Are you looking for something unusual to do aside from the standard
sites in Washington, D.C.? These offbeat hidden gems offer an insider
look at what to see beyond the obvious museums and attractions on the
There is so much to discover in Washington, D.C. beyond what you
will find on the National Mall. Despite the obvious museums and
attractions there are several spots that fly under the radar. Leave
the touristy stuff behind and check out some of these hidden treasures.
Boathouses line the shores of the Potomac River.
They offer everything from kayaks and sailboats to peddle boats and
stand-up paddleboards. Whether you rent a boat or take a kayak lesson,
there are ample opportunities to get out and play on the water. Right
in the middle of the city and just a few blocks from the National
Monument, you can rent swan boats to paddle around on the Tidal Basin.
Pack your things in a water repellent Sport Tote,
which will keep your belongings dry.
Spies of Washington Tour
Washington, D.C. has been a hub for intelligence activity for over
two hundred years. You’ve probably heard about the International Spy
Museum in D.C., but what you might not know is that you can go on a
spy tour of the city. The Spies of Washington Tour takes you behind the
scenes with a career Air Force intelligence officer to learn spy
stories about espionage and betrayal while visiting famous, and not so
famous, sites around town.
Food Truck fanatics won’t want to miss this monthly gathering. Once
a month, from April to October, some of the best kitchens on wheels
converge at the Bullpen for Truckaroo. Located adjacent to Nationals Park,
food trucks at this festival dish out tasty treats like gourmet
empanadas, Korean BBQ tacos, crab cakes and homemade ice cream sandwiches.
United States Botanical Garden
Smack in the middle of a concrete jungle sits an urban oasis. The botanical
garden was established in 1820 and is free to all visitors. This
living plant museum is open for exploring every day of the year. In
additional to extraordinary exhibits, the Conservatory, with its two
courtyards and ten garden rooms, is always in bloom with plants from
around the world. The outdoor National Garden is home to the Rose,
Butterfly and First Ladies Water garden.
Just a few miles north of the White House, equestrians of all ages
and abilities can go horseback riding without ever having to leave the
city. Rock Creek Park Horse Center offers both group
and private riding lessons for those wanting to improve their
horsemanship skills. No experience is necessary for their guided
walking trail rides. They even have supervised pony rides for the
youngest of riders beginning at age two and half. This is truly a
hidden gem in the nation’s capital.
Curious about what to bring on an off the beaten path adventure in
the nation’s capital? Don’t start packing your bag without watching What to Pack for
a Trip to Washington, D.C.first. It will help you bring just the
right things for your trip.
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