The capital of the United States, Washington, D.C has always been a topic of discussion around the world. Great things are said about this amazing city and others, not so great. every person that visits The United States, should come to the capital at least once to learn about its rich history. Washington is known for having some of the best museums in the world. The capital has something for everyone to enjoy and make their visit amazing.
What to do.
National Mall- While D.C has some great places to go shopping, this is not the type of mall that I am referring too. Chances are the reason for your visit is to see some of the things found here. This is where you will see some of the monuments and memorials recognize worldwide. You will also find many of the best Museums in the world like the Smithsonian and the latest to join the team, National Museum of African American History and Culture. You can even go see the Original Document of The Declaration of Independence in the National Archive museum.
Here are some pictures that I took from our time exploring the National Mall. You can spend all of your days in D.C here, and still not be able to visit everything.
U.S Capitol, Library of Congress and Supreme Court- At the end of the National Monument, you will find the U.S capitol. Being inside this amazing building brought many emotions to me. I was inside the home of the Untied States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the federal government. The beautiful architecture and the history will surely make this one of your most memorable places to visit in the capital. Before visiting make sure to schedule your tour with your states senate.
After the tour, take the underground tunnel that connects to the Library of Congress. Don’t worry, I am not asking you to read a book. The Library of congress is one of the most beautiful buildings I have been in. Inside there are sections and each section has some neat and interesting artifacts. Do not just take my word for it. I will share some pictures that will guarantee you will want to see for yourself.
Once done with the Library of Congress, walk to the Supreme Court. This is the highest federal court of the united states. This building, like the previous two, are impressive in and out. Tours are also available for the Supreme Court.
These are just a small fraction of the things to do in Washington DC. You can tour The White House, go to The Zoo, and even go to a museum devoted to Spying. When in D.C you may even catch a glimpse of the President of The United States.
National Mall is extremely big. There will be a lot of walking involved and sometimes you need to catch a break. from so much. There are Bike share stations all over the city. The cost is $2 for each 30-minute trips and $8 for 24 hours pass.
If touring the white house and some of the places I have mentioned above is your main reason for visiting, make sure you contact your States Senate or Representative to book a tour in advance. If you wait too long, the day that you plan to visit the White House may not be open for tours.
In D.C, parking is a headache. Make sure the hotels that you are staying in has parking garages in the area. You still have to pay $20-30 a night, but you will avoid paying a much larger amount for valet in your hotel.
Although not a tip, I wanted to mention that it is impossible to avoid large crowds in this Nations Capital during the day. Night time is usually less crowded and it gives you a different perspective of the city. Billions of people visit here each day so if you want to visit a less crowded place, DC is not for you. Ok, maybe not a Billion but, you get the point.
I leave you with some other pictures from this amazing trip.
Are you in the process of planning a visit to Washington? have you already been and did something I did not mention? please leave a comment telling me about your trip. Next time I am in town I will be sure to check them out.