We recently read and LOVED The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, so we jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour, and spread the love a little more!
Since The Fixer is set in Washington D.C., and I happen to live in the D.C. area, I was asked to talk about my favorite things to do in D.C. Make sure you enter the Giveaway at the end of the post!
Seeing all the sites:
- The way that I most love to see the city, is on bicycle. Either bringing my own bike, or using one of the Capital Bikeshare bikes. Those are awesome because they have stations at all the major attractions so you can check out a bike and return it to a different spot. And as long as you don't keep it out longer than 30 minutes, you don't have to pay more than the original $8/bike.
- This is going to sound beyond tacky, and incredibly touristy, but seriously one of the best ways to see D.C. is on one of the tour buses. They have all the major monuments, attractions, and museums on their route. The tour guide tells you fun facts about the city while you ride. You can hop off and on whenever you want. And you don't die from exhaustion and sore feet. If you've never been before, or you want a new perspective, I highly recommend a bus tour!
A replica of the Capitol Building at the Botanical Gardens
- The National Botanical Gardens - If you go, make sure you get a Jr. Botanist kit. Yeah, I don't care if you're 30, get one, it's so much fun!
The Capitol Columns at the Arboretum
- The Arboretum - An arboretum is a living museum where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. The National Arboretum also has the National Capitol Columns which are really awesome!
The Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
- The Monuments at night - You definitely want to see everything (on a bike is great) but there's nothing quite like seeing the famous D.C. sites at night. Everything is just lit up so gorgeously. High priorities should go to the WWII Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
- Ford's Theater & the house where Lincoln died - I swear I've been here so many times and it never gets old.
- The Spy Museum - This one costs money, and it's a lot of fun to go through the museum, but my favorite thing to do there is the "Spy in the City." They give your group a GPS game and you pretend to be spies who are tracking down the bad guys. They give you clues and information, sending you all over D.C. to thwart the threat to our country. Too fun!
outside the Holocaust Museum
- The Holocaust Museum - There are a lot of really awesome and thought-provoking things in this museum, but the best, in my opinion, is going through Daniel's Story. "The exhibition tells the story of one family’s experiences during the Holocaust from the perspective of a boy growing up in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945." It is an incredibly moving experience.
Bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island
- Theodore Roosevelt Island - One of the coolest places to go in D.C. is Theodore Roosevelt Island. You can hike around the island, climb on rocks, stick your feet in the river (if you're brave enough), and make your way to the memorial. It's a great way to get away from the concrete jungle.
The Promenade in Georgetown
C&O Canal, Georgetown
- Georgetown - I absolutely adore going to Georgetown. Whether it's to go shopping, eat some good food, or just walk along the promenade, it's such an adorable neighborhood with so much to see.
What to eat:
- Shake Shack - I don't go to D.C. and not eat Shake Shack. I just don't. Amazing burgers, CRINKLE FRIES, and awesome shakes. There's one in Dupont Circle, one next to the Spy Museum, and one in Union Station. You're welcome.
- Sprinkles Cupcakes - Everyone lines up for hours to eat at Georgetown Cupcakes (from the t.v. show DC Cupcakes), but right down the street is an even better cupcake shop. Sprinkles Cupcakes has Georgetown cupcakes beat hands down. Skip the line and go there instead. Get the red velvet or the lemon blueberry!
- Pie Sisters - If you're more of a pie person, but you like the idea of cupcakes, you MUST try Pie Sisters in Georgetown. They have a huge assortment of cupcake pies. And they are delicious!! Go get one and take it down to the river and eat it while you watch people kayak down the Potomac!
Other great spots:
- The National Cathedral - SO PRETTY!
- The Postal Museum - Way more fun than it sounds
- The Old Post Office - An old building with shops and a great view from the clocktower
- The Newseum - A little costly, but really fascinating
- Politics & Prose Bookstore - Yeah, I don't have to explain this to you
- The Tidal Basin - Gorgeous, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom
Well, I could go on, but I will stop before you forget why you cam here in the first place! Check out THE FIXER and enter the giveaway below!
P.S. If you go through your Senator's office, they'll arrange tons of awesome things for you with special perks (We passed up all the lines in the Capitol Building and got to lay the wreath on George Washington's tomb at Mt. Vernon.)
Have you been to D.C.? What's your favorite thing to do?
When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians’ scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister’s footsteps and becomes D.C.’s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written several acclaimed young adult novels, including the Raised by Wolves and the Naturals series. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her PhD from Yale University and is now a professor in psychology.
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