• Caitlin McAninch

5 Things to do in Washington D.C.

Updated: Feb 16, 2019



The summer going into my senior year of college I got an internship in Washington D.C. At the time, I was so nervous to go, but it was one of the best summers I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been there a few times now, and I’ve been lucky enough to see most of the city and discover beautiful places that I love to go back to.

The following are my top 5 favorite things to do while I’m in Washington D.C. I’ve gathered photos from all my visits for this blog, so it’s safe to say I repeat my favorite things! Read on to get details on the activities.

1. Visit the Monuments at Night.

All of the buildings that stand along the National Mall are spectacular. Maybe it’s because there is nothing like them in Reno, but I am always in awe of their beauty and grandeur. But there is nothing more amazing than the monuments at night. I love them all when they’re lit up. If you have the option to go walk around at night, it’s a must see.


2. Visit the National Zoo.

I have a love/hate relationship with zoos. I love the animals and getting to see them up close, but I also feel guilty seeing them locked in cages. But, my love is stronger, and going to zoos is truly one of my favorite things to do in all cities. The National Zoo is for sure my most favorite zoo. It has amazing animals, but it also is just a beautiful park to be in. The set-up to see the pandas is perfect. I have gone every time that I’ve visited D.C.

This past time, I woke up early and hopped on the metro to go to the zoo. I was on my way when it started drizziling. But, by the time I got off at my stop and started walking to the zoo entrance, it was pouring rain. I arrived drenched from head to toe. I now own an umbrella, with pictures of Bao Bao on it! Still love the zoo though.



3. Eat

As you can see if you checked out my Food Diary Week One or Week Two, I really love good food and trying new places. D.C. has such a broad range of cultures and ethnicities that there are hundreds of places to eat that I have never seen anywhere else. You can walk down the street and pass all types of restaurants. Everytime I go to D.C., I feel like I gain a lot of weight, but it’s so worth it.


4. Take Selfies with the Monuments.

I wouldn’t say this is really my favorite thing to do, but I always do it. I love all the monuments, and I love sending pictures to everyone, with my face in them. When you walk around the monuments, there are always tons of people taking selfies, and offering to take pictures of one another. It’s really cool, and like I said, it’s just beautiful.


5. Do Touristy Things.

My friend from D.C., Kat, loves to say “you’re such a tourist” to me. She always laughs at the fact that I love to go and do the same things every time I visit, but I can’t help it. There are so many things to do in D.C. that I just can’t do at home. One of the top touristy things I think everyone should do is go to the top of the Washington Monument. The view is incredible, and it’s a brilliant way to see the city.



There are many museums and buildings that you can tour, but my all time favorite building is the Library of Congress. I think it is the most beautiful inside. I just love it!


What are your favorite things to do in Washington D.C.? What are your do-not-misses? Share in the comments below!

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