Millions of Americans visit the nation’s capital every year. It’s not only the seat of government and power, but there’s so much beauty surrounding it. The cherry trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, for example, can be enjoyed each spring around the Tidal Basin, in East Potomac Park, and all around the Washington Monument.
Going during the wintertime is its own special treat. Festooned with lights, the city looks incredibly festive. You can check out the National Christmas Tree and all of the other seasonal sights.
Of food, music, laughter, and fun, there is an abundance. However, it’s a good idea to park the car and walk toward these due to the traffic. Not only that, but Washington was designed to be an easily walkable city. Just be sure to bring something warm and dress in layers so you can be comfortable on foot and inside.
There are many great hotels right in the heart of DC. The Grand Hyatt Washington is one fine choice, located about a half-mile to the National Mall. With handy amenities like a Metro Center train station attached to the lobby and fast, free Wi-Fi, it’s a popular choice for all types of travelers. The St. Gregory Hotel is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. This luxury hotel offers an immersive, sophisticated experience.
No matter where you stay, you can hardly go wrong. Just be sure to pack comfortable footwear, too!
Where To Begin
The National Mall is nicknamed “America’s front yard.” It stretches for two miles from the Capitol on the east end to the Washington Monument to the west. The monuments and several museums and galleries are located there, all within walking distance.
Twenty-one Smithsonian Institution museums and the zoo are available for Americans to see and learn about the nation’s varied and fascinating history. Situated on the Mall are the:
- American Indian Museum
- Air and Space Museum
- Natural History Museum
- American History Museum
- African American History Museum
- Several art galleries
Tour the capital by tour bus and by water. See the historical places and learn their stories as you glide along the road and the river.
Mt. Vernon And Arlington
See how our nation’s first president lived. Walk the gardens, check out the farm, and watch as an authentic blacksmith shows you the ways of George Washington’s world.
You can’t visit the capital without seeing Arlington. Originally Robert E. Lee’s home, at the end of the Civil War, it was turned into a cemetery for both Union and Confederate soldiers in addition to presidents. A heart-touching sight is the eternally burning torches over presidential graves.
The Great Escape Room
Have you ever wanted to be Sherlock Holmes? This room only has one way out, and you have an hour to find it. Can your team work together to make the great escape?
A company that’s concerned with its carbon footprint is creating a green place to play. It supports charities and underprivileged persons by giving everyone a fun place to play. No stress, no hurry, just clean fun with all who happen to come in. Pick up a paddle and play ping-pong.
Giant National Capital BBQ Battle
Each June 22nd and 23rd from Pennsylvania Avenue up Constitution Avenue, America’s restaurants and teams battle it out for the title of National BBQ Champion. Come taste the barbecue chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and all the wonderful side dishes and decide whom you consider the National Champ.
The largest natural caverns in the country feature ten-story rooms with towering stalactites along with orchestra quality sound emanating from the Stalacpipe Organ, the 3 ½ acre stalactite group hit with a rubber-tipped mallet. You’ll be enchanted with the musical sounds they make.