Service Area Spotlight: 6 Things to Do In Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C has been serviced by Shenandoah Shutters for decades. The charming neoclassical architecture of the D.C area is ideally suited to stylish plantation shutters. As the United States capital, Washington, D.C is an important city both locally and internationally. Washington is one of the most populated areas in the U.S and many residents are involved in government-related work. Even people who don’t live directly in Washington often commute to the city for its varied work opportunities. The headquarters of numerous organizations are located in D.C. 

However, Washington, D.C isn’t all work. The city’s cultural and artistic opportunities are endless, with stunning national museums and monuments available to the many visitors and residents of Washington, D.C Here’s a look at some of the experiences you’ll want to have when visiting this unique city:

See the Capitol and the White House

The capitol is rich with political history and even offers free guided tours to visitors. For a more intimate experience, book a staff-led tour through the office of your congressional representative. When touring the Capitol, you’ll see the famous Rotunda and statues meant to represent each U.S state. If you obtain an additional pass, you can also view the House and Senate galleries when congress is in session. 

When you think of Washington, D.C, you no doubt think of the White House. There are many places within D.C to get a good glimpse of the White House, including public parks. If you plan in advance, it is also possible to arrange a tour. 

Explore the Museums

There are so many museums in Washington, D.C, that you’ll need days to see them all. In fact, even if you just visited the Smithsonian’s facilities, it would take you more than a lifetime to see each exhibit. 

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History can be found on the National Mall and is one of the most popular museums for visitors. At this museum, you can see everything from the Hope Diamond to geology exhibits and live butterflies.

Art lovers will delight in the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery houses beautiful portraits of the United States presidents. Bookworms, meanwhile, will marvel at the Library of Congress, an institution which houses almost every book ever published. The Library of Congress is also known for its elaborate architectural design. 

Other cultural, educational, and historical experiences include the National Museum of African History and Culture, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Museum of American History, among many others. 

Walk Around the National Mall and Tidal Basin

The National Mall is a history-rich, beautiful area to simply walk around and enjoy. Many of Washington D.C’s famous museums, memorials, and monuments can be found on the National Mall. From the Washington Monument to the National Air and Space Museum, there is something for everyone on the National Mall. Kids will enjoy the carousel on the National Mall. 

Cherry blossom trees are also a favorite of the National Mall. The Tidal Basin is a great place to view these trees and take memorable photographs. Bike and paddle boat rentals are popular during the spring Cherry Blossom Festival. 

Visit a Memorial

While exploring the National Mall, you’ll come across meaningful memorials that allow time for reflection during a busy day. Memorials on the National Mall include The Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the National World War II Memorial. You can also see memorials dedicated to past presidents and historical leaders, including the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. At the Tidal Basin, a popular statue of Albert Einstein is often enjoyed by children who climb into the famous scientist’s lap for photographs.

See the United States Botanical Garden

The United States Botanical Gardens are as educational and informative as they are a refreshing treat for the senses. Found on the National Mall, the Botanical Gardens house a diverse variety of plants that provide an oasis from the hustle and bustle of D.C life. You can also learn about the medicinal value of plant life. 

Enjoy Fine Dining, Specialty Shops, and Entertainment

Washington, D.C has some of the finest culinary experiences in the world. You can also catch a show or event at The Kennedy Center. Shoppers will enjoy the many local specialty shops, like the bookstore Politics and Prose, which has access to almost any book title imaginable. 

With so many things to do and see, boredom isn’t a possibility in Washington, D.C.

Moving to Washington, D.C?

If you’re in the process of relocating to the DMV area, Shenandoah Shutters can provide you with sophisticated interior plantation shutters for your new home. Looking to update your existing window treatment? Plantation shutters are an ideal choice. They are steeped in history and provide many benefits for D.C homes, including added privacy, energy efficiency, beauty, and ambiance. Plantation shutters are one of the few upgrades you can make to your home that actually increase its resale value. 

Made In America

Shenandoah Shutters crafts custom, hardwood plantation shutters that are made from only high-quality American woods. Our woodshop is located just a few hours away from Washington, D.C in Richmond, Virginia, and is available for tours to see our products and process firsthand. When you invest in plantation shutters from Shenandoah Shutters, you can feel good about buying a local, American made product for your D.C home. We offer traditional plantation shutters, as well as innovative designs and installation solutions. View our gallery online or visit our FAQs for a greater glimpse into how our company can serve you and your home. 

Shenandoah Shutters provides free, in-home design estimates and consultations. Contact us today to schedule your appointment or to speak with one of our consultants for more information on our hardwood plantation shutters.