About Stephen C
Lives in Arlington, Virginia
Since Aug 2007
The Washington D.C. Metro area has been my home for the last three years. I am originally from the UK but now live in the U.S. with my wife and daughter. I love to travel and am always keen to get up close to new cultures and foods. Only local knowledge can unlock those truly special travel experiences.
Flea & street markets
Art galleries, Parks
Bars & clubs
Monuments & statues
Cemeteries, Historic sites
Art museums, History museums
Monuments & statues
Bodies of water
Historic sites, Theaters, History museums
It may not be the sole reason you visit this great city, but the fact that DC is the seat of US government is what makes this city the dynamic place that it is. The iconic Capitol is where the action happens, and visitors can explore its hallowed halls to see the old Senate chambers and underneath that gorgeous dome.
The Supreme Court's spectacular halls of justice are open to the public whether or not Court is in session, and they are well worth a visit.
The oldest continually operating market in DC, Eastern Market has been a bustling gathering space since it opened in 1873. Today, you'll find everything from meats and cheeses, to baked goods and fresh produce — plus an array of jewelry, artwork, and other items made by local artisans. It's a great place to stop for a bite and stay for some souvenir shopping.
From Julia Child's kitchen to Dorothy's ruby slippers, Abe Lincoln's top hat to the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Museum of American History chronicles the country through artifacts of historic and cultural importance.
Set in the midst of the National Mall, the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden is an ideal place for some well-earned relaxation.
You can't get inside the White House, but no one should come to Washington without seeing it. Set inside the W Hotel, POV Roof Terrace offers a fabulous vantage point for viewing the most famous home in the nation — and the rest of Washington along with it. It can seem pricey (and even sometimes a little snooty), but the magnificent views are worth the price of a cocktail.
Here is your chance to unleash your inner foodie or shopaholic. Georgetown combines historic streets with trendy restaurants and hip boutiques. The main artery is M Street, home to an abundance of shops and eateries, but you'll also find a breath of nature in the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens and the C&O Canal Towpath.
The Marine Corps War Memorial pays tribute to the many marines who have given their lives for their country since 1775. Based on an actual photo by photographer Joe Rosenthal during World War II, the stunning sculpture depicts six soldiers fighting to raise the American flag on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Expansive views of Washington stretch out beyond.
There is something incredibly moving about the waving rows of headstones in Arlington National Cemetery, and it's fitting that their neat lines have the precision of military ranks. On these hallowed grounds rest more than 400,000 military personnel — from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan — along with their immediate families. Much of these 612 acres sit on land that was formerly the home of Robert E. Lee, confiscated by the Union Army when he left to lead the southern troops.
Virtually its own city, this massive five-sided structure is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. Guided tours of the Pentagon take about an hour and include a 1.49-mile walk and descriptions of each branch of service. On the western side of the building, you'll find the Pentagon Memorial, which honors the 184 victims who perished when American Airlines Flight 777 was crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is often a quiet place to wander and enjoy some art and serenity.
Probably one of the most recognizable sites in the country (just look at your pennies!), the Lincoln Memorial has also been the site of countless major historic and cultural moments — from Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech to the popular movie 'Forrest Gump.'
Several of DC's memorials — including those to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. — dot the perimeter of the Tidal Basin, making this a good place to amble and take photographs.
On April 14, 1865, while watching a production of 'Our American Cousin,' from the Presidential Box of Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln was shot by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. To this day, the box remains draped with a period flag, so that visitors may honor the 'Great Emancipator' before walking across the street to the Peterson House, where the president passed away.
Although it's very small, DC's Chinatown has no lack of things to see, eat and do. As well as the many Chinese restaurants, you'll find the National Portrait Gallery and the Verizon Center — home to the Washington Wizards' basketball team and Washington Capitals' ice hockey team.