Washington DC is one of the most historic and fascinating cities in the United States. I’ve had the chance to visit America’s capital city twice over the past few years, and each time, I learned more things about my country’s history.
For any tourist who has never been to the states before, I’d probably rank Washington DC in the top 3 cities to visit, alongside New York and Chicago (although DC is much safer than the 3!) There are so many fun things to do in the nation’s capital that it’s impossible to get bored. That being said, make sure to avoid visiting DC in the winter months (Nov – March) as the brutal cold weather may ruin your trip.
One of the perks about visiting DC is the accessibility of the city – on the east coast, and within a few hours drive from the neighboring states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, not mention the coastal states of Maryland and Virginia. In fact, if you are in any of these areas, then you can just get a bus rental (check out DC Bus Rentals) with a group, and it’ll save you money (if you were considering flying).
Once you’ve arrived in DC, you might be overwhelmed at all of the landmarks, museums, parks and sights to see – so I will do you a favor and break down some of the top ones below:
White House – The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the US. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in the year 1800. I recommend buying a ticket online to take a tour (it’s first come, first serve).
Ford’s Theatre – Ford’s Theatre is a very historic theatre in DC, used for various stage performances dating back to the 1860s. It is also the site President Abraham Lincoln was killed on April 14, 1865. It’s an interesting place to walk around.
Lincoln Memorial – The Lincoln Memorial honors the 16th President of the USA — Abraham Lincoln. It is located across from the Washington Monument, and showcases a detailed statue of Lincoln himself with a surrounding reflection pool. My favorite landmark in DC!
Holocaust Museum – As one of the best remembrance museums on earth, the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history as we know it.
Washington Monument – Standing high in the sky, The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, the first American president.
Capitol Hill – Capitol Hill is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., stretching easterly in front of the United States Capitol along wide avenues. There are many notable landmarks within Capitol Hill that are all walk able in distance.
National Museum of American history – The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the USA in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. It’s really a fascinating place that is worth your time to visit!
These are just some of the hundreds of landmarks, museums and sites that occupy Washington DC. Make sure to give yourself at least 5 days to get a good understanding on American history and what makes the USA so special.
As I mentioned before, taking a trip to DC on a charter bus is a great alternative to flying – especially if you are traveling with a group, it will save you some money! Check out Bus Rental to learn more information about chartering buses, and feel free to contact them with any questions you may have.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fun trip to DC!