One of the nights I was there I went on a bus tour organized by NCURA, the organization that was putting on the meeting I was attending. It was free and so awesome! I expected to just drive past some of the sites around the city but we saw many of the prominent places around town and got out and walked a bunch, too. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable and enthusiastic which, of course, made it that much more fun. I'm so glad I ventured out and did this.
Another night I went to Georgetown with a couple girls I met at the meeting (Hi Ashley!!). We shopped, ate a great dinner, and stood in line to try the very famous Georgetown Cupcakes. One hundred percent serious when I say they were the best cupcakes I've ever eaten!
I spent one whole afternoon by myself just being a tourist. When the three day meeting concluded I had a free afternoon since I had to stay in town for a workshop the following day. I hit the streets, did a ton of walking, but also saw so many great things. I went to the National Archive, Holocaust Museum, saw Ford's Theater, walked along the mall, and then walked all the way back to my hotel in the DuPont Circle Area. I didn't plan on walking it all but once I was out there I just kept going! It was actually really fun to just get out there and explore on my own.
What other U.S. destinations are must-see? What is your favorite city you've visited?