Whether you're looking for an adventure with friends or a serene walk through monumental scenery, in the nation's capital you can take part in countless and affordable cultural and recreational activities and delve into U.S. history and culture.

D.C. has one of the world's most extensive collection of artifacts from history, science, art, and space in museums like the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

Music, food, and film festivals in the fall range from interactive to artistic, including the Maryland Renaissance Festival, Octoberfests, Adams Morgan Day, H Street Festivals, Latino Festival (Fiesta DC), Greek Festival, and the Maryland Seafood Festival.

Home to many college students and interns, D.C. offers endless places to socialize — from casual bars to large nightclubs with dancing, music, and live entertainment. There are plenty of places to shop, such as along the National Mall or in Georgetown, and numerous theatres that host inventive plays and performances, like the Kennedy Center or the Wolftrap Farm Park.  

You might even do some of these things with Grinnell's many alumni in the area, who you will begin to meet soon after arrival. 

And if you somehow get through all that D.C. has to offer, it's easy to travel to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and other points along the East Coast.