From monuments and memorials to museums and more, Washington DC is abundant with history, fascinating attractions, and it’s where the rich heritage of America comes to life. Here’s a recommended schedule to plan your 2-day trip and make the most of your visit with Old Town Trolley:
Stop #1: Fords Theatre & Petersen House
Stop #2: The White House Visitor Center
Stop #3: National Archives & National Gallery of Art East and West
Stop #5: Union Station
Stop #6: U.S. Capitol & Supreme Court
Stop #7: Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Stop #9: The International Spy Museum
Stop #11: Jefferson Memorial & Tidal Basin
Stop #12: FDR & Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials
Stop #13: Lincoln, Korean War, World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials
Stop #14: Washington Monument & Museum of American History
Day 1 Make the most of your visit…
Stop one is at Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House. Allow about an hour for each place to tour the Lincoln Museum and see the place where he died on that fateful night. If you’ve brought the kids along, or if you’re at all curious, give yourself another hour or two to tour the International Spy Museum.
Stop #2 – The White House
Stop in at The White House Visitor Center (allow 30 minutes).
Stop #3 – Art & Archives
Hop off the trolley to take a tour and see the National Archives – an incredible collection and exhibit of some of the country’s most invaluable documents. If you’re an art enthusiast, the National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings are also here. These museums are extremely large and you could probably spend an entire day inside; but if you want to see the main aspects, save at least 3 hours for the pair.
Stop #5 – Union Station
Get some great photos at this historic mall and train station. You can also grab a quick snack or a casual meal and do some shopping as you stroll through the many stores.
Stop #6 – U.S. Capitol & Supreme Court
A great way to end day one is to spend a few hours touring the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. If you want to spend more time at any of these important sights, you could save it for the beginning of day two.
Day 2 Take advantage of the extra day
Get on the trolley at the stop closest to your hotel and hop off when you reach stop #7. It’s here you’ll want to give yourself a couple of hours to tour the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
Stop #11 – Jefferson Memorial
Allow up to an hour to view the magnificent Jefferson Memorial and the George Mason Memorial – right next to each other. If the weather is good, a paddle boat ride in the Tidal Basin only takes about an hour and is a fun activity for the whole family.
Stop #12 – FDR & Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials
The FDR Memorial is a unique and interesting look at the life and presidency of Roosevelt. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour to see it and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Stop #13 – Memorials
It’s here that you’ll have a chance to see the Lincoln, the Vietnam Veterans, the Korean and World War II Memorials. There’s also a shuttle at this stop to the Arlington Cemetery; you can just hop off the trolley and hop on the shuttle.
Stop #14 – Washington Monument & Museum of American History
You can’t miss a close up look at the Washington Monument and if you’ve never been to the Museum of American History, it’s a definite must do. The museum may take up to 3 hours, as there are over 3 million artifacts to view.
At this point, you could end your 2 day trip in Washington DC with a great feeling of satisfaction in knowing that you saw so many of the most important memorials, attractions and points of interest. If you’re up for one more – take an hour to enjoy the exquisite National Cathedral.
Self-guided tours and guided tours are available and its stunning architecture and more than 200 stained glass windows are just a taste of what will delight you.