Living in DC, I am constantly asked “what is your favorite location in the city?” The answer is the always the same: Lafayette Square. This happens to be the park in front of the White House, but the reason to visit has nothing to do with politics.
I recommend every tourist spend at least 15 minutes sitting in the square to see the diversity that DC has to offer. From tour groups to peaceful protestors or locals wanting to spend a few minutes in the sun. You can see politicians running to grab lunch, meditation groups in the grass, artists sketching and people trying to get the best shot of the White House. When I need inspiration, this is where I go.
Kick off your shoes and relax under a tree. Look around and see those playing chess at concrete tables and admire the birds in the fountain. During springtime, you will be met with gorgeous tulips, on Thursdays in the summer you can grab food from our local farmers market (11:00 – 14:00) and Saturday morning you can catch a roller hockey game.
Lafayette Square may be one of the busiest locations in the District, but it’s also one of the most peaceful. The park is one of those locations that offers variety and always shows me how lucky I am to live in the city.