SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT TO DO WITH MY MOTHER IN AND AROUND DC.

She doesn't like museums. She's scared of meeting my friends because she thinks she won't understand their accents (she's not a native speaker of English). She likes restaurants but only at lunchtime and it can't be anywhere too good because she judges me If I eat "too much". We won't have a car but day trips w trains etc work. Help!
  1. She doesn't like museums but DC has some chill historical houses, don't know if those are too museum-y?
    Also Amsterdam falafel is always my number one food recommendation because it's amazing and cheap
    Suggested by   @victoriaedel
  2. The monuments!!!
    If weather is good and her/ your mobility is good then definitely spend time visiting monuments. They are accessible to Metro, they are historical and interesting without being museums, they are touristy which = great people watching, and they are just fun. I highly recommend the FDR one on the tidal basin.
    Suggested by   @edge
  3. DUKEM!
    If you go to DC, you've got to have Ethiopian food and Dukem is the spot! It's maybe a block or two off of a Metro stop (right near Ben's Chili Bowl.) http://dukemrestaurant.com
    Suggested by   @culture_czar
  4. The National Cathedral
    Requires a bus or Uber, no metro line nearby. Beautiful place that is huge. The seventh floor (which is open to the public but that isn't super clear) offers fantastic views of the city. If you're up for a bit of stair climbing and heights, the behind-the-scenes tour is worth it. They have tours of just the ground level too. Bonus: one of their windows has real moon rocks in it. The grounds are beautiful and there's a nice cafe. Check the calendar, there are many concerts that are often free.
    Suggested by   @wmf
  5. The rooftop bar of the W for the view of the White House & Washington monument. Eastern Market stroll. Hains Point stroll. Morrison Clark house for drinks on the front porch. Union Station is pretty without being too museum-y. Is she into kayaking? You could do Roosevelt island. Also Georgetown/canal jaunt.
    Suggested by   @ameliaville
  6. Go see the baby panda at the national zoo!!
    Suggested by   @MandyKN