I know what you’re thinking. I have explored DC. I have seen the Mall, numerous non-Mall museums, some art galleries and have been to H Street. I have seen surrounding national parks and landmarks. Look, I understand this feeling all too well. DC is a small city, and sometimes you feel there is nowhere left to explore.
However, the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will prove you wrong. This weekend the foundation is hosting their What’s Out There Weekend, an event that provides residents and tourists a chance to explore 25 free publicly accessible sites throughout the district. Not only will they tell you what these sites are, but they are offering free guided tours by experts at different times of day.
Some of their sites include the Franciscan Monastery Garden, Fort Circle Parks, Hillwood, Tregaron and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.
The Franciscan Monastery Garden and Hillwood (via TCLF)
Been to of all of these? If you have, I am truly impressed. For those like me who haven’t, TCLF has a very good website that gives you information, directions and pictures of these different cultural landscapes. The landscapes encompass gardens, historical sites, cultural landmarks, and landscape design innovations.
All information on What’s Out There Weekend and its 25 featured sites can be found here. If you still want to do MORE exploring, Cultural Tourism DC is also offering Walking Town and Biking Town DC tours this weekend as well (details here). So get out of the house!