What to do in DC
June 4, 2012 5:29 PM Subscribe
You're a local in DC and you have a weekday off. What do you do?
posted by k8lin to travel & transportation around Washington, DC (28 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I've got the day to hang out in DC tomorrow - hooray! I've got to leave from Union Station at about 3, but I have the whole morning to do whatever (I'm staying near Union Station, so it's easy to get around on the metro from here - I don't mind traveling on the subway to get around).
What is the one thing that I shouldn't miss when I'm in town? I'm not super into touristy stuff, but would definitely go to a museum or monument if it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience kind of thing. I have been to the Capitol building and disliked the tour - I'm not really a guided tour group type. I've already been to the Air & Space museum and really liked it, but I don't want to go again. Also, I'm not interested in the Spy Museum for whatever reason (I think it's the high price of admission) but could probably be persuaded if it really is the coolest thing ever. I do not like zoos.
I'm thinking along the lines of coffee shops, bookstores, eclectic shopping, maybe a good place to hang out with my laptop and work for awhile... just something fun and a little different than what I would normally do at home. (I'm an information scientist by trade and an ex-archivist.) What in the DC area is just a do-not-miss experience?
I looked at the old threads and they were mostly food- or tourism-related. I have a few ideas as backups from those threads but I'm really looking for more off-the-beaten-path suggestions.