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What Should You Do First After Moving to Washington DC?

Determining which attractions to take advantage of first after moving to Washington, DC, can be overwhelming.  The area is a living history book full of monuments and memorable experiences.  Here's a quick list of what to tackle first:

The Smithsonian

A popular choice for tourists and history buffs, the Smithsonian Institution Building is actually a collective name for 15 separate museums ranging from the origins of man to American history to space travel.  With its own metro stop on the orange/blue line, the majority of the Smithsonian museums are located on the Mall. Since it's impossible to see all of the museums' treasures in one visit, living in the area allows you take advantage of all the treasures they have to offer on a more leisurely timeframe.


Strolling through Georgetown is a must for new visitors.  Ideal for shopping as well as a unique assortment of eateries and bistros, Georgetown is also home to Georgetown University as well as other historic homes and landmarks in its cobblestone streets.

Attend a Concert

Concerts are huge in Washington D.C. and the city is home to a few great venues. The legendary Kennedy Center in Foggy Bottom provides an excellent site for theatre and musical events or you can take in an outdoor concert at Wolftrap Farm Park.

The Three Houses of Government

While visiting the Capitol Building as well as the different houses of Congress may be considered touristy, it's still a thrill to see democracy in action.  Nearby, the majestic Supreme Court building is also open to the public.  While it does not offer guided walking tours, visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the educational programs as well as visit court sessions on the first floor, available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The C & O Canal

A historic park near Georgetown providing opportunities for biking, kayaking and walking along the canal, this is one of the most popular parks in the area. Take the entire family to learn about the history of the canal or just enjoy the scenic trails.

Old Town Alexandria

A fascinating area with art galleries, eclectic shops and antique homes, Old Town Alexandria is full of history. Take advantage of a walking tour or just spend time here discovering the many museums, shops, restaurants, parks and more.

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