The Weirdest Things You Can Do in Washington, DC, the District of Columbia

When it comes to Washington, DC, most of us will often think about the White House, the sprawling and impressive Smithsonian Museums, or the US Capitol building and the variety of monuments. As you know, this city is known for its rich history and beautiful tourist attractions. Being the capital of the United States, it’s a hot spot for visitors coming from places all over the world. However, like anywhere else in the world, it also has some unusual sites. To give you a better view, here are some of the weirdest things you can do while visiting Washington, DC.

1. Get Spooked at Lafayette Square


Washington, DC has its fair share of ghost stories, thanks to the betrayals, assassinations, and conspiracies that have occurred within this city. In fact, if you love the paranormal, you can join various ghost tours when you visit DC. One, in particular, is the “Ghost of Lafayette Park Tour.”

As you know, Lafayette Park has a ghoulish reputation. If you join this tour, you will be led by a guide dressed in a Victorian outfit. As you explore the area, you will pass through some of this city’s popular destinations and hear some twisted tales about these sites.

2. View the Catacombs of DC

One of the weirdest things you can do in Washington, DC, is to visit the mini catacombs in the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Although these mini catacombs are not as grand as the ones in Europe, visiting this place will still be an incredibly unique experience. Created in the turn of the 20th century by Franciscan monks, there’s only one real dead body in this trail of catacombs. In fact, most of what’s down there, despite being Papal endorsed, is fake, more or less an amusement park so those who can’t go see the real holy land can get a feel for it. They were created based on the measurements from the real inspiration in Italy, yet this is just a newer, smaller version. Yet, somehow, this place has an eerie atmosphere that will certainly give you some chills.

3. Tour the International Spy Museum


If you’re interested in spies and secret agents, the International Spy Museum is a great place you can visit. This museum contains the largest collection of espionage artifacts in the world. Aside from that, you will also learn about the lives of different spies. One, in particular, is James Lafayette, a spy during the American Revolution.

4. Visit the Barbie Pond

Aside from those activities, you can also visit the Barbie Pond. The Barbie Pond is one of the greatest and most humorous attractions in DC which proudly boasts that it’s been “lowering Logan Circle property values since 2014.” As its name implies, you will see different kinds of Barbie Dolls all posed in cute, humorous, and even ridiculous positions over a small yard pond. For instance, you will see the dolls displayed in different kinds of situations, including dance parties, political events, and even in awkward situations. You will surely enjoy this barbie universe even if you’re not a fan of this famous icon. It just involves a sense of humor.

Overall, these are some of the weirdest things you can do in Washington, DC. Remember, the most memorable travel experiences are the strange and unusual ones. So, if you want to make the most out of your trip to DC, we strongly encourage you to try at least one of these weird activities.

Maria Dolores Garcia

Maria is a contributor who is passionate about health, fitness, and beauty. During her free time, she tries to discover the beauty hidden in the chaos of today's fast-paced way of life. With a background in health and medicine, she hopes to inspire you to start living a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle through her writing.

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