The D.C. bucket list

Fall in Washington, D.C.

I’ve lived in the D.C. area for going on four years now and I’ve seen only a fraction of the city in that time. That’s where this list comes from.

The husband and I don’t necessarily want to live in D.C. forever, or well, we have no idea where we’ll end up. So before that happens there are some must-dos for D.C. living. (The full slideshow of picture evidence is here). As you can see, it’s tough to see all of D.C. even when you live here!

With next week being MLK weekend, the husband and I are plotting some staycation, D.C. bucket list check-offs. There’s so much to do here, we shouldn’t be spending our weekends sitting at home. So where to start?


Washington Cherry Blossom Festival.

Boat trip from Georgetown to Old Town
Jazz in the Park
Outdoor movie
Kayak or canoe on Potomac
Boat on Potomac – [post: I’m on a boat]
A big tourist event — Obama’s inauguration [no post]
Cherry Blossom Festival
Bike around Potomac parkways
ice skating at Sculpture Garden
D.C. Shakespeare Theater Company performance


D.C. United Game Time.

Capitals game
Orioles game
Nats game
D.C. United
Redskins or Ravens
Exhibition/ other game — U.S. Mens team in Gold Cup game [post: It was the best weekend ever]
Navy or Maryland game ?
Georgetown Basketball


Library of Congress

AFI in Silver Spring
Hiking in Rock Creek Park
National Zoo
Memorials at night
Holocaust Museum
Other Museums — American History, Natural History, American Indian, Air and Space, Portrait Gallery, Art museums
Kennedy Center – Wicked [post: Wicked Through and Through]
D.C. Waterfront
National Archives
National Harbor – Once with work [post: random life and hi mom] and also for Beer, BBQ and Bourbon Festival [here]
Roosevelt Island
Arlington Cemetery — been before but need some more time there
Washington Masonic Temple
White House – Covered Obama presser for work
National Cathedral
Supreme Court — several oral arguments including Citizens United
Ford’s Theater
Eastern Market
Library of Congress
Top of Old Post Office  –
what a view!
Mary Surratt’s house, now a Chinese Restaurant
MLK memorial
Navy Yard / Fort McNair / Greenleaf Pennisula


New York City is about 4 hours away.

Virginia winery tour
Mount Vernon — thinking President’s day
Great Falls
Harpers Ferry, West Va.
Monticello – I’ve been when I was younger, but want to go again
Montpelier (James Madison’s house) in Orange, Va.
Brewery Tours — Flying Dog (Md.), Port City (Va.), Dogfish Head (Del.), DC Brau (D.C.)
Eastern Shore — Bethany Beach, Del. [post here]
Philadelphia, Pa.
New York City
Baltimore — & Fort McHenry  [post: Good morning, rainy Baltimore]
National Aquarium (Baltimore)

I’ll keep adding to this list for sure and I’ll update it here as I check items off. I also have an entire list of bars and restaurants to check out in the city, too. There’s a post on that coming soon.

What should I add? Have you done any of this? If so, any advice?

5 Responses to “The D.C. bucket list”
  1. Clare says:

    Awesome list!! I need to look back at mine and update/see what I need to start doing! The only thing I’d add to your list is Fallingwater in PA. It’s only about 3.5 hours away and it is well worth the trip. Especially if you like art/architecture. We went to a VA winery for the first time in November and it made me realize that one wasn’t enough!

    • Liz says:

      Oh thanks for the recommendation! I’ll look into that and add to the list. I bought a Groupon (no surprise there) for a winery tour, so I need to check that one off soon! I swear I’m forgetting some major items on this list though.

  2. Brian Davis says:

    Awesome list, Liz. I love the idea of a restaurants list; I’ve thought about maintaining such a list, but haven’t put the time into it.

  3. Ellicott City, James Monroe’s house (Ash Lawn-Highland), George Mason’s house, St. Michaels, MD on the Eastern Shore, a horse race at Charles Town… I’ll come up with more.

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