My husband has a business trip to Washington DC and I'm tagging along. We were there about 6 years ago in the summer. This will be a winter trip. Leaving Sea-Tac 12/02 and returning on 12/09. Last trip we saw most of the highlights. Some we will, of course, visit again. Just the different season will make some things look different. And, of course, exhibits change so we will be doing the usual again. And the new Native American Museum and WWII Memorial weren't there during our last visit so they will be tops on our list.
So, I guess what I'm asking is this: after we do the usual stuff, are there any hidden treasures that we should seek out? I'm looking for little known historical treasures, quirky stuff, and maybe even some wonderful neighborhoods with unique architecture and interesting shops/restaurants that it would be fun to walk around.
I'm not looking to go far from DC. I know that there's a lot of neat things not too far away but we are doing this on a budget. (Yeah, I know, hard to do in DC.) I think a rental car or train tickets to other cities might
burst our budget. And I know there is plenty enough to do right in DC and the immediate surrounding areas.
We've had a very hectic summer/fall so we're looking at this trip as fun and recuperative. Plus, I'm recovering from a back injury that will somewhat limit my ability to be as active as I like to be when I travel. Normally, when I travel, I like to go-go-go but I think this trip needs to be a bit more laid back for both those reasons. Another reason why I'm not anxious to tack on going much away from the general DC metro area.
Any ideas/hints/tips would be appreciated.