There’s something about the steps to the National Portrait Gallery that attracts people to take a seat. Is it a great meeting spot between the metro and a Chinatown/Gallery Place attraction? Or is it a shaded place in the afternoons and evenings for you to relax and people-watch?
As the weather cools (and the DC humidity simmers down), what other places in DC might you congregate where there’s really nothing to see? Here are a few of the best random places in the city to hang out.
WeLoveDC author Carl often notices people hanging out at the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite building on 16th and S NW. Saddled between a sphinx and a book-reading, shade-seeking neighbor, I can imagine this would be a great place to enjoy a Sunday evening.
And while we could write a whole article on “Great Steps to Hang Out On,” WeLoveDC author Donna reminds us of one in particular: the steps behind the Lincoln Memorial. Overlooking the Potomac River, it’s an incredible spot for watching sunsets.
But really – I can’t miss one of the best places to hang out in this city: Dupont Circle. While it can be a little daunting at times - fighting for a spot from the circle’s regular homeless - the people-watching is unmatched. More tourists and locals alike march through this circle everyday than in the first three aforementioned hangout spots combined. Pair that with a bubbling fountain and the occasional outdoor yoga class, and you’ve got hours of free entertainment.
But this is just the beginning of great places to congregate in the city. What did I miss? Share your favorite shaded, people-watching spot in the area by replying in the comments below.