When you live in a place for a while, even a place as prominent as Washington, D.C., you start to take its beauty, its highlights and its history for granted. That’s why I love when friends and family come and visit me—it gives me an opportunity to see the city afresh, through their eyes. I always enjoy experiencing a fresh perspective on the monuments, buildings and locations that I sometimes take for granted.
I’m often asked to list my top ten highlights of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, and I always give a lot of thought to my answers. When I travel (which you know I love to do!), I like to search out the special places that are off the beaten path. I like to call this #ExploreMore, and I wanted to pass that experience on to those who ask for my top ten list.
I’ve finally decided to make a video for my recommendations. Of course, the best time of the year to visit is during the Cherry Blossom Festival each April, but I also love the fall for exploring the trails in Northern Virginia and Maryland.
If you only have 72 hours in this spectacular area, this rounds up my favorite places to visit for nature and outdoor activities; arts and entertainment; as well as history and sightseeing. Even if you’ve visited before, I hope my video will provide you with some places you haven’t seen yet.