Your New Home: Explore Washington, DC
Thomas Jefferson envisioned it as “America’s Paris,” while George Washington called it “The Federal City.” However you picture Washington, DC, it fulfills its reputation of being an imperial city with vibrant energy. One of the most diverse, sophisticated, historic cities in the United States, it’s a place where American University students love to live and work.
During your time at AU, make sure you check out some of these must-see places in the city, as recommended by Afar magazine.
DC’s world-renowned monuments and memorials honor influential history makers and fallen U.S. heroes. From anywhere along the National Mall you can see the iconic obelisk-shaped Washington monument. Feel the presence of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln while gazing up at their statues, or be inspired by Martin Luther King.
Visit 14th Street and Georgetown in the northwest section of town for your choice of multicultural dining options. For a taste of true DC, head to Maine Avenue Fish Market for Old Bay-coated crabs, or order the district’s signature dish, a “half-smoke,” at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Remember to check out the great dining options on campus for AU Accelerator students.
Music and Theater
Check out the Kennedy Center’s schedule of free daily performances that take place on the Millennium Stage. If you’re a fan of rock and alternative music, head to the 9.30 Club, an iconic venue that books today’s best up-and-coming acts.
DC neighborhoods have their own unique characters and vibes, and most of them are best explored on foot. For a cool vibe with international flair, Dupont Circle (with Embassy Row nearby) is the destination to see. If politics excites you, then explore Capitol Hill, which is especially lively on weekends with its outdoor flea market.
Need more inspiration? Check out the full article at afar.com.