The Top 4 Areas To Visit In DC


Sunset over the National Gallery of Art in the heart of DC.

Arlingtonians  have many privileges; one of the biggest being the proximity to the District. DC has loads of cool things to offer, with very easy access to them. The Metro is by far the most convenient and cheapest form of public transportation; there are many stops scattered through the most prominent places.

So where are the hot spots, Wakefield?

Eastern Market: The Eastern Market is an outdoor market place located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Tons of vendors local and global come to the market to set up stands, booths, and trucks, carrying a variety of different products. The Eastern Market is notorious for its vivacious atmosphere. Art, jewelry, vintage clothing, handmade soaps, food…EVERYTHING is sold at Eastern Market. Some even compare it to a real life Etsy.

Georgetown: Georgetown is a residential and commercial district located along the Potomac river in DC. Georgetown is famous for Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, which houses its restaurant and shopping district. Some of the well-known shops include Patagonia, Jack Wills, Levi’s, and Urban Outfitters. It is a great place to go if you want a quiet, cute, day in the town.

“My favorite place in DC is the Georgetown Visitation campus or along the canal because it is literally gorgeous” says junior Anise Dorsey. A famous local favorite is the sweet shop “Baked and wired;” some say Georgetown Cupcakes is nothing compared to it.

Chinatown: Chinatown is a popular district in DC. Chinatown is distinguishable by its friendship arch and surplus of authentic restaurants and shops. Chinatown is home to the Verizon Center and Lucky Strike bowling. The best thing about Chinatown is definitely the food; different places specialize in making different things such as hand woven accessories and sweets.

A few of the best places: Joy Luck House for bubble tea; Pho DC for Pho, and Ping Pong Dim Sum for dumplings. Chinatown is a very urban and upbeat area; it’s the perfect place for a night out, or just to get some really great food.

The Mall: The National Mall is by far the most well-known area in DC. It is in the center of the Smithsonian museums, government buildings, and national monuments and memorials. It is a very touristy area, but is certainly worth fighting the crowed. “I love to see the mineral display in the Natural History Museum. It always astonishes me how beautiful the rocks are” says senior Becca Rowell.

The National Mall houses The National Gallery of Art which has one of the largest collections of Renaissance paintings, including those from famous artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Monet. The Botanic Garden is also along the mall; it is a live museum of multicolored flowers and dwarf plants sent over from around the world.

The Freer Gallery of Art is an amazing museum and could be considered one of the prettiest buildings in DC. It is the perfect place for spending the day outside.