Part of the "Awesome People You Should Know in DC" series
Find travel inspiration and discover new wonders for your adventures in DC as some of the city's movers, shakers, explorers and creatives share ow they're staying busy during the quarantine and what they're looking forward to once the restrictions lift.
Longtime DC resident Andrea Seiger is the guidebook author of "111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss." She has been in the tourism and meetings industry for over 33 years and is a non-stop explorer who loves to shop in markets and for handmade local goods.
We managed to catch up with this always-inquisitive urban explorer to ask about her favorite places in the city and suggestions for locals and tourists alike to discover the "real" DC.
The following content has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity and length.
What local spot in DC brings you joy and why?
My current favorite spot is Oak Hill Cemetery which is a fascinating lesson in the history of DC and those who built it. I find names on gravestones and look them up. The Renwick Gallery and Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery are my favorite museums because I always find color and captivating images and objects in the exhibits, gift shops and programs. Artomat, the tiny art vending machine is my addiction at SAAM.
What recommendations do you have for people to explore and discover DC while staying at home?
Go for a walk without your headphones, ignore your phone and just look around as you go. You will see flowers, fairy gardens, plastic dinosaur collections, Little Free Libraries, interesting architecture, pretty doors, well coiffed yards, local shops, storied mansions, and who knows what else, when you pay attention. If you see an open gate to a park or an estate, or an alley, walk through it.
What's something new you've found out about DC while staying at home that you didn't know before?
Tregaron Estate, the really pretty grounds around Howard Law School, and trails through Rock Creek Park that I have never taken before.
What's the first thing you're looking forward to doing in DC after the COVID restrictions are lifted?
Getting away from NW, and going for a walk in far NE. Then, going to my neighborhood barber for a haircut. Then getting a piece of tiny art from one of the 5 Artomat vending machines in DC.
Share your tips for ways locals and tourists can discover the "real DC" once things return to "normal."
Keep up with Andrea Seiger's urban adventures and take the 111 Things Challenge @urbansafaridc111.
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