Politician or not, you should definitely visit Washington, D.C. at some point in your life. Not only for it's history, but because it's beautiful place with a lot to do and we have amazing food!
The tourist places are not overrated — taking a stroll around the National Mall
to see all of the monuments is a must. You can also take a tour of the East Wing of the White House
if you request it from your Congressman/woman in advance. One of my local tips is to go see the Lincoln Memorial
and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
at night. The lighting against a black sky is stunning — plus there are less tourists around. If you don't want to walk, you can always take a segway tour
Another amazing thing DC has to offer over other cities is that there are 17 Smithsonian museums
here — and they are all free! Many of the museums are located right on or around the National Mall so you won't have to go far to see them. I also recommend taking a peek inside the Library of Congress
and taking a tour of the Capitol
If you have time, I also recommend visiting the National Cathedral
. It's stunning, and you'll be shocked at just how large it is. Every time you go down a staircase and turn a corner, there's another amazing mosaic. It's the 6th largest cathedral in the world!
If you want to go shopping there are a few areas you can hit up — Georgetown, 14th Street between P and U, Union Market
, and City Center
. Outside of DC in the Virginia suburbs you can also visit Tyson's Corner. Some of my favorite shops around the city are Salt & Sundry, Redeem, Barney's, Jo Malone London, Good Wood, Rag & Bone, Nomad Yard, Steven Alan, and Le Labo.
Meg Birman is a lifestyle blogger and social media consultant based in Washington D.C. Follow her @megbiram and check out her site www.megbiram.com.