This past New Years! My Girlfriend came to visit me!
So I decided to make this video into the Top 5 places that you should visit if you come on a short weekend trip to Washington DC.
Just as a heads up, Washington DC is not like many cities the USA or Europe where the commute is easier between points of interest. Between Each destination, there is a lot of walking. So bring lots of water and some food to snack on.
1. The White House
While you might see a great view of the white house and also a lot of tourist from the south lawn. If you are willing to walk around the executive building or the Treasury building, You can get a closer view of the white house if no major event is happening. When we went, we could not see much due to the preparations presidential inauguration were under way.
2. The US Capital
(You can set aside half a day here).
The US Capital is where the Congress meets to debate and make laws. The Capital building is a symbol of the American people and their government. The building has evolved greatly over time to meet the growing needs of the nation. There is a great video on the Capitols website that shows the evolution of the capital. During the tour, you will be able to see ever more in depth the locations, its significance and how it has changed over time. The general public tour starts with a 15-minute video and then the tour guide will give you a tour of the building and the various art and sculptures and history that is stored in the building.
There are three ways to get a tour of the US capital. If you are a US resident, you can book a tour through the office of your representative or the office of your senators. Congressional offices have their staff led tours which are in smaller groups. You can also book the tour directly through the capital visitor center.
The tours are free but are subject to cancellation without notice. Just make sure to double check the U.S. Capitol visitor center to see if tours are being offered on the days that you plan.
3. The Washington Monument
On your way to the Lincoln memorial, You can stop by the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, you can no longer go up the monument due to repairs. So many just tend to skip this and take a good view of it from the Lincoln Memorial across the reflection pool.
4. The Lincoln Memorial
Built between 1914 and 1922, the Lincoln Memorial stands tall on the west end of the National Mall across from the Washington Monument. You can get a great view of the Washington monument on the reflection pool from the Lincoln Memorial. It is built with archetypal forms of Greek Temple with Lincoln sculpture seated in the center looking towards the Washington Monument and the capitol. Inscribed on either side of Lincoln are two of his well-know speeches. You can also find the location where Martin Luther King Jr. Stood and gave the famous “I have a dream” speech.
5. The Smithsonian Museums
Choose one or two to visit. (we chose natural history, current hot music is the African American museum, need to register) Being the world’s largest museum does not mean you can see all of it in 1 day. I have lived in the DC area for over seven years, and I still have not seen everything. (Well not everything interests me) I highly recommending looking up something you are interested in on the Smithsonian website. See what exhibits are offered during your visit and plan on taking a look at it. If not you will easily get bored and zone out.
Here are two honorary mentions:
Georgetown River Front
It’s a great place to go rowing, fountain splashing, cycling and Nature walks. There is also a great historic cobblestone and brick streets.
This is a partially man-made reservoir. It is famously known for its Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring. Walking around the basin, you will also find Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and George Mason Memorial.
So if you ever make it to Washington DC and have a day or two to spare then these are the top 5 places that you should check out.