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Reasons to Visit Washington D.C. That Have Nothing to Do With the Election

Destination & Tourism Janeen Christoff November 04, 2016

Reasons to Visit Washington D.C. That Have Nothing to Do With the Election

PHOTO: Washington Monument (Photo by Janeen Christoff) 

Everyone is stressed out about the upcoming presidential election, but regardless of who the next president is, over the last eight years, Washington, D.C., has transformed, says the Los Angeles Times, and there are many reasons, that have nothing to do with which candidate is holding office, for visitors to head to D.C. ASAP. 

“That next U.S. president, looking out at Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, will see a different city from the one that President Obama saw in January 2009. The nation’s capital is wealthier, safer, livelier, tastier, more populous and more ready for tourists than it has been in decades,” writes Christopher Reynolds. 

One of the biggest reasons to go is the new National Museum of African American History & Culture. 

“The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, designed by David Adjaye, now stands on the National Mall, a bronze beauty on a greensward long dominated by gray stone,” says Reynolds.

Another good reason to go is that the National Gallery of Art has completed the expansion of its East Building. 

“The renewed building opened Sept. 30 after a three-year closure. The 15-foot-tall rooster on the new roof terrace is a 2013 work by Katharina Fritsch. A few steps away, the sculptures of Alexander Calder  and canvases of Mark Rothko dominate the building’s tower galleries,” says Reynolds.

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A visit to the recently renewed Capitol Riverfront is another reason to travel to Washington, D.C. The once troubled neighborhood is now a modern hotspot. 

“Nowadays, fans drink beer at the Bullpen and play cornhole in a courtyard surrounded by shipping containers. A few blocks away, the mile-long Anacostia Riverwalk begins, passing stacked kayaks at the Ballpark Boathouse; a new marina;  and a reclaimed lumber shed that now houses five restaurants,” Reynolds says. 

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