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5 Things to Do in Washington, DC When You’re Retired

by Louise W. Rice
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When you’re retired, you finally have the time and freedom to do whatever you want, and for many, that means getting to explore Washington, DC.  As the capital of our nation, there’s a lot of history packed into every brick and each piece of art, so it’s important to get to know everything you can about it.

Enjoy the National Gallery of Art

Whether you’re a huge fan of art or want to take in some of the most beautiful things the city has to offer, it’s time to visit the National Gallery of Art.  This museum, and its attached sculpture garden, are located on the national mall and offer insight into the art our country has inspired and created.  Every piece in this mall is gorgeous and unique, and you get the chance to learn about the artists as you go.  Renting Washington, DC apartments is a huge perk since you can come back and look at the exhibits any time.

Visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Open daily, the Air and Space Museum was started in 1946 and didn’t open its main building until 1976.  This museum allows visitors to walk throughout our nation’s journey into space and learn about the people that made it possible.  This is an awesome exhibit for retirees who can remember most of the recent events and think about the cultural impacts.  Although almost all retirees can remember where they were when man first walked on the moon, seeing it laid out in this museum can be breathtaking.

Trek the National Mall At Least Once

Everyone should walk, or ride through, the National Mall at least once. Of course, it doesn’t have to be all at one time, but getting to circle this long grassy area allows you to view monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.  At the very eastern end is the US Capitol, and the White House sits at the north.

Take In the Arlington National Cemetery

Visiting a cemetery may feel a little macabre, but it’s an awesome way to take in the sheer numbers that have sacrificed their lives for this country.  This massive cemetery is an incredible way to walk through history and learn about the many we’ve lost.  Although it was only listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 2014, this has been an active cemetery for almost a hundred and fifty years.  A must-visit for anyone curious.

Visit the International Spy Museum

We could all use a little fun, and interesting espionage in our daily lives: and nowhere is that clearer than in the International Spy Museum!  This private non-profit museum documents and displays the trade, history, and role of espionage.  Currently holding the title of being the largest collection of international spy artifacts globally, it’s interactive and gives everyone the chance to learn in a more hands-on way.  This can be a very fun stop and something all retirees should visit at least once!

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