As soon as you drive into D.C. you'll notice how beautiful it is. D.C. is a city that is highly walkable, with wide-open avenues, front porches, old neighborhoods and river views. It was thoughtfully designed by a Parisian, Pierre L'Enfant, and it still feels that way. He came to America to help fight the revolutionary war and eventually became George Washington's trusted city planner.
Lately I've been seeing thousands upon thousands of 8th graders on their stereotypical 8th grade trips, from all over the country, touring D.C. Every time we see them I embarrass my daughter by yelling out loud, "8th graders rock!" But I've noticed that all of the tour guides seem to take these awesome 8th graders to the typical places - or they don't point out really important things... Man I'd love the opportunity to take them where the road is less traveled, at least by tourists.
To Set the Stage: active and cool?
Forbes recently had an article about D.C. and it said a couple of amazing things.
First, DC is an incredibly active city (rated #1) - everyone is biking, walking, and running all over the place and it is fairly easy because of the mild weather. It's not bitterly cold in the winter like New York City and it's not nearly as hot and humid as their neighbors to the south. And you just can't help yourself - you have to run up Lincoln's steps like Rocky Balboa (even though that's Philly). But the second thing that might surprise you is that it was listed by Forbes as the coolest city in the nation. WHAT?!!
Now many of you are going to fight them on this, and I get it, you don't think of D.C. being a cool spot to hang out in. It's pretty well known that D.C.'s after-hours crowd hangs in the ultra-preppy Georgetown area, but maybe less known is the post-college Adams Morgan neighborhood. There are even some incredibly fun places in the emerging area called the Atlas District - a formerly gritty three-block strip near Capitol Hill that brings a pretty cool twist to its bars. At the H Street Country Club, you can play mini-golf and and chow down on gourmet Mexican food. There's also the VERY authentic Bavarian Biergarten Haus, which keeps a dozen German brews on tap, and Dangerously Delicious Pies, which serves -made-from-scratch baked goods until 3:30 a.m. on weekends.
At any rate, I've put together a list of some of my favorite things about D.C. (so far).
I'm still learning the city, but if you're ever in the area, let's go hang out! Kelsey, Dancin, and I will show you around.
Here we go: