So you are planning a trip to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and don’t know where to start? D.C. has so much to offer to everyone, whether you are here to learn more about the history of the country or visit the monuments or eat your way around. The entire city is easily accessible via foot or public transportation, D.C. has a reliable metro system that runs 7 days a week.
1. To start off your vacation, head to one of the free Smithsonian Museum There are 19 world-class museums open all year round and they welcome millions of visitors each year with Natural History Museum and Air & Space Museum as the most visited.
2. One of the most popular things to do in D.C. is visiting the several national monuments. Some of the most visited ones are the Lincoln Memorial which is a tribute to Abraham Lincoln with a stunning 19 feet- marble statue, murals and a reflecting pool, the National Monument which is an obelisk built to commemorate the first President of the United States, George Washington, take a tour of the home of the Congress, the Capitol Building, visit the Thomas Jefferson Memorial dedicated to one of the American Founding Fathers, or explore the outdoor memorial honoring the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, World War II Memorial, can be visited during the day or night.
3. A hidden gem and my personal favorite to visit often is the Washington National Cathedral, which is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Cathedral has some stunning pieces of work done which includes a rose window which contains more than 10,000 pieces of glass, carvings of saints, etc.
4. If you want to experience Washington, D.C. like a local, then head to one of the happening neighborhoods such as Georgetown or Dupont Circle. This is where you find some excellent restaurants, cafes, and bars, this is where the locals hang! Whether you spend your day strolling the neighborhood or shopping at a local boutique, Georgetown and Dupont Circle is where you want to be. While you are there, don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth craving from the famous Georgetown Cupcake. The lines are typically pretty long at most times of the day, however, they move rather quickly. Lots of different flavored cupcakes are baked fresh daily at the location and are a must try for anyone visiting D.C.
5. For all the foodies out there, Union Market D.C. is a must! Union Market is a gourmet food hall located in Northeast D.C., open 6 days a week
(closed on Mondays), which offers several unique food vendors and shops. During summers you can also enjoy some free music concerts while you eat your way through the market.
D.C. is the perfect blend for many cultures, the city has an amazing vibe regardless of the politics. Whether you are here for a few hours or a few days, enjoy your visit to the fullest. If you are city hopping, some other cities to explore around are Richmond, VA, and Annapolis, MD which make for great day trips and if you are looking for a weekend getaway from D.C., New York City is only a 4 hours bus ride away!
Are you planning a visit to D.C? What is your expectation from the city? Would love to hear in the comments below.
Guest Post By @Maniderk
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