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Photos: 48 Hours in Washington, DC USA

In June 2012 we spent 48 hours in Washington DC before catching our flight to Bangkok. We really enjoyed walking around the monuments and seeing the sights of this beautiful city.

We believe Washington DC has a lot to offer every type of visitor, from families with kids to couples to solo travelers. It is easy to navigate, has countless museums, art galleries and historical sites and lots of great places to eat.

Washington is an important city as it is the capital of one of the most powerful nations in the world. This city is iconic and it is a place you should definitely visit if you get the chance.

Here are some of the best photos that we took during our 48 Hours in Washington DC. Enjoy!

48 Hours in Washington DC: Our Best Photographs

The Whitehouse
The Whitehouse

The Whitehouse is an obvious must-see during your 48 hours in Washington DC. It was closed and blocked off when we visited for some sort of special event so we didn’t get any closer than this. If you want to take a tour you need to arrange it at least 21 months in advance. Check out the Whitehouse website for information on how to do this.

The Supreme Court and the Capitol Building
The Supreme Court and the Capitol Building

Here I am, chilling on the steps of the Supreme Court with the Capitol Building in the background. Tours of the Capitol are free, but you need to book them in advance online via this website.

National Air and Space Museum
Apollo II Command Module Columbia – National Air and Space Museum

The National Mall is lined with several excellent museums offering free admission to their treasures. If you only have 48 hours in Washington DC and you can’t see them all, at least be sure to check out the National Air and Space Museum which has some fascinating exhibits from mankind’s exploration in space and the skies.

The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is also another must-see stop during your 48 hours in Washington DC.

Butterflies at United States Botanical Gardens
Butterflies at United States Botanical Gardens

We got lucky and happened to wander by just in time to see hundreds of butterflies being released into the United States Botanic Gardens.

My Little Butterfly Friend
My Little Butterfly Friend

I made a new friend!

Boat Tour Washington DC
Boat Tour Washington DC

We also took a boat cruise along the Potomac River. It was a great way to see the sights of the city from the water and learn a bit about the history.

Lee Relaxing on the Boat Cruise
Lee Relaxing on the Boat Cruise

These are just a few of the adventures that we got up to during our visit to Washington DC. What is your favorite thing to do in this great city?

About Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word.


  1. These photographs of the Washington, D.C. are absolutely stunning! It must have been a wonderful 48 hours especially with the extra added bonus of experiencing the butterfly release at the Botanic Gardens.

    It has always been my dream to visit all the historic sites in D.C. There are many things I want to see, but I think that the Lincoln Memorial would be at the top of my list. It would be something to be able to walk up those steps and gaze at Abraham Lincoln. I may have seen “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” a few too many times. LOL

  2. I love the photos! One thing I’d add is that the Museum of Natural History is not the be missed- in my opinion it’s at least as worthwhile as the Air and Space Museum. Boat cruises are a fantastic idea. It’s also really easy to walk from monument to monument if you have some time and are in decent shape- the tidal basin is gorgeous year round. It looks like you had a great time, and really managed to see a lot.

  3. This gives me some great ideas. I have only spent a few hours at a time in DC, but my husband and I are hoping to spend a few days sometime this year. Our main draw is the Smithsonian, but now I have some more sites I hadn’t considered. Thanks!

  4. I haven’t seen Washington DC but I would really like visiting it. Thanks to you know I have got a general idea of what to see if you are in a dilemma and can’t decide on your own. Anyway I think visiting DC would be rally enjoyable, judging from the way you describe it.

  5. Washington D.C. has become the new foodie place. I have been there several times and it is always a great time, but I am looking forward to spending some time in the future exploring all the new food venues there. The city has always been a bit of a melting pot, so I am sure there has always been a good variety of ethnic restaurants, but now some of the chefs there are making strides to put D.C. on the map for foodies. Nice article!

  6. I am a proud to say that I went to University in Washington DC and I really enjoyed each and every minute of my 5 years in that city. DC has so much to offer, in terms of the quality of people you meet there and the substantial intellectual conversations that you engage in, especially if you live there. There are many free museums that you can visit that will absolutely blow your mind. There is so much this article reminded of in terms of the tourists grounds, such as the white house and the Mall. It’s amazing to see these places in person and to discuss them with your loved ones.

  7. I love the photos. I lived in the DC area for a while and really miss it. The National Mall is really the best place to go since everything is basically right there. Also if you want to take photos you can see of get to most of the big monuments from right there. The National Air and Space Museum was my favorite place to go. I love see all the cool planes and the space stuff there. I would highly recommend it. The other place is Georgetown. It has some great history and the night light there is so much fun.

  8. Beautiful photos, and a great article! It has been many years since I’ve been to D.C., having last visited in the late 1980s. I made it a point to visit the Viet Nam memorial, as my cousin’s name is inscribed on it. It’s odd but the three times that I have gone to D.C., the White House was closed to tours each time, just my luck, I suppose! Yes, the Lincoln Memorial is truly impressive, isn’t it!

  9. Great pictures and you covered a lot in the brief amount of time. We used to live in the area and still fall in love every time we return. In addition to what you have mentioned, the Jefferson memorial in Spring, the Holocaust museum, the National Gallery of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are awesome. Plus DC is amazing for its variety of global foods….Adams Morgan rocks for Ethiopian and more.

    We would be honored if you would take a look at some of our posts on the DC area on our site.

    Happy travels in 2013:)

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