How to Enjoy D.C. While You Are Not at Work

Posted on Thursday, Jul 05, 2018

I knew that working in D.C. would end up being whatever I wanted it to be. I would get out of this internship as much as I put into it, from work as well as from the city. Using my time wisely while I am here has been a valuable lesson.  You do not get it back and there is simply just so much to do.
Some tips that have made my time here so incredible so far are:
  • Plan your days after work and weekends, look up free things happening in the city in local newspapers as well as Facebook events . There are always free or cheap things to do. Focus on planning ahead.
  • After a day at work you will not want to leave, so trick yourself into staying in downtown D.C. after work. You can bring some comfy shoes and explore the city while saving money on the metro.
  • Do not be afraid to be the plan maker within your internship cohort. Post on the GroupMe, do a picnic at the mall, host a movie night with brownies, or share a fun place you want to visit or eat at. Chances are someone has been wanting to go there too!
  • D.C. is known for its museums, galleries, food and desserts. I made a list of each one of these according to countless blogs:
    • Museums and Galleries (to name a few…)
      • All the Smithsonian museums
      • National Archives
      • Holocaust Memorial Museum
      • Postal Service Museum
      • Martin Luther King Memorial Library
      • Library of Congress
      • Newseum
      • National Archives
      • Folger Shakespeare Library
      • Spy Museum
      • Portrait Gallery
      • National Art Gallery
      • Renwick Gallery
    • Food
      • Le Diplomate
      • Founding Farmers
      • Compass Rose
      • Good Stuff Eatery
      • Wingos (known for their mambo sauce)
      • Nando’s
      • Ben’s Chili Bowl
      • Chinatown Express
      • Enjera Restaurant
    • Sweets
      • Milk Bar
      • District Doughnut
      • Creepaway
      • Ted’s Bulletin
      • Union Station
      • Dolcezza
      • Olivia Macaron
How will you make sure to get the most of living in our nation’s capital and make your experience unforgettable?

Valentina Tovar
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Washington, D.C. | summer 2018