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”
Al Swift (bio), a former Member of Congress, shares his favorites.
Five most interesting places to visit
- Washington’s Tomb or what was supposed to be that. It is now the place they store the Lincoln catafalque which has been used for every person who has laid in state in the rotunda since it was used for Abraham Lincoln. It is kind of hard to find but it is directly beneath the center of the Capitol Dome. Just keep going down. web site, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC.
- The Brumidi Corridor in the U.S. Capitol, Senate side. web site, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC.
- The Capitol Rotunda. web site, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC.
- The Lincoln Memorial. web site, Independence Avenue SW & 23rd Street SW, Washington, DC.
- The Smithsonian. Some of these are pretty standard, but they are not ordinary. web site, map of museums on or near the National Mall, 202-633-1000.
Five most favorite “fun” things to do
- Have a martini, a cigar, and a conversation at Shelly’s Back Room, a tavern in DC. One of only two places in DC where you can enjoy a good cigar while wetting one’s whistle. web site, 1331 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-737-3003.
- Go to the National Zoo. web site, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-4800.
- Go to the Arboretum. web site, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 202-245-2726.
- Ride the paddle boats in the Tidal Basin. This is one that I have not done, but it always seemed like fun. web site, 1501 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 202-479-2426.
Five favorite restaurants
Well, I’m a truck driver’s son and while I’ve learned to like the finer things in life, I haven’t forgotten the joys of a good peanut butter and jam sandwich…
- The Prime Rib for steak and lobster bisque. web site, 2020 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-466-8811. [WaPo | Washingtonian | Yelp]
- The Monocle for history and politics with your meal. web site, 107 D Street NE, Washington, DC, 202-546-4488 [WaPo | Yelp]
- Hard Times Cafe, any of them for chili. I like Texas, halfway wet with onions on the side. web site, many locations throughout the area. [WaPo | Washingtonian | Yelp]
- Five Guys any of them for hamburgers, what else? web site, many locations throughout the area. [WaPo | Washingtonian | Yelp]
- BJs Sandwich Shop in the National Press Building. For good sandwiches when you are on the run. (But I’ve never tried their PB&Js.) web site,
For more, also see our Visiting Washington DC pages
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