Washington D.C. Visitor’s Bucket List

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Thursday, August 8, 2019


My first trip to Washington, D.C. was in February of 2019 when I attended CPAC for the first time with Lone Conservative. The moment we crossed the bridge over the Potomac river, I knew I had found my favorite city. And I also knew I would be coming back. 

I am now spending my summer here completing an internship, and I am having the time of my life! “The Swamp” does have its problems (corrupt politicians, rats in the Metro, a homelessness crisis, etc.), but there are a few gems of the city that you won’t find anywhere else. Without further adieu, here is your visitor’s guide to D.C.!

  1. Visit the Lincoln Memorial at Sunset (or Sunrise!)

We, young adults, have all seen that scene from “My Date with the President’s Daughter” where, after their wild night running away from Secret Service, Duncan and Hallie are sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the sun coming up in front of them. Now, you too can experience this lovely scene, because sunset or sunrise, the view is spectacular. 

  1. Have Drinks at the Trump Hotel

The Trump Hotel really is a great time, so dress your best and order an overpriced drink (or soda if you’re not 21). You never know who you might run into: could be Trump, could be your favorite Senator! Either way, you’ll have a lot of fun and feel really fancy! 

  1. Go to a Political Conference

Every year, Young America’s Foundation puts on the “National Conservative Student Conference” for college aged students in Washington, D.C.! It is a wonderful time and hosts some of the most impassioned conservative speakers of our time. If you’ve never been to a political conference, this would be an amazing first for you!

  1. Take a Tour of the White House

Touring the White House is an essential part of the D.C. experience, but make sure you book your tour through your Congressman at least three weeks in advance. White House tours are incredibly hard to get, especially during the summer, but you won’t regret waiting! Seeing the White House in all its glory is something you will remember long after you leave college. 

  1. Visit Your Senator & Representatives

Political disagreements aside, meeting your representatives is a great honor! Setting up a meeting is actually not as hard as you think either. Usually, you can book an appointment on your rep’s website. If you have enough time, book an appointment. 

  1. Visit the War Memorials

Beautiful monuments were created to honor the fallen soldiers of World War ll, The Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It would be a shame if you didn’t experience these powerful displays in our nation’s capitol while you are here. 

  1. Visit the Jefferson Memorial

Hamilton might get all the hype, but Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence is just as cool! 

  1. Visit the Smithsonian Museums

My favorite of the Smithsonians is the Holocaust Museum, but there is also the Museum of Natural History, the American History Museum, and so many more. One of them will surely peak your interest! 

  1. Go to the Spy Museum

The Spy Museum is relatively new, but it does not disappoint! Learn about the history of spies from all over the world and have fun while doing it. 

  1. Paddle Board on the Potomac

For a romantic evening, you can paddle on the river and look at all of the monuments along the National Mall. The view will not disappoint, and you can take your girl or boyfriend for a picnic along the Potomac afterward! 

Ellie Hicks is a junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Public Relations. Ellie is a summer fellow for the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women. When she isn’t writing about politics, she loves hanging out with her cats and singing Taylor Swift songs! Ellie’s greatest passion is to advocate for the unborn through writing, activism, and service. She hopes to one day work in Washington, D.C. and make a change for the lives of the unborn!

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Kennesaw State University

Ellie Hicks is a junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Public Relations. Ellie is a summer fellow for the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women. When she isn’t writing about politics, she loves hanging out with her cats and singing Taylor Swift songs! Ellie’s greatest passion is to advocate for the unborn through writing, activism, and service. She hopes to one day work in Washington, D.C. and make a change for the lives of the unborn!

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