Things to do in Washington D.C

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Things to do in Washington D.C

This is a guest post from our campus ambassador Andrea Teggart from Ohio University.
Washington DC is a hot internship spot this summer. The area is full of opportunities both personally and professionally! I had my first internship in Washington DC two years ago and learned SO much during my internship but also outside of the 9-5 hours.While your actual internship is your #1 priority this summer, it&s important for you to make the most out of the entire experience. This means navigating and exploring the city! There are SO many things to do while in DC and making time on the weekends or after your internship is finished for the day. Make sure you take advantage of the historic culture and hundreds of (often free!) activities this summer! I&ve compiled a quick list of ten places to go or things to do while interning in DC this summer.
  • Smithsonian museums: from the American Indian Museum to the Air & Space Museum to the National Zoo...there are twenty Smithsonian museums in DC that you can check out FOR FREE! Trust me - these museums are FAR from boring. When I interned in DC I tried to go to one museum each weekend just to get the most out of these awesome places. Check out the Smithsonian website for more info here.
  • Explore Georgetown! This is such a fun place to shop, eat and go out on weekends! There are TONS of shops and bars and the vibe is very young and hip. Make sure to check out Annie Cheesecake in Georgetown for fabulous vintage shopping and the Rugby by Ralph Lauren restaurant for dinner and a great drink. There are WAY too many amazing restaurants to list. I recommend just taking the metro to the Georgetown area and pick ANYWHERE to eat and start exploring!
  • Eastern Market: This is a weekly flea market every Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm. The "Eastern Market" metro stop leads you RIGHT to the market. There are cute little coffee shops nearby, but also tons of tents and vendors selling goodies. You can buy clothes, AMAZING jewelry, homemade food and more. Also, there are TONS of samples of locally-grown hummus, salsa and more. Eastern Market was one of my favorite spots in the city. The EM website is here.
  • Annapolis! If you have a car this summer in DC, I recommend driving to Annapolis, Maryland. It&s a 45-minute drive but this city was absolutely one of the best parts of my summer. It&s beyond adorable and fun and the home of the United States Military Academy. This is a fun day-trip on weekends! 
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is eye-opening and life changing.
  • Visit the beautiful town of Alexandria, Virginia! This historic city is right on the waterfront and is an amazing area. The weekend following July 4th, the city has an out-of-this-world fireworks celebration on the water. It was the perfect way to celebrate our country!
  • Monuments! Hike around the city during the day or during the evening to see the monuments. You can climb to the top of the Washington Monument, check out the Jefferson Memorial and my personal favorite, the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Get on a bus! If you want to see A LOT of historic places in just one day, I recommend taking a bus tour. You can see so many different historic sites and cultural places in a few hours and get on and off whenever you want. If you are interested in visiting one of the spots the bus stops, you can get off and hop on another bus when you are ready to continue the tour. The best part? It&s only $16 for one full day of exploring! For more info on DC bus tours, click here.
  • Adams-Morgan is another super young and fun area to explore and go out! Check out more info about the exciting neighborhood here.
  • Get to know other college students! DC and the surrounding area is jam-packed with colleges;  University of MarylandAmerican University and George-Washingon are just a few. These colleges still have lots of students sticking around for the summer so head out to that area or check out the college summer activities.
  • Screen on the Green! Every Monday night starting in mid-July, there are free movies on the National Mall (an outside area of land in the middle of the district). Bring a blanket, some snacks and a friend to enjoy an outdoor movie..for free!

Hopefully this list gets you excited for your internship and fabulous summer in DC! I also found this post: "Fun Under Age 21: A Guide to 21 Things To Do in Washington". That will give you even more ideas and suggestions for making this summer an absolutely amazing time. Enjoy!