Off the Beaten Path in Washington D.C.

Travel Nurses Washington DC

Did you recently start a travel nursing assignment in Washington D.C.? Hopefully you're enjoying yourself! There's nothing quite like being in the nation's capital where history is made. You may not get to be in the room where it happens (according to a popular musical you may or may not have heard of), but you do get to experience the spring cherry blossoms and the Roman-inspired architecture.

While all of the usual D.C. attractions may be fun to try during your days off, why not go for something a little different rather than battling the crowds? Touring the White House is cool once, but after that it sort of loses its luster (unless you happen to bump into the First Family, which is unlikely). Here are some activities you may want to try for a more laid-back, local-inspired day.

D.C. Ghost Tours - Who doesn't like a good walking tour of famously haunted landmarks dictated by a guide in Victorian-era garb? There are tons of Ghost Tours throughout D.C. that visit well-known historical spots and discuss various hauntings and specters. There's even a haunted pub tour! This is a fun activity with a spot of history that you can do with friends or coworkers.

Blind Whino Arts Club - Located at 700 Delaware Ave SW, this non-profit Arts Club is itself a work of art -- a towering old church that has been painted as a testament to the rich art culture of D.C. Blind Whino holds events, live music performances, community arts programs, art exhibits, and more to showcase the talent of the area, and people are welcome to come learn and create within its walls. A must-see if you love art!

The Yards Park - Spend some time outdoors in amiable weather at the Yards Park, a unique outdoor space arranged into various "rooms." There are great river views, a canal and waterfall, Friday night concerts, free fitness classes, and lots of green space for a picnic or to just sit and relax.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens - These gardens are an area institution, dating all the way back to 1920. The property was elaborately landscaped and constructed, creating architecture and gardens that remain stunning to this day. While part of the grounds have become a public park, the upper end belongs to Harvard University and houses the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, where people from all over come to research Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.

Paddle Boating at the Tidal Basin - The Tidal Basin is the well-known reservoir in West Potomac Park that overlooks the Jefferson Memorial and tons of beautiful Japanese Cherry Trees. Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held there. Why not rent a paddle boat and spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying the view from the water?

These are just a few of the local's favorite things to do in Washington D.C. – anyone who has been on assignment in Washington D.C. have any other recommendations?