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First Timer Visitor’s Guide to Washington DC

For some, their first trip to Washington, D.C. likely took the form of a high school field trip, where classmates craned their necks up in awe at the Lincoln Memorial. No matter your age, your first time in Washington, D.C. is a cause for celebration. You will be in the midst of a place where all the nation’s history is archived, and monuments of the most important and influential historical figures are on full display. There are many places of interest and landmarks to explore, but don’t let that overwhelm you. You are on vacation, so step back, take a deep breath and follow these simple tips for your first time in D.C.

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Most Scenic Views of Washington DC

With the banks of the Potomac at your back and the White House before your eyes, take in Washington, D.C.’s scenic views while cruising beyond traffic with Old Town Trolley Tours. Pay homage to the great emancipator at the Lincoln Memorial, or listen to the babble of the Potomac River strolling through Georgetown Waterfront Park. Washington, D.C.’s imagery evokes a sense of wonder in well-versed history buffs, eager students and everyone in between. Imagine: it’s dawn in Capitol Hill, and the skies are painted pink and blue behind the Capitol Building. The sun is rising to shed light on the cherry blossoms of the Tidal Basin, inviting you to enjoy your next getaway in gorgeously historic Washington, D.C.

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Ultimate 3 Day Washington D.C. Itinerary

Resting on the banks of the Potomac River, the iconic U.S. Capitol of Washington D.C. boasts a rich history, ornate architecture, and some of the best sights in the whole country. It truly is no surprise that it attracts countless tourists every year.

Despite being so compact, the streets buzz with countless activities. From marveling at its white, stone structures, to meandering around one of its impressive museums; relaxing in the urban green spaces to dining in high scale restaurants, Washington D.C. delights history buffs and avid sightseers alike.

It doesn’t matter if you’re here on a midweek getaway or a weekend escape – there’s something here for everyone.

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A Brief History About the Nation’s Capital

Washington DC was founded in 1791 to become our nation’s capital. From the very beginning, it was a city that was steeped in history and created out of a need to establish a central location for the running of the government. And while not obvious to anyone walking the streets of this picturesque city today, it was not the first choice for the job. Instead, it was born out of a compromise between those in power during its earliest days.

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Things To Do In The Fall

Fall has begun and with it comes cooler temperatures and the vibrant changing of the leaves. It’s a great time to visit our nation’s capital, as there are numerous fall activities and festivities, outdoor attractions, and natural scenery to enjoy. Here are some of the top picks for the best fall things to do in DC.

Experience the magic of fall in Washington DC with a plethora of exciting activities to enjoy. From admiring vibrant foliage and waterfront views to exploring festivals, markets, and pumpkin patches, there’s something for everyone.

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Hidden Gems in Washington DC

While we all know of the popular monuments, museums and memorials that make Washington DC so famous, there are many less famous points of interest worth discovering. When you’re getting ready to visit our nation’s capital, here are a few of the city’s hidden gems you should consider including on your itinerary.

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Fun Facts About Washington DC

Everyone knows that Washington DC is our nation’s capital and that it’s where you can visit some of the world’s most famous monuments and memorials. But there are a few little known facts about DC that many people would be surprised by. Read on to learn more.

Discover fascinating facts about Washington DC, the capital of the United States. It’s also home to the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress.

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Getting Around Washington DC

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When heading to the nation’s capital, be ready to explore some of the most popular attractions, monuments, memorials and points of interest ever visited. Washington DC is one of the most interesting places in the world and offers an abundance of things to do and see. Plan ahead by making sure you know how you’re going to get around in the city. Read on for some of the top modes of transportation in DC.

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Reasons To Visit Washington DC

One of the most visited cities in the USA, Washington, DC offers a variety of interesting experiences, from learning about American history and government to seeing many of the most iconic sights in the country. This vibrant city is also home to great food, art, cultural attractions and much more. Read on for the top reasons to visit Washington, DC.

Washington, DC is a great place to visit for people of all ages and interests. Read the top reasons why you should visit the nation’s capital.

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Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse neighborhood adjacent to Woodley Park and is considered to be the heart of Washington’s Latin community. The area comes alive at night, with many bars and restaurants along the main street luring locals and visitors alike until the early morning hours. 19th and early 20th-century row houses and apartment buildings line the streets throughout the area, making it an interesting spot to view historic architecture.

Dupont Circle

Come to Dupont Circle to see the upscale, trendy neighborhood that is home to young professionals, academics and artists. Chic shops, boutiques, delightful restaurants, and fabulous architecture are also why Dupont Circle is a popular place to linger. Turn-of-the-century mansions and quaint brownstones that were once home to the most wealthy and prominent are now home to galleries, museums, bookstores and even foreign embassies. When you visit, take a moment to relax by the fountain in the center of the circle; it’s a favorite gathering spot for locals and travelers as well.

Washington Monument

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One of the most celebrated and spectacular sights on the National Mall, the Washington Monument, stands as a grand tribute to our nation’s first President, George Washington. The 555 foot obelisk is also one of the oldest and most recognizable memorials in the City. While construction began in 1848, the monument was not completed until 1884 because of financial difficulties during the Civil War.

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White House Visitors Center

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At the White House Visitor Center, people from around the world can learn about the amazing history of the White House and the United States Presidency. Discover facts about the architecture and furnishings of the White House, the first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders. Visitors can also watch a 30-minute video, entitled “Where History Lives” and see six historical exhibits. A gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs and mementos related to the White House and Washington DC. Park ranger talks, military concerts, and special traveling exhibits are also of interest to guests and available at different times.

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