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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 07/21/2011

#myTop5: Get out town this weekend to Old Town Alexandria and Arlington

You've been living in D.C. for more than half the summer now, and if you're anything like me, the tourist phase is over. You've climbed the Washington Monument, you've been to the museums, and you’ve even seen a politician walking the aisles at Whole Foods. Not only are you done being a tourist, you've even come to hate those pesky visitors taking your precious seats on the Metro. My advice — get out of the District.

Here are #myTop5 things to do this weekend:

1) The Mount Vernon Trail: Washingtonians are die-hards when it comes to getting in some exercise, no matter the weather forecast. So, grab your bike or your running shoes and escape from hustle and bustle of D.C. Running along the Virginia bank of the Potomac River, start with a great view of the District's monuments and end with a stop in historic Alexandria. Warning: beware of low-flying planes as you pass Reagan National Airport and heat indices of 112 degrees.


A view of Old Town Alexandria's waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center on June 2. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
2) Old Town Alexandria: As long as you’re in town, you might as well explore! Alexandria offers a great escape from the political nature of the District. It’s a quieter town full of quaint shops and restaurants, including this cool one that The Post just did a profile on. Even if you skipped item number one on my list, you need to check out Alexandria’s waterfront. Take the Blue or Yellow line on the Metro to the Braddock Road stop. You won't regret it.

 3) Arlington National Cemetery: I know what you’re thinking, but no, checking out the Arlington National Cemetery is not just for tourists. The destination is home to many beautiful monuments, including the Tomb of the Unknowns and the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame. The park is free for visitors, which is always good on an intern budget.

4) The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City: Take the Metro (Blue line or Yellow line) to the Pentagon City stop and find yourself immediately in the center of the four-story shopping center's food court. The mall boasts more than 100 stores and restaurants. So as Robin Sparkles tells us, "Let's go to the mall!" (any "How I Met Your Mother" fans out there?).

5) Six Flags America: With temperatures well above 100
Shops and apartments at Pentagon Row in Pentagon City, Va. (Jeffrey Porter - For The Washington Post)
degrees this week, what could be better than a trip to the closest amusement park? Located in Prince George’s County, Six Flags America offers 52 rides (including Superman: Ride of Steel, The Joker's Jinx, and Tower of Doom), a water park, and concerts throughout the summer. Tickets are available for $36.99 online, so it’s a bit on the pricier side but so worth it. Just hop on a ride to enjoy the adrenaline (and the breeze).

Try not to melt and enjoy your weekend!

By Kevin DiCesare  |  04:42 PM ET, 07/21/2011

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