I grabbed today’s 10 on Tuesday idea — places I’ve been meaning to visit — from Hillary, though I’m going to approach it slightly differently than she did. My travel wish list is insanely long, so I decided to stick to things closer to home and list the places that, really, I should have visited by now.
1. Mount Vernon – I’m a huge history geek and I’ve lived in the area for more than a decade, and yet I’ve never been. Yeah, I don’t get it either.
2. The National Archives – I’ve been to the research part of the archives, but never the touristy part on the other side where all the important American documents are.
3. The new(ish) Smithsonian Museum of American History – The renovated exhibit space has been open for at least a year, probably more, and I haven’t gotten down to see it yet.
4. The Supreme Court – I’ve been to both the Capitol and the White House during the time I’ve lived in DC, so if I make it to the court one of these days, I’ll complete my branches of government set.
5. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – This is just up 295 from where I live, and the waterlilies are supposed to be amazing in the spring.
6. The Newseum – I used to blame the fact that it was across the river in Rosslyn for never going. Now it’s downtown and there’s really no excuse.
7. The Franciscan Monastery – I’m told this is somewhere in Northeast DC, and despite being as lapsed-Catholic as they come, my Franciscan college education did make enough of an impression on me that I would like to check this out some time.
8. The National Cathedral – I’ve driven by, but never stopped to look inside.
9. Assateague & Chincoteague Islands – I was enthralled by the idea of the swimming ponies when I was a little kid, and still think it would be a pretty damn cool thing to see.
10. Philadelphia – I’ve been to the train station and a couple of concert venues to see Springsteen, but I haven’t been to the Liberty Bell or Constitution Hall. This seems like an omission I need to correct.