Ted Leonsis is the founder, majority owner, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the sports and entertainment group that owns the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics. He is a former executive with AOL, and currently resides in Potomac, Md. The Washington Business Journal named him Businessperson of the Year in 2001 and the Washingtonian Magazine named him both the Washingtonian of the Year and one of Washington’s Tech Titans.
Cultural Tourism DC asked some notable Washingtonians to share with us their favorite places or events that are special and unique to DC.
Here are Ted Leonsis' top five:
1. Dumbarton Oaks - It’s simply an inspiring location that has something for everyone, from lectures to entertaining music to a fascinating library. I also enjoy the picturesque gardens and the engaging museum galleries – so much to enjoy in one location. And it’s free to the public!
2. Library of Congress - The largest library in the world, rich with history and a must see. Every time I visit I discover something new. Everyone should read the Declaration of Independence, noting its numerous edits along the way to a finished document.
3. Dahlgren Chapel - One of seven chapels on the Georgetown University campus, and I find it to be the perfect spot for peace and reflection.
4. Verizon Center - I love the energy and passion area sports fans bring to Verizon Center as well as the variety of concerts and family shows that visit.
5. C & O Canal - It’s fascinating to visit the canal and envision it as a 180-plus-mile water highway for commerce in the 1800s. It’s truly one of the many historic treasures in our backyard.
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