleague's son is playing Tiny Tim!

CStubits said...

I want to do The Ponies at Assateague Island - so maybe we can join in.

And, ahem, we don't have Temple Square in DC. Not last time I checked. :) And you should add as a subcategory "go see Cynthia's contributions to the temple's international creche exhibit."

I grew up in Virgina and admit I just went to Williamsburg last summer for the first time, and have still never been to Jamestown.

Oh - and the arboretum apparently does midnight hikes in the fall!!! I JUST found out about this. It is now on my list for next fall.

Anonymous said...

Awesome list. Thank you for reminding me to add apple picking and Harpers Ferry to my list!


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