At an exhibit in Northern Virginia of the collection of quilts featuring the National Parks (visit, personnel and volunteers from the National Park Service set up an information table for visitors. They talked about the parks, handed out information, and answered many questions from people visiting the exhibit.

As the exhibit wrapped up, NPS personnel working in the National Capital Region expressed a wish for a project that focused on the D.C. area. Since many artists who participate in these "Inspired by" projects live in or near Washington, D.C., it made sense to focus an entire project on points of interest in the National Capital Region.