Hometown Highlights: Washington, D.C.

Contrary to what House of Cards might make you think, us DC natives do not spend our lives as victims of or agents in political scandal. Many of us, in fact, like to spend as little time thinking about the government – and whether it’s open or shutdown on any given day – as possible. We prefer sampling Thai tasting menus, enjoying free visits to the zoo and listening to hardcore punk.  Though a visit to the monuments scattered on and around the National Mall is a must, these are some of my recommendations for what to do after you’ve posed with Lincoln and waved at the Oval.