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”
Dan Parks (bio), an editor at Congressional Quarterly, shares his favorites.
Best place to take an out-of-town guest to show off your knowledge of the Washington area
Roosevelt Island, for an amazingly serene nature stroll located in the middle of six million people, and for the impressive, under-appreciated Teddy Roosevelt Memorial. web site, map (only accessible by car from the northbound lanes of George Washington Parkway, just north of I-66, and by bike and foot on the Mt. Vernon Trail from the Rosslyn side of Key Bridge)
Best beer selection
- The Reef: the owner knows his Belgians and keeps a rotating selection on tap. web site, 2446 18th Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-518-3800 [Beeradvocate.com]
- Brickskeller: hundreds of bottle varieties from around the world Big Hunt. It’s a dive, but excellent selection on tap. Try my local favorite, Tupper’s Hop Pocket Ale. web site, 1523 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-293-1885 [Yelp]
Best place with view in a hip neighborhood
- Tabaq Bistro, on U Street. Good food, good wine, and a sweeping view of the city from the glass-enclosed rooftop. web site, 1336 U Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-265-0965 [Yelp]
- Catch some live jazz nearby afterwards at U-Topia on U Street or at the Vegas Lounge on P Street.
U-Topia, web site, 1418 U Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-483-7669 [Washington Post | Yelp]
Vegas Lounge, web site, 1415 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-483-3971 [Yelp]
Best bike ride
From Rosslyn, the paved Mount Vernon Trail trail takes you along the Potomac River to Old Towne Alexandria, and then continues on to Mount Vernon. It’s 40 miles round trip, so bring water and a power bar.
Mount Vernon Trail, web site from National Park Service, web site from Bike Washington
Also see “The Visitor’s Biking Guide to Washington DC“
For more, also see our Visiting Washington DC pages
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