Washington D.C. is an absolute blast for visitors, with you’ll be happy to learn that there is no shortage of things to do. Here’s some of what should be on your itinerary.
Visit the White House
One of the best things to do in Washington, D.C. is also one of the most obvious, and that’s visiting the White House.
While it’s easy to check out the exterior of the White House, from a secure distance (for them, not you), if you want to tour the inside, be sure to plan ahead. You’ll need to submit a request to a member of congress at least 3 weeks in advance. But it’s well worth the effort to get a guided tour through one of the Western World’s most historic seats of power.
Other Iconic Memorials
The Lincoln Memorial is a must-see, as is the Washington Mall. Also the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. You should also see the incredibly moving Vietnam Memorial, which is one wall our government built that was needed. And visit the Martin Luther King Memorial, not too far from where he delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech, one of the greatest oratories in American history.
Explore Smithsonian Museums
Yes, plural. There are many — 17 in total. All are free to enter, as soon as they reopen. They are currently closed due to Covid restrictions, although outdoor gardens and exhibitions are available to see.
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum is the most famous, and one of the most spectacular museums on the planet, but don’t miss the dramatic Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, when it’s open again. There’s also the powerful National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of the American Indian. The world renowned National Portrait Gallery — you don’t need us to tell you what’s there — is also part of the Smithsonian Institution, as the museums are known collectively.
Spend Some Time in Georgetown
Washington D.C. offers a lot more to visitors than simply great cultural institutions. There are also some great neighborhoods to explore.
Be sure to visit Georgetown, where you can take in the city’s historic waterfront, explore historic homes, go paddling on the Potomac, and indulge in some of the best food in the city. It’s also where the book and movie The Exorcist takes place.
If you’re interested in DC nightlife, Georgetown is a great spot to check out. You should also keep in mind that weed is legal in Washington D.C. now! Learn more about how to get weed if you’re interested. I mean, for a friend.
Hang Out At the Union Market
One of the regular pastimes of D.C. locals is spending time in the popular Union Market, where there are plenty of excellent restaurants, shops, and local food vendors to check out. The market is situated in the NoMa neighborhood and includes the Latin market, La Cosecha.