What to do?

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I have been thinking lately about what a blessing it has been to be here in Washington, DC, the nation’s capitol. There are so many opportunities here to see things that I would have never had the opportunity to see had I never come to Gallaudet. I think about the typical college student who comes here to this amazing city and seldom leaves the confines of the school grounds or the all-too-limited hot spots such as Union Station, Pentagon City Mall or Wheaton Mall. There is a whole big world out there! Enjoy it while you are here!

I figure that most people do not even know where to begin when they are trying to plan their weekend excursions. I suppose I will do my best to give an easy guide for those wishing to add a little spice to their free time.

First, I will start with the most obvious of things to do while here in DC. From the Smithsonian metro stop, you can access a whole world of opportunities that took me all of last semester to complete. The National Mall with its monuments and museums is definitely a must. Some museums are worth the visit, such as the Museum of Natural History, National Gallery or Art (both the west and east wings), Freer Gallery, Sackler Gallery, Air and Space Museum, Holocaust Museum, Jefferson Memorial (with the Cherry Blossom Festival in March and April), and the Botanic Gardens. Others are somewhat decent and are prone to various preferences such as the International Gallery, Museum of African Art, Hirshorn Museum and National Museum of the American Indian.

 

From the Archives metro stop, which is not far from the Smithsonian stop or National Mall, there is the National Archives (of course), Newseum (but it costs to get in, the other museums do not cost anything), and the Old Post Office Building, which has an incredible view of DC from its tower. There is also a Starbucks and a few restaurants in this area for those of you who get hungry or thirsty during your adventures.

From the Capitol South metro stop or by walking down the National Mall, one can easily access the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress, which are both worth the trip. If possible, arrange with your state’s senator or representative to give you a tour of the capitol. Farragut West and McPherson Square metro stops both are near the White House. For tour information, call 202.456.7041 or visit their website at www.whitehouse.gov.

 

Other places that are worth a visit include Georgetown (wonderful shopping and dining experiences and various festivals throughout the year), the National Cathedral, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (the 5th largest cathedral in the world and the largest in the U.S.), DuPont Circle (FYI it is the gay district in DC and it also has great restaurants and coffee shops), the DC Zoo at the Woodley Park-Zoo metro stop, the Ballston Mall, Arlington Cemetery, and Mount Vernon.

I encourage any students or visitors to DC to take advantage of these opportunities. They are all free! I didn’t even list the places you can go if you have money in your pockets (except for the Newseum)! There is so much culture and history and neat things to see. Instead of going to the same old Union Station to look at the same old stores and to eat the same old food, go to one of these places. I hope that you accept this challenge and in turn reap the wonderful benefits of having ventured out into the hub of our country’s capitol.

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One Response to “What to do?”

  1. Being a HUG at Gallaudet: Activities and Places to Eat « gBlog - how we see it… Says:

    […] out this blog for more information on other things to do in DC: https://gallaudetblog.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/what-to-do/ and https://gallaudetblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/my-last-day/ for information about sightseeing, […]

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