As American as apple pie, festooned with cherry blossoms and brimming with museums and marble monuments, Washington DC is more than just a political city full of paperwork and bureaucrats. It was designed by a Parisian and you can see the influence in the wide tree lined boulevards, open front porches and lack of skyscrapers. With world class art, culture and cuisine in this classically beautiful capital, there is a lot to explore.
Since our flight to Bangkok at the end of June will be leaving from Washington, DC we will have a perfect opportunity to enjoy a taste of America’s capital.
Here is the Global Goose guide to the top things to do in Washington DC:
The National Mall
Washington DC has one of the best collections of museums and monuments in the entire country and they are all gathered together for your convenience into one area, known as the National Mall. This greenway stretches two miles from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial and is lined with free museums along the way. This spot is incredibly important to the national psyche and is one of the biggest destinations in the country, making it one of the top things to do in Washington DC.
Allow yourself at least a day to check out the highlights of the many museums along the Mall, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institute and much more.
Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and its location on the Potomac River made it a crucial port during colonial times. Now the cobblestone streets of this historic neighborhood are alive with bustling bars, hip restaurants and upscale shops. One of the top things to do in Washington DC is to take a walk through this area past the 200 year old houses and beautiful gardens.
The Three Houses of Government
Washington, DC is home to the White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court and not only do these government buildings have impressive architecture they are also incredibly important to the history and the current operation of the United States. One of the most popular top things to do in Washington DC is to take a tour of these three houses to learn more about how the government works, but keep in mind that tours need to be booked in advance.
Great Falls Park
This rugged 800-acre park along the Potomac River is located close to downtown Washington, DC making it a perfect spot for a hike or a picnic. The park also has facilities for horseback riding and is a popular location for rock climbing and cycling. The 20 foot tall Great Falls themselves are the steepest fall line rapids of any eastern river and can be seen from many different observation areas.
These are just a few of the top things to do in Washington, DC. I can’t wait to visit this beautiful city soon!