Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path
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Sir William Blackstone statue
Parks / Gardens Washington D.C.
This is something I came across on my last trip to see the museums downtown. If you are coming from the Smithsonian towards the National Archives building you have to cut through this. It is actually...
Day Trips Washington D.C.
One of the most recognizable towns in Virginia is Arlington. Here is a picture of the Lee Mansion.
During the Civil War, Union Soldiers were buried here and that was the beginning of what is known...
Other Memorials / Monuments Washington D.C.
George Mason was a Revolutionary War patriot, member of the Virginia legislature, and delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention. He is often called the "Father of the Bill of...
Other Tours / Museums / Libraries Washington D.C.
Located directly across the street from the statue of Baron von Stueben in Lafayette Square is what looks like a very ordinary brick home . Actually, it is anything but ordinary. Originally it was...
Other Notable Buildings Washington D.C.
St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 16th and H Streets, across Lafayette Square from the White House. This church was nicknamed the Church of the Presidents because every President from Madison...
Neighborhoods / Residential Areas Washington D.C.
Your first reaction to that heading may be something along the lines of, "What is this idiot doing calling Capitol Hill 'Off the beaten Path'"? Obviously, Capitol Hill and the Capitol Building are...
National Cathedral / Other Churches / Temples Washington D.C.
Take a tour of the Washington National Chathedral, it is beautiful and worth spending time at.
After the tour stop in the little museum shop that offers unique gifts. I bought a few pencil sketches...
C &O Canal / Potomac River Washington D.C.
In 1885: Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, upon returning to Washington from her first visit to Japan, approached the U.S. Army Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, with the...
Smithsonian Institute Museums / National Zoo Washington D.C.
This is a 1947 Allan Herschell Carousel located right in front of the Smithsonian Castle. It was erected in the National Mall in 1967.
Open year-round, weather permitting.
Hours: 10 am-5:30 pm...
Organization of American States Washington D.C.
The Museum of the Americas is sponsored by the Organization of American States, which showcases the visual arts from all of its member states on a rotating basis in this museum
Exhibits change every...
Arlington VA. / National Cemetery Washington D.C.
The Land that Arlington National Cemetery is located once belonged to the family of General Robert E. Lee. After the Civil War the property was auctioned off and bought by the US government. The...
FDR Memorial Washington D.C.
The FDR memmorial is a beautiful place to be in .. its on the shore of the tidal basin on one side ... and it is sculpted with amazing fountains and the most memmorable saying of FDR ... and also...
U.S. Botanical Garden Washington D.C.
After visiting a number of landmark buildings, we were craving for our prime interest - greenery.
We found beauty blooming in Washington, DC at the United States Botanic Garden. Located on the west...
University Campuses Washington D.C.
Located at 37th & O Streets NW, in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. the Georgetown University campus was impressive and comfortable.
I came here twice, first to tour the campus and second to...
Markets / Shops / Malls Washington D.C.
I found that this gentleman had really great prices on Pakistani rugs. His name is Ahmad Arsalan and the company is "Ansaf Sure Bazar. All kinds of Hand Made Carpets & Kilim's Center." Denise is going...
Veterans War Memorials Washington D.C.
The Navy Memorial was dedicated in 1987 and the museum opened in 1991. The monument itself features four fountains, two flagpoles, 26 small bronze sculptures commemorating various Navy achievements,...
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For those of us who live here, graffiti is not always a good thing. One artist though is something of a local legend. I remember even during the toughest times you had to be amazed at this guy. You could be walking down the street and suddenly notice his tag on a wall..or a bridge or something totally common. You can see a lot of his work if you ride the Red Line metro towards Silver Spring.Since his tags are not about advocating violence or anything like that..he has become a bit of a local legend. You always secretly cheered him when you saw his tag on some out of the way thing. Now Cool Disco Dan does interviews and has been featured on tv.You're the Man Cool Disco Dan!
a nice day trip from washington d.c. is the historic town of fredericksburg. fredericksburg has a charming downtown historic district with scores of historic homes, buildings and an excellent collection of restaurants, bars and shops. for those interested in early american and civil war history fredericksburg is well worth a visit when in the washington d. c. area. fredericksburg is 50 miles south of downtown on I-95. see my fredericksburg pages for more information.
manassas national battlefield
for those interested in civil war history the manassas national battlefield is a worth while side trip from washington d. c. this interesting park covers the first and second battle of manassas also known as the battle of bull run. manassas national battlefield is located 25 miles west of downtown. from washington take I-66 west to exit 47 B then north on hwy 234 north to the battlefield. the address is 6511 sudley road. for more information see my manassas national battlefield pages.
Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
Don't miss spending a day in this charming town only a few miles from Washington just past Reagan Airport. It is chock full of shops and restaurants and beautiful walks. It has a very southern feel to it.
George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple
Just a mile from the Potomac River, in Alexandria, Virginia and overlooking the nation's capitol, stands the 333 ft. George Washington Masonic National Memorial on historic Shooters Hill. The temple is free to enter and to tour and is spectacular inside and out. Most people look at the temple and say wow what a tall building, wonder what it is, and never realize you can go on a free guided tour right to the top of the temple.This is a Masonic temple, so is closed during Masnoic meetings. Therefore check the Web site for tour details. Inside the temple you will see lavishly decorated rooms, an amazing statue of George Washington, and many other things as you travel to the top. The cryptic room is a must see and is amazing. A must see that very few people visit.
See This Web Page for Ideas
See the page (link below) from the Washington Post that's headlined, "You Haven't Lived Here if You Haven't . . ."There are some really interesting ideas of things to do in and around the Washington, DC area.
Francis Scott Key Park
While most people may know that Francis Key Scott wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” few know he was a native of Georgetown. The city has commemorated is place in history with a gorgeous city park on the southern boundary of Georgetown. We did not get to fully explore the large park but the small entrance area has a bust of the famed son of Georgetown along with a brief history of his life. 35th & M Street
Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel
The Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel is in the Gothic Revival style and was designed by Frank Renwick Jr. in 1850. Set on the highest ridge of Oak Hill Cemetery, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and perhaps the most visited site in a very impressive and scenic cemetery.We unfortunately had only one afternoon in lovely Georgetown and by the time we got to the cemetery, it was closed for the day. I grabbed this shot though the fence and later learned that photography was not permitted in the cemetery, a tough thing to abide by with such beautiful structures as this within its confines. Near the intersection of 29th and R Streets, Northwest
Though not an Ivy League school, Georgetown University certainly has much of the air of one and alumni that are prosperous in a similar fashion. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Catholic university in the United States. Healy Hall is the cornerstone building of the old quadrangle which makes up a classic college grassy area for students to relax and soak up all that Georgetown atmosphere.I love checking out high end schools since I never could afford to attend one and Georgetown did not disappoint. It was nice for Doreen who is from Germany to see up close one of the United States' more renowned schools too. Prospect & 35th Street NW.
The Exorcist Steps
For anyone that has ever seen the movie The Exorcist, a visit to The Exorcist Stairs is a must. This narrow and fairly long set of steps is where the priest rids himself of the devil by hurling himself to his death down the formidable passageway. Today, the same steps serve a more functional and less scary purpose: it is used by countless Georgetown athletes to get into great shape as the 75 steps is the equivalent of a 5 story building. Ten trips up and down should get your heart rate going if you run them. We just did them once for posterity but I can imagine if I lived in the neighborhood (and I wouldn't mind that one bit) I would use them as part of my workouts too. Connects Prospect and M Street in Georgetown. Easy to stumble across but hopefully not down. ;)
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