While we love to people-watching from time to time, we prefer not to do it while trying to sightsee. We already found seven underrated sights around the District that tourists don't go to, and since we've seen those, we're ready for seven more. Are you? If so, get a load of these... before that tour bus filled with middle schoolers from Iowa does.
Theodore Roosevelt Island
While we love coming to this island in the summer, it's even better in the winter... especially a mild winter. That's because there are generally even less people here, and the people that are like to be here are probably your neighbors. Don't miss the statue, obvs, but also take in that YOU'RE ON AN ISLAND. In the Potomac. Who knew? Get info about hours and directions here.
Sure, this may be situated on one of the biggest tourist attractions of all time (Arlington National Cemetery), but while all the people in matching t-shirts are following their guide to watch the changing of the guards, Civil War buffs should check out this former home of Robert E. Lee. This is the exact spot where he resigned from the U.S. Army to lead the Confederate. What an excellent spot to contemplate some of your more regretful decisions, right? Get info about hours and directions here.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Sure, it might seem creepy to roam around a cemetery, but a stroll around this Georgetown locale is filled with peace. Amid the long-gone Congressmen and other public figures (including the philanthropist W.W. Corcoran, who founded the cemetery and would eventually be buried there in 1849), are two structures not to be missed. First, make sure to see the black granite chapel designed by James Renwick, Jr., the same architect who built the Smithsonian castle building. And, second, don't miss the Van Ness Mausoleum, which was a miniature version of the Temple of Vesta in Rome. The grounds are closed on Saturday, but open every other day. Get more info on hours here.
Scottish Rite Temple
Ever wanted to be in a Dan Brown novel? (Don't act like you're too cool for these page-turners.) Now's your chance. Built by John Russell Pope, who modeled it after the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this 16th Street Freemason headquarters offers tours to the non-Illuminati for just $8. Get more info on hours and tours here.
National Capitol Columns
What happens when you have several gigantic Corinthian columns leftover from the construction of the Capitol? Well, no doy, you gather 'em up and plant them in the National Arboretum. (For real. Overstock.com didn't exist in the 1800s...) But their mistake is our gain because, truly, this might be the best photo op in DC. Get more info on hours here.
Old Stone House
Sure, the Old Stone House is fine, although it mostly now just houses a bookstore, but the real gem here is the gardens behind the house. Literally, five steps behind the house, which is right on the busiest stretch of M Street in Georgetown, is an oasis of greenery and, more importantly, peace. If you work mobile, this is a great place to take a conference call. Hours and more information here.
Old Post Office Tower
Don't be fooled by the food court on the bottom floor. The best part about this historic building is on the top floor. This tower offers one of the best view of the city, especially now that the Washington Memorial is temporarily shuttered. Although keep in mind, with one that flagship monument closed up top, things are starting to get a little more crowded here. Get more info here.
Want to know how to get to all these flying-under-the-radar spots (including the finds from our last article about DC's underrated attractions)? We've crafted a handy Google map for you:
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