Dear readers,

I have traveled the world since I was born into it. My father’s dedicated service to the U.S. Military allowed my family and I to go places many people only dream of. All those places and memories have shaped me into the person that I am today. Like most people, I have a desire to travel the world — I just want to do it in a way where it doesn’t cost thousands of dollars, doesn’t interfere with work, or require lots of packing and unpacking.

I am from a suburban city in Northern Virginia AND I went to school at Virginia Commonwealth University — Go Rams! — in the state’s capital, Richmond, VA. While I lived there I experienced a city filled with culture, art, and modernism. When I came back to the NOVA-DC area, I was not thrilled with my life after college and just knew this area had nothing fun and exciting to offer. I realized that I knew very little about the culture of the city.

I searched, “free things to do in DC”, “things happening this weekend in DC” and my favorite, “date ideas in DC” so many times. It seemed like every time I was pointed to the same things…there was never one website with a list of things to do or places to go. I could search through thousands (exaggeration) of reviews on Yelp or look for things to do on Eventbrite but I just wanted one site to recommend things that were outside of the usual and actually worth going to. So, I thought I would make my own solution to my problem.

Six months into post-graduation I decided to put myself to the challenge and get out there and find the restaurants I have never heard of, the activities I have never done, and the art I have never seen.

No more aimless searches. Take this trip with me as I take DC by storm and search for all the Best Kept Secrets.


Lin Alishia

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