The capital and the federal district of the US and the seat of the main branches of its government, Washington, D.C. has unparalleled collection of many of the country’s museums, memorials and treasured monuments. The vistas between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial are known all over the world as symbols the most powerful and wealthiest nation. Shedding its former reputation as a dangerous and boring city, the place now has a dining, shopping and nightlife scene that befitting a world-class metropolis. You will truly find it as an exciting destination.
Sightseeing destinations in Washington, D.C.
Virtually, all tourists in the city flock to the National Mall, which is a beautiful stretch of parkland holding many monuments and Smithsonian museums. But though the Smithsonian is truly a site that you cannot miss, do not fool yourself, as you cannot truly say that you have been to D.C. until you have explored it out and about. You should go to the North Central, West and East Districts, as well as the suburbs, to find other great places of interest, such as the National Zoo, National Cathedral, Chevy Chase, Atlas District, National Arboretum, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and many more!
Top tour activities in Washington, D.C.
There are plenty of things to do to fill a holiday in this great metropolis, and here are some activities that you should include in your itinerary:
- Getting in Touch with Nature at the Rock Creek Park - This park is one of the most favorite places in the city for running, cycling, skating and even horseback riding. With about 32 miles of hiking trails and paved roads, you will be able to easily spend a whole day here to sweat it out or just stretch your legs and relax. You can also explore the Civil War battle site at Fort Stevens and the old mill here.
- Cruising in Annapolis - Many people say that your trip to D.C. would not be complete without sailing in Annapolis. They add that it is practically a D.C. rite of passage to spend a day on its waters and join in an epic crab feast. You can book a 2-hour cruise on the Chesapeake Bay, where you can experience sailing into the sunset, while sipping your favorite juice or drinking fine beer.
- Chilling Out at the Meridian Hill Park - Unofficially known as the Malcolm X Park, this park located in Columbia Heights is filled with sculptures and memorials. Here, you can pack a picnic and hang out in front of the Cascading Waterfall in the formal garden or watch a concert at the upper mall area.
Top tour attractions in Washington, D.C.
Among the plethora of attractions, the following make D.C. what it is to the eyes of the people around the world:
- United States Capitol and Capitol Hill - The Capitol is recognized worldwide as a symbol of the US. Its huge dome was based on the one at St. Peter’s in Rome and stands out above all other buildings in the city.
- The White House - This is the official residence of the president, which was originally built by James Hoban in 1792 and rebuilt in 1818. Though it will give you a great feeling to see this iconic building just from the outside, you can tour the interior by making advanced reservations through your embassy or the Congressional office.
- The Lincoln Memorial - This is undoubtedly the best-loved of all memorials in the city, highlighting at its center the 19-foot marble statue of a seated President Abraham Lincoln.
Washington, D.C. sightseeing tours and activities
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