My DC-iversary is coming up on July 26th! With seven years under my belt, I think I can officially be declared a Washingtonian (brushes off shoulder). In such a transient city it's rare that you meet people who have lived here for longer than three(ish) years. Over time, I've developed a love and appreciation for the history and culture that thrives here, so in honor of my DC-street cred, I present to you my list of summer-musts!
01. Yards Park Friday Night Concert
Yards Park - 355 Water St. SE
This is one of our favorite things to do on Fridays during the summer. Pack a picnic (but skip the alcohol, no BYOB this year) and gear up for some great live music and views of the Anacostia River. There are food trucks and tents that serve wine and beer. AND if you're looking for some family-friendly fun, there is a great splash area for the little ones.
02. Wonder Exhibit
Renwick Gallery: 17th and Pennsylvania NW
July 10th is the last weekend to view this exhibit! I am THE WORST person to take to a museum because my attention deficit issues sometimes get in the way of me actually taking the time to enjoy the exhibit, but this won captured my attention and instilled a true sense of "wonder." Around each and every corner there is a new surprise -- it's a must see! Did I mention it's FREE?!
03. Bike the National Mall - at night
Biking is often the fastest way to commute around the city especially in the summer. Rent a Capital BikeShare bike for the day ($8) from any of the stations located around the DC area (check out this map). This is hands-down the best way to see the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery without spending the entire day walking -- the mall is over three miles long! The best part of all is that you can drop your bike off at any of the BikeShare stations if you want to pop into one of the many free museums located nearby. You can't beat the views at night!
04. Eat and Drink
New restaurants and coffee shops are opening up almost daily in the city, but here are a few of my favorites:
American Burger at Le Diplomate
Try something off the jungle menu at Thip Khao
Order a Vietnamese Iced Coffee at Pineapple and Pearls
Experience unique dining at Rose's Luxury, avoid the line by going midweek or later in the evening. Don't forget to order off menu - the pepper pasta is perfection.
Weekend brunch is a thing here. My favorite spots are Bearnaise or Barrel in Capitol Hill.
Take in great views and good vibes in Navy Yard at Osteria Morini. The grilled octopus is delightful.
Tags: Travel, Washington, D.C.