What to See and Do in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Leverick
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Washington, DC, America’s capital, is a historical city of great importance to the tapestry of American identity. The city is scattered with grand monuments to leaders passed, museums for the preservation of domestic and global achievements and iconic brownstone residential architecture that has transcended fluctuating architectural styles to become a symbol of Washington. Although Washington is blessed with a rich history of political power, the city has not rested on those laurels, and as the capital of the United States, there is so much more to the city to discover. As an immensely popular city to its residents and outsiders, Washington’s renowned for its variety, from beautiful city parks to intimate jazz bars - there’s more to the city than you may know. Check out our guide to the best things to do and see when you’re next in Washington, DC. 

 

National Mall 

The National Mall has witnessed seismic, defining moments in recent human history such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech and many Presidential elections including those of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. It is no wonder, therefore, that the National Mall is one of the most visited sites in the whole of the United States. The 1000 acres of public space is scattered with memorials to defining moments in American history, the repercussions of which have disseminated throughout the globe and altered the course of human history forever. Visited by millions year after year an iconic image in popular media since the age of television began and overlooked by the imposing Washington Monument, the Nation Mall in all its grandeur is an essential landmark to visit when in Washington. 

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National’s Park 

National’s Park is the home ground for the Major League Baseball team Washington Nationals and is regarded by many as the best baseball stadium in the entire world. From its highest gallery, fans can grab a glimpse of the Capitol building a few miles away. Opened in 2008, the ‘Nats’ stadium as it is known by locals, is equipped with fantastic amenities including food and drink options. Its design and popularity have defined it as the jewel in the crown of the recently renovated Southeastern Waterfront. A great family day out, the National’s Park will give you an authentic understanding of what sport means to Washingtonians. 

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Blues Alley

Blues Alley is a lesser-known attraction in Washington. Operating out of a townhouse house in the Georgetown district, Blues Alley has been serving live jazz and simple, delicious food since 1965. As the longest-running jazz-bar-cum-restaurant in the US, the stage has played host to some of the greatest jazz musicians of the past century from Esperanza Spalding to Dizzy Gillespie and a range of local acts. To attend, visitors must purchase a reservation for a table that comes with a minimum spend of $12 on food and drink per person. Enjoy the home-cooked creole dishes and a cold beer whilst being serenaded by talented musicians at this alternative attraction. 

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Smithsonian Museum

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, housing 19 museums including the National Museum of African American History, the National History Museum and the American Art Museum. These are all beautifully curated educational facilities that have been at the cutting edge of academia for decades. Try the Smithsonian National Zoo on the weekends when the park becomes one of the most popular destinations in the city. Famous for its rare residents, Chinese giant pandas Bei Bei and Tian Tian, Asian Elephants, Orangutans, Sumatran tigers and many more. 

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The Anthem

Set in Washington’s most recently developed waterfront, The Anthem is a state-of-the-art mixed-use facility occupying a large ex-industrial building in the heart of The Wharf. Designed by the Rockwell Group, the focus for its creation was a modern, creative space to bring the city’s community together over the love of the arts. Evoking the industrial foundations the centre occupies, the 57,000 square foot space seamlessly integrates within the overall neighbourhood, playing testament to the city’s history through its design. The theatre capacity ranges from 2000 to 6000 seats depending on the demand for the concert. In recent years, it has hosted global bands including the Foo Fighters, Bob Dylan, Bon Iver, Morrissey, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher. For your chance to see a world-famous act in one of America’s hottest venues, choose your next home in Washington DC with Propeterra. 

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Washington lives up to its status as America’s capital city. It is developing at a faster rate than ever before, with more and more people choosing Washington as their next home. It's no wonder demand for residential real estate in the city is growing thanks to the many activities, sights, history and relaxation opportunities on offer. To live in what many consider the greatest city in the US, contact Propeterra today to find out about your real estate investment opportunities in the city. 

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