My D.C. Bucket List

Blogger Alicia Tenise shares her final D.C. bucket list

Guys: it’s the final countdown.

In a few short weeks, my time in D.C. will come to an end. Sure, I’ll only be a 2-hour train ride away, but I won’t be in the area on a daily basis to experience the city fully. When I come back, I’ll kind of be a tourist. And that’s pretty terrifying to think about!

I have a few things on my list I want to try before shipping out of the Nation’s Capital! Here’s what I had in mind…

Do a Shoot at the Lincoln Memorial.

Surprisingly I haven’t done this (mainly because I avoid National Mall tourists like the plague), but I’m going to do my best to schedule a sunrise shoot at the Lincoln Memorial. Now on the hunt for the most dramatic piece of clothing to make that shoot look epic…

Visit the African-American History Museum.

I know. I know. I’m the worst. I have not been able to get myself down to the new museum and it’s killing me! To all the non-locals out there: it is not easy to get tickets. At least I know people here and can maybe wiggle my way in on a weekday!

Food, Food, Food.

I mean, I’ve eaten at dozens upon dozens of amazing restaurants in the city. Thank goodness! I was lucky enough to check off my #1 bucket list item, Rose’s Luxury, off back in January (and it did not disappoint!) I do have a few more on my list that I haven’t tried yet, including Tail Up Goat and Red Hen. If there’s any other spots you think I should check out, let me know!

Take a day trip to Annapolis.

I’ve never really taken the time to explore Annapolis (even though Maryland is technically my home state!) I love the water, the Chesapeake Bay and all things Old Bay/crabs, so naturally I need to get on planning a day trip to this super cute city ASAP. It’s only about 45 minutes outside of D.C., so it really isn’t that bad of a trip!

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Take my last late-night monument tour.

Okay. So, I’ve already done this. But I’ve only done it once. The monuments are actually the best at night. Way less tourists, and way more beauty! Just walking up and seeing them lit up in their glory without the mass crowds during the day is just so spectacular, I can’t put it into words. You better believe I’ll be taking one last late-night stroll on the National Mall before I leave!

La Boum Brunch.

Oh man. I don’t know if I’m really going to be able to fit this in, but it’s been on my list forever. This is a party brunch, my friends. Like, don’t you dare plan on doing anything else that day type of brunch. I’ll try my absolute best to experience this and report back promptly!

Bike the Mount Vernon Trail.

I’ve walked a portion of this train (from Rosslyn to the Airport), but I really want to grab a Capital Bikeshare and experience the entire thing. It’s an 18-mile trail that starts in Arlington and ends in Alexandria, and you seriously get the best views of the Potomac and the monuments on this trail!

What else should I add to my D.C. Bucket List? 

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  1. Anna wrote:

    This sounds like a great list! I’ve tried to get tickets for the AA Museum and it’s impossible. Can you do a post on your favorite shoot locations in DC?

    Posted 5.2.17 Reply
    • I’m a little torn about sharing favorite specific shoot locations! Honestly my favorite spots I’ve found I’ve just been walking around a neighborhood totally lost and stumble upon a random mural/alleyway/etc and falling in love. I just recommend to everyone to just walk around a neighborhood to find a cool backdrop that’s unique for them, you know? I will say that I usually shoot in Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Mosaic District!

      Posted 5.2.17 Reply
  2. Get out there and slay that list and do it in style, as per usual!

    Posted 5.2.17 Reply
    • Hahaha, thank you! Gotta slay it in good clothes!

      Posted 5.2.17 Reply
  3. Trisha wrote:

    Go to my favorite brunch spot in DC… Masa 14!! Be sure to get bottomless lol

    Posted 5.2.17 Reply
  4. These are so much fun! We live 30 minutes away from DC and I haven’t done most of these. Lol!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    Posted 5.2.17 Reply
  5. Emily wrote:

    Check those babies off! And don’t forget to share with us when you do!

    Posted 5.2.17 Reply
  6. Melissa Chee wrote:

    A great list – I was lucky enough to spend a semester in DC during college.

    Posted 5.2.17 Reply
  7. So many things to do in DC. Kind of sad Cathy moved away because she was a great tour guide!

    xo Jessica

    My Style Vita

    Posted 5.3.17 Reply
  8. Julie Torres wrote:

    Brunch and biking, great suggestions, DC is such an amazing city with so much to do. Interesting pickled deviled eggs!

    Posted 5.3.17 Reply
  9. gotta hit up District Donuts one more time before leaving! That’s what I have on my DC bucket list. Also, I somehow have not made it to the Jefferson memorial the whole time I’ve lived here, so I might be doing a late night tour one of these days too! Thanks for the ideas – I’m headed out of the city in a few weeks too!

    Posted 5.3.17 Reply
  10. Liz Eidelman wrote:

    love your feed! traveling to DC for the first time (from brooklyn!) june 30th to july 3rd. would love to know…. where was that pink wall you took a photo in front of at the top of this post? i’d love to include that in one of my shoots while i’m there. you can find my blog: or find me on instagram @indigoheightsblog!

    Posted 6.15.17 Reply
    • So the pink wall actually isn’t in D.C….so sorry girl! But have a blast in D.C.! xx

      Posted 6.15.17 Reply