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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.
DC is not only home to some of the most notable museums in the world, but most of them are also free to the public. All 19 of the Smithsonian Museums offer adults and children of all ages an unforgettable experience. From the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History to the Natural History Museum and the American Indian Museum, you could spend hours at each and still not see it all. A visit to Washington, DC isn’t complete without a stop in to these renowned institutions.
When it comes to American history, this is where it all comes together. America’s capital is rich with history and incredible sights to see. From the monuments and memorials to the many significant buildings and points of interest, you can see them all when you take the Old Town Trolley Tour. This is DC’s most comprehensive, fully narrated sightseeing tour. You’ll be transported past more than 100 different sights including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the U.S. Capitol Building, the U.S. Botanic Gardens and much more.
Your guide on the tour will not only share interesting facts and stories, he or she will also entertain you with amusing anecdotes.
A part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo is also free to the public. It has also earned a reputation as one of the world’s best zoos with more than 2,000 different animals of 400 species. Adults and children are enthralled by a visit here where you can see Giant Pandas, Great Apes, Lions, Cheetahs, Tigers, Asian Elephants, Gray Wolves, California Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Sloth Bears, Giraffes and many more. There are 163 acres to explore and enjoy at the National Zoo, located in the heart of Washington, DC. Plan on spending 2-3 hours to see as many of the fascinating animals that make the zoo their home.
Taking a tour of the White House is one of the most popular things to do when visiting Washington, DC. To get tickets, you need to plan and make requests in advance. It has been known to take a month or a few months to get a reservation; but it’s totally worth it to see the White House up close. If you can’t get a reservation to take a tour, just seeing it from the outside, viewing the grounds and stopping in at the White House Visitor Center is an experience you won’t forget. Inside the visitor center you can learn about the history of the White House, the first families who lived there, the furnishings, the architecture and much more. There’s also a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs.
Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring sights you’ll witness in DC, besides the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, is the Arlington National Cemetery. It’s here where more than 250,000 men and women who served in the United States Military have been laid to rest. This is also home to the Tomb of the Unknowns, or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is an unknown American soldier from World War I and unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The area is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make sure to also view the Eternal Flame, which marks the grave of President John F. Kennedy, and the Arlington House, a tribute to Robert E. Lee.