D.C. August 15, 2016
12 Underrated Places In Washington DC To Take An Out-Of-Towner
There are some places in Washington DC that everyone knows: The White House, The Air & Space Museum, the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, etc. The list of tried and true tourist attractions is long in the Nation’s Capital but there’s actually much more to see than the usual haunts. When you have a friend in town or if you’re visiting DC, be sure to visit these underrated places in Washington DC to take an out of towner.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. National Museum of the American Indian
One of the largest and most diverse collections of Native American culture, artifacts, and history. The museum has some of the most incredible architecture and landscaping to add to its interest.
2. DC War Memorial
There are so many memorials in Washington DC but the DC War Memorial is a bit hidden and quieter memorials than the others. Resembling the Jefferson Memorial, with circular memorial platform is a tribute to the men and women from Washington DC who gave their lives during World War I.
3. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
The African American Civil War Museum tells the stories of the African American involvement during the Civil War. It offers a fascinating look at a dark time in the country’s history.
4. Boundary Stones
Scattered around Washington DC, there are 40 boundary stones that mark the original boundaries of Washington DC. You can find a map of where all the boundary stones are here.
5. Women’s Titanic Memorial
In Southwest DC, the Women’s Titanic Memorial is a lesser known memorial that honors the men who gave their lives so the women and children on the Titanic could be saved.
6. Anderson House
Located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, Anderson House is a former Victorian mansion along on Embassy Row that is now the home to The Society of the Cincinnati. Visitors can tour the opulent mansion and view the gorgeous interior that is a tribute to the past.
7. The National Archives Museum
Some of the most influential and historical documents live at The National Archives Museum. You can view the Magna Carta, The Civil Rights Act of 1866 and even the patent for the Coca Cola bottle at this amazing museum.
8. Old Post Office Tower
If you want an amazing view of DC, skip the lines at The Washington Monument and instead check out the Old Post Office Tower. Built in 1899 and located 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, you can see amazing panoramic views of the city.
9. Scottish Rite Temple
The House of the Temple opened in 1915 and was the headquarters of the Free Masons. Very little architectural changes have been made to the Temple since it opens and visitors can tour the museum, library, and museum.
10. Thomas Sweet Ice Cream
Why wait in a round the block line for Georgetown Cupcakes when you can head down a few blocks and get some of the most delicious homemade ice cream that exists in the country? That’s why you should always choose Thomas Sweet for your dessert if you’re in Georgetown.
11. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are connected by an underground tunnel so many people actually think they are the same museum. In fact, these two different museums make up the Smithsonian’s museums dedicated to Asian art.
12. Round Robin Bar
Inside the prestigious Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Round Robin Bar blends class and history. The first DC mint julep was mixed here and was a haunt of famous Americans like Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. The rumor is Abraham Lincoln even visited once.
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