As part of my 12 for 12, I’m toying (as in who knows if it’ll really happen) with the idea of visiting Washington DC this year. The only time I’ve ever visited our nation’s capitol was a rushed few days way back in 1990. I had just spent 5 months in Europe and I stopped to visit my cousin on the way home. My mom and aunt flew out from California and we spent a week in New York, which included a few days in Washington. Unfortunately, at that point I was tired of living out of a backpack and was ready to be home, so my memories are vague. I know I visited the Smithsonian, and the Vietnam Memorial, and I remember looking up at the Washington Monument, but that’s it.
So. For those of you who have either lived in the area, or spent time there, what should I see? Not so much in DC itself (unless it’s some hidden treasure that isn’t so obvious), since I can figure that out, but what else is in the neighborhood that shouldn’t be missed (like Mt. Vernon)?
Shout out your ideas!