Just in time for your long holiday weekend planning, the new “5 favorites” list!

Each week, Cultural Tourism DC asks prominent Washingtonians to share places or events that are special and unique to Washington.

Late-afternoon sun at the National Arboretum turns the Capitol columns golden as visitors approach. (BILL O'LEARY/The Washington Post)

Go to our Washingtology page to see the rest of her top five favorite places — and read other Washingtonians’ lists.

What about you? Tell us your favorite places in the comments section below.