We asked our faculty and authors to share with us some of their favorite things about living in our nation’s capital. Their responses are posted in “Faculty Favorites”
Paul Powell (bio) shares his favorites.
Places to Visit
- Any Smithsonian museum, web site
- National Arboretum, especially during April-May, web site, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 202-245-2726
- Lincoln Memorial at twilight, web site, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park, Washington, DC, 202-426-6841
- Ford’s Theater for a play, web site, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-347-4833
- Capitol Building Tour, web site
- Walk around the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom time, web site, map, (use Smithsonian Metro and use the DC Circulator)
- Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (last week of June-first week of July), web site, map
- Attend a Capitol Grounds concert (Memorial Day Sunday, Fourth of July evening, and Labor Day Sunday), west lawn of the Capitol
- Walk around the Ellipse when the Christmas trees are lit, web site, map,
- Attend the National Battle BBQ Contest during late June along Pennsylvania Avenue, web site, map
- L’Auberge Chez Francois, web site, 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA, 703-759-3800 [openlist | Yelp]
- Obelisk, 2029 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-872-1180 [Gayot | openlist | Yelp]
- Hay Adams Hotel Restaurant, web site, 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-638-6600 [openlist | Yelp]
- Acadiana, web site, 901 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-408-8848 [Gayot | Tyler Cowen’s Ethnic Dining Guide | Yelp]
- Generous George’s Positive Pizza and Pasta Place, web site, 3006 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 703-370-4303 [Yelp]
For more, also see our Visiting Washington DC pages
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