There’s lots to do in DC. But a lot of it tends to be overrun with tourists.*
There also are a lot of people out there who wear the term “native Washingtonian” like a badge.**
What about those of us who weren’t born here but have fallen in love and are committed to staying here and helping our city work? How can we prove our bona fides? What do we need to do to show that we’re not just interlopers but KNOW and LOVE the city?
I’ve solicited your recommendations, which I’ve organized here by ward, not for any political reasons but as proxy for making sure there is adequate geographic distribution. Feel free to suggest more in the comments (or make any corrections if I’ve put things in the wrong ward):***
- Ben’s Chili Bowl. Famous enough that it attracts tourists, but something to do once as a local.
- C&O canal towpath
- Free shows at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
- Dupont Circle Farmers Market
- Albert Einstein statue
- Rock Creek Cemetery. In particular, the Adams Memorial.
- H Street corridor.
- National Arboretum. In particular, check out the Corinthian Acropolis.
- Eastern Market.
- Aquatic Gardens.
- Big Chair. Not a destination in its own right, but you have to know the Big Chair if you want to be a local.
*Tourists are GOOD. Tourists add to our tax base, they pay more for Metro because they use paper farecards, and they remind us not to be TOO jaded by the fact that the White House is just a building along our walk to work.
**Native Washingtonians are also GOOD.
***I haven’t done a lot of these. I’ll be working on it, though!