Senior Living in Washington DC
The old-fashioned concept of retirement has been replaced with an emphasis on active lifestyles. Today, senior living includes second careers, non-profit startups, graduate school, and a variety of other accomplishments and activities. Whether you are already retired or just starting to think about your post-retirement lifestyle, you probably want to ensure that you have access to all of the amenities and opportunities you need to make your goals a reality. Senior living in Washington DC offers everything you’re searching for and more.
Popular Senior Attractions in Washington DC
The metropolitan Washington DC corridor is so much more than just the National Mall and DC monuments. With proximity to everything from the Potomac River, Northern Virginia historical sites, and fabulous Maryland enclaves, there’s a lot to love in DC. Just a bit further out you’ll find the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, the Maryland shore, and the Virginia wine country. Whatever your idea of the perfect landscape or lifestyle, you’re sure to find it nearby.
Of course, DC’s monuments are iconic, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the World War II and Vietnam Memorials. But just outside of DC you’ll find the sprawling acreage of Mt. Vernon, the Fort McHenry complex, and many other historically significant sites. A quick drive will bring you to the Philadelphia historic district, Virginia battlefields, and the Baltimore Inner Harbor. If you’re a history buff, you’ll never run out of incredible sights to see.
The Smithsonian complex of museums gives you access to an amazing array of world-class collections at no charge. From the National Gallery of Art to the US Botanical Gardens, from the National Museum of the American Indian to the Freer-Sackler Gallery, and from the National Museum of African-American Culture to the Air and Space Museum, you’ll be surrounded by incredible cultural and artistic opportunities.
Go and view the collections, attend a film festival with expert commentators, or participate in educational programs designed to expand your knowledge and appreciation for these extraordinary institutions.
If you’re a sports fan, you’ll have your choice of professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and soccer franchises to root for and adopt as your hometown team. Love to get out there and participate? DC is a town built for runners, bikers, kayakers, and more, so you’re always able to be part of the action.
DC has one of the most vibrant and exciting food scenes in the country, with influences ranging from international cuisine to Maryland crab culture and more. There are old-school favorites like Old Ebbitt Grill and Mark’s Duck House alongside the newest gourmet pop-ups and bistros. Attend a cooking class at L’Auberge Chez Francois or wile away the hours dining al fresco along the Potomac waterfront. There’s always something new to try here.
From shopping along the high street in Georgetown to a visit to the Tyson’s Corner mega-malls, you can find anything you’re looking for in and around DC. From ultra-luxe upscale stores in Potomac to quaint antique shops in Alexandria, there’s no shortage of options.
Colleges and Universities
Interested in going back to school for a second degree or to learn something entirely new? DC has one of the most robust systems of higher education in the country. Take classes at Georgetown, American University, or check out the new Virginia Tech campus coming soon to Alexandria. And the best part? You’ll also find guest lectures, plays, concerts, film festivals and more to keep you engaged and informed outside of the classroom.
Washington DC Transportation for Seniors
DC’s location in the mid-Atlantic means you’re never more than a couple of hours away by plane from anywhere on the east coast, whether it’s Florida beaches or the excitement of NYC. With two DC airports -- National and Dulles -- and a third in Baltimore, you’re sure to find a flight to your preferred destination on your preferred schedule.
Hop a train in the early morning and be in Manhattan before noon. Jump on 95 for quick access to major cities along the east coast. In-town, you’ll find a robust Metro system with both train and bus service to simplify your commute or sightseeing.
Like most major metropolitan areas, Washington DC has its share of traffic, but you’ll soon learn the right patterns and times of day to optimize your drive. Avoiding rush hour and learning a couple of alternate routes is all it will take to ensure you can get where you want to go in a timely manner.
Senior living in Washington DC gives you the opportunity to live an extraordinary, active lifestyle filled with the best arts and culture, luxury amenities, and educational opportunities. Whatever aspect of DC living appeals to you, you’re sure to find a Del Webb community nearby. It’s the perfect home base from which to explore the nation’s capital and all that it has to offer.
Contributed to The 55+ Society by Christy Murdock Edgar
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