Living in Washington, D.C., means there’s always something to do! This city is fast-paced, with museums to explore, networking to be done, events to attend, people to meet, and reservations to make. It can get a little overwhelming if you try to do it all, but once you learn a healthy balance, you’ll be making memories and trying new things non-stop. Coming into this experience, I had big plans to see as much of the city as possible while getting the most out of my internship on the hill. After scrambling around the first few weeks, I learned it’s better to spread things out and plan ahead. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time in the city…
- Make a list of everything you want to do. Think museums, monuments, parks, shopping, restaurants, and parts of town.
- Figure out where each thing is located and how you can get there. You can access many places by taking the metro and walking, while for some, you’ll have to call an uber or take the bus.
- Decide what to do and when! I realized lots of things are closer together than I originally thought so it might be more efficient to do two or three things in the same day if they’re all in the same part of town. This will save you money and time in the long run so you don’t have to pay for multiple ubers or metro rides to the same area.
- Be flexible. Sometimes exhibits at museums are closed for renovations or for private events, or events sell out quickly. Things will not always work with your schedule, or plans will fall apart, so be willing to make adjustments when needed.
- Don’t be afraid to do the same thing twice. You might love the place you visited and want to make plans to go back, and you should if it’s something you enjoyed. There’s no harm in repeating experiences if they bring you joy! One of the places I keep going back to is Old Town Alexandria. The area is so cute, and everyone is so nice!
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Spring 2023 | Washington, D.C