May 14, 2018

Being a Tourist in D.C.

By McKenna Guettinger

One of the best things about being in D.C. is that many of the tourist attractions are free. During my time here, I have been taking full advantage of the typical tourist attractions along the National Mall, but I was excited to get out and explore what D.C. has to offer outside of the typical touristy things. My mom was in town for Mother’s Day, so naturally she got to choose where we would be going. We both love plants and nature, so she chose to go to the National Arboretum. Both of us were surprised at how large it felt, and how easy it was to forget that you were still in the city! The arboretum has everything from the all the state trees, to perennial gardens, to an extensive bonsai collection. It was also perfect timing to visit this weekend, as all the azaleas were in bloom! There was also plenty to learn about sustainable gardening practices, invasive species, and home kitchen gardens! Places like the arboretum or the Smithsonian museums are great places to go not only to have fun, but to learn a lot! After a fun, relaxing, and educational weekend, it’s time to get back to work!