Washington D.C. Guide

From museums to iconic monuments to American history, you find everything in one of the most important capital cities in the world.  Washington D.C. formerly known as Washington (District of Columbia) is situated along Potomac river on East coast of U.S..  I did  Washington Trip during my East Coast Tour in U.S. and so presenting you Washington D.C. Guide with general tips. Washington shares boundary of three states Virginia, Columbia & Maryland. 

Washington D.C. Guide
Washington D.C. Guide

Washington has many nicknames Federal City, City of Magnificent Distances, The American Rome and many more.  Washington D.C. houses many famous museums that have collections in the field of culture, art, science, history and air-space.

WASHINGTON D.C. GUIDE

UNITED STATES CAPITOL – This building is one of the most famous building in the world.  This beautiful dome faced building houses US Senates and US House of Representatives.  Free public tours of US Capitol are available on specific timings and days which can be checked on official website.  

Washington D.C. Guide
Capitol

WHITE HOUSE – Landmark building which is an official residence and workplace of US President.  The architecture of this building is Neoclassical style and was constructed during 1792 & 1800.

Washington D.C. Guide
White House

LINCOLN MEMORIAL – This memorial is built in honor of US President Abraham Lincoln.  It is located in western end of National Mall.

Washington D.C. Guide
Lincoln Memorial

The building is built in Greek styled temple and has big statue of Abraham Lincoln.  From this location many famous historical speeches were given named “The Second Inaugural Address”,  “I have a Dream” and many more.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT –  It is an obelisk in National Mall built to honor George Washington,  U.S.’s first President. It is 555 foot high and world’s tallest stoned obelisk structure.  

Washington D.C. Guide
Washington Monument

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT BUILDING – Permanent Home of the Court and built in 1935. It is a National Historic Landmark.

Washington D.C. Guide
United States Supreme Court

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART – It is nation’s museum which has well preserved collects, exhibits and works of Art.  It is surrounded by sculpted garden which was established in 1937.

NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM – It holds largest collection of historic airplanes, space craft and can be considered as Aviation museum.  It possesses the evolution of Airplanes and even the first Wright Brother’s planes.  Many show runs related to astronomy, space-flights and simulators in this museum.  Entry to museum is free but Donations are accepted.  For watching shows you need to purchase tickets.  

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE – It is an institute which forms a group of 19 museums and 9 research centers to increase and diffuse knowledge.  This is a historical building also well known as castle.  Admissions to all Smithsonian Museum is free.  There are many museums which are at walk able distances  from each other.

Washington D.C. Guide
Smithsonian Institute

PENTAGON – Five sided structure headquarters of US defense.  

Washington D.C. Guide
Pentagon

NATIONAL MALL – Most visited national park of America. There are many monuments with reflecting pool and memorials in this park to honor America’s sacrificing heroes and great presidents.

There are many more things to do in Washington D.C. but I could manage these top-listed 10 places during 1 day.  My tips for Washington D.C. Guide.

  1.  Spring to Fall is best time for touring in Washington D.C. but summers can be really very hot.  If going in summers carry hats and sun protection creams.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes as lots of walking involved in seeing and visiting huge monuments surrounded by park and gardens.
  3. Parking near the monuments is difficult, so if you are coming by car then leave your car at hotel or you have to park slightly far. Metro and public Bus services are good options for internal travel.
  4. It is better to book hotel outskirts as hotels near city center are over-priced and without free car park.
  5. Be prepared of security checks and metal detectors.
  6. Carry loads of bottled water & handy food as there are chances to stand long in Q’s.
  7. Plan ahead for museum entries and their shows.  Though entrance to special monuments is free but it requires lot of time planning.
  8. Don’t try to overdo because Washington D.C. has so much and not much interested.  Make your top activity list while researching.  We skipped many museums but tried our best to go for Air & Space Museums because my children are Science & Aviation enthusiasts.  
  9. Washington D.C.  is a place for young children as they have many educational,scientific and historic things to get indulged into. 

There are many other worth visiting cities of US, which I have toured during East Coast Tour of U.S.

Soon writing on many US cities on East Coast which I covered along my trip.  Till then….. 

KEEP TRAVELING…………………..KEEP EXPLORING……………………………….

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17 Comments

  1. It’s been many years since I was in DC, and I remember seeing many of these places. The Smithsonian building is incredible, I love all those colours. I agree that spring and autumn are the best months to visit, summer is too hot!

  2. I can imagine nowadays the security checks around this area! Still it keeps us safe. The monument I’d most like to photograph and see is the Lincoln Memorial, this has been in so many iconic movies. Thinking about it so have most of the Washington DC monuments.

  3. When visiting the US, I would hope to visit Washington DC. It would be just cool to see the White House and other historical buildings in the city. I love the mix of the old and new attractions and most especially the historically important ones.

  4. I’m currently in Latin America but hope to visit Washington DC one day! I’d have to make sure I visit in the summer though. Thanks for the inside info!

  5. When I worked in Virginia a while ago, I was super excited to visit DC. I had seen enough movies to get excited. It did not disappoint. In particular, I liked the Lincoln statue and the obelisks.

  6. Never got a chance to explore the American continent yet! Let’s see what future has in store for me. Esp after the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, exploring US Capitol has been in my wishlist!

  7. Being one of the most important capitals of the world, Washington DC really has a lot going on for it. I have always loved how grand it is and from an American point of view, there is so much history, especially political, that is evident in every direction. Thanks for such a detailed post and all the pointers.

  8. I would love to take the public tour of US Capitol. Though the history of America is relatively new but is still intriguing. I didn’t know it was built to resemble a Greek style temple. Now when I look at it carefully, I did find many similarities. Interesting indeed.

  9. I LOVE Washington DC! I haven’t been in five years at least – Great post, you’ve mentioned all the main attractions and things not to miss in this beautiful city with rich history and lots of new happenings every day. My favorite landmark is, by far, the White House – Did you know the government is going to close the pathway for visitors that allows us to observe the building from the fence?

  10. Such a nice post! I always want to visit Washington DC, and this guide just makes me wanna go more! I haven’t been to the U.S. yet, but surely I cannot miss the U.S. Capitol and White House.

  11. You have listed down all the important monuments of Washington DC that one must visit atleast once during their trip to the capital. I haven’t explored the US so this is going to be of huge help when I plan my trip in the future. It would be a dream come true to explore the city that has so much influence on the world!

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