I was told by several people that there was no need to spend more than a day or two in Washington D.C., to see all the important monuments and museums. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered there was much more to discover and I was glad that I had decided to spend 4 days there.
So what were the highlights of my time in Washington D.C.? Lets begin from the top.
1. SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK – I love this zoo, it was huge, it had pandas and it was FREE. You could easily spend an entire day here, there are so many animals to see.
2. UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM – This place was also pretty big, we didn’t get there till the afternoon and we ended up running out of time to see it all before closing. So I’d recommend getting there nice and early so that there is no need to rush. It’s a great museum with lots of information and the museum layout is easy to follow so that you don’t miss anything important.
3. GEORGETOWN – This is a lovely historic town to stroll through. The buildings are stunning and you can take your time looking in all the classy shops or stopping for a bite to eat. However my favorite thing about Georgetown was the free evening ghost tour. The guide was quite the storyteller with some very interesting mysteries to tell.
4. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY – This museum is free just like so many of Washington D.C.’s attractions. The museum covers many different areas of American history. My personal favourite was the presidents section which I found rather interesting. Why is it that so many American presidents have died during their time in office?
5. D.C. MONUMENTS – A list of DC highlights wouldn’t be complete without a mention of its many monuments. You can begin at the top end with the Lincoln Memorial and then make your way down past the Reflection Pool to the Washington Monument, on the way you can stop at the World War II Memorial which was my personal favorite and while you are at it why not walk around and check out the White House too. It’s not as big as most people imagine…
Well I hope this gives you some good ideas on what to see and do in Washington D.C. Have fun, but not so much fun that you miss your bus to New York like I may have done…
Last Tip: I found the Georgetown Ghost tour (mentioned above) on this free walking tours website. It’s a great site and lists free walking tours in cities throughout America. All that is requested at the end of the tour is a tip for the tour guide. This can be any amount you think the tour was worth.