Ten on Tuesday – Places I’ve Been Meaning to Visit

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.

6 thoughts on “Ten on Tuesday – Places I’ve Been Meaning to Visit

  1. common loon February 24, 2010 / 9:23 am

    OK Sarah, this may be a chance for you. We’ve got a long list of places to take the kids…and a few appear on your list (1, 3, 4, 9, 10, maybe 8). The East coast list is actually MUCH longer! Thus, our drive East in June (plane rides use up all of our money and keep the trip crazy short so we prioritize our family time over all else). We won’t hit all of the ones we’d like, especially as the youngest is still too young to get most of it, but we would like to make a dent in our list and please know that we would love your company if you so choose!!! Itinerary and the like is still being worked out. Even if you don’t stick with us, we’d love your company for the rides (8-passenger mini-van, you won’t have to sit directly next to a child).

  2. Sionna February 24, 2010 / 9:24 am

    I’ve been to the Archives. That place is a must-see. It is impressive.

    I want to go to Mount Vernon too.

    Supreme Court is….meh. Drop it to the bottom of your list.

  3. Hillary February 24, 2010 / 9:42 am

    Mount Vernon is cool. I went to see it a few years ago on President’s day because it’s free on that day. Most of the rest of your list are places I’d like to see. I almost put #9 on my list.

  4. Eileen February 24, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    Have you been to Monticello or Montepillior (I know I spelled that wrong)? I think Ive been to both but never to Mount Vernon either. Good list. I’ve missed most/all of tha same 😦 sigh.

  5. Joanne February 24, 2010 / 8:08 pm

    Get out of here? YOU’VE never been to Mount Vernon?? Its like the ultimate historic preservation success story. You crazy, lady!

    Tell me when you want to go, I love taking the kids there.

  6. Priya February 25, 2010 / 3:37 pm


    1. Mount Vernon, I’ve been but not to the new visitors center which I’ve heard is crazy (George Washington, Super Hero) or something like that. My parents liked it.
    2. The National Archives . The documents are cool to look at. Tiny Tiny writing.
    3. The new(ish) Smithsonian Museum of American History. The Star Spangled Banner display is much better than before (what’s fun is listening to the people around you talk about it as they walk past), the First Ladies exhibition is nice and redone to reflect modern first ladies, and the Greensboro Counter is always nice to see.
    6. The Newseum–yeah havn’t been here either, but for the price of admission (something like 17 dollars) I need to have the whole day to go through the monstrosity.
    10. Philadelphia – Philly is cool, I’ve heard the National Constitution Center is bizarre but interesting. If and when you go we should chat I have a list of good places to eat.

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