[updated Mar/21] This month’s [8on8] project is about “big cities”, so I chose to talk about what to do in Washington DC.After all, it is the capital of the USA!A good definition of a big city, isn’t it?
For those who don’t know, [8on8] is a project where travel bloggers talk about a theme every day 8 with 8 photos.Shall we go?
Back to Washington?
First of all, Washington, as I said, is the capital of the USA.A city that surprised me a lot for the beauty of its constructions and its wonderful museums.
It’s a city that is a little on the sidelines of Brazilians’ plans, but if you have a little time, it’s perfect for a little stretch on a trip. to New York.Check out our New York Film Travel Guide!
Several blogs and guides indicate that it is possible to take a day trip from New York.
Yes, it’s true.
But it’s going to be hectic and there’s so much cool stuff to do in Washington that you’ll be left with a taste of “I want more”.Think carefully about staying at least 2 days there.
A really cool suggestion is to take a day trip to Philadelphia.I liked it a lot.See my 1-day Philadelphia itinerary here.
Getting around Washington
Check out my tips on using public transportation in Washington DC here.To save money on your trip!
What to do in Washington DC
It is undeniable that one of the tourist attractions in Washington DC is visiting the most famous seat of government in the world. world (and the most destroyed in lol movies).How about saying goodbye to the president?
We can’t get too close, because it’s heavily protected.But it is possible to take some pictures through the railing.
A guided tour of the interior is only possible for Americans.For foreigners, it is something so complicated that in practice it is impossible (in our case, making a request to the Brazilian Embassy in the US and…. falling into government bureaucracy).
There is a Visitors Center open to the general public , with a brief account of the residence and its history.
- address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
- time:daily, 24 hours.The Visitor Center from 7:30 am to 4 pm.
- value: free.
Another iconic building in Washington is the Capitol, where the US Congress.In front of the building, on its balcony, is where the inauguration of the US presidents takes place.
The Capitol is at the beginning of the National Mall, at the other end of Looonga Avenue is the Lincoln Memorial.
It is possible to take a free guided tour of the interior, you just need to book in advance on the Capitol website.See my tour of the American Congress here.I found it very interesting.
The only detail is that the visit is only with an English-speaking guide, ok?
After the tour, you can go to the House Gallery, where the session room is. of Congress.You don’t need to make an appointment here, just request access by presenting your passport.
I took this tour, the group sits in the audience and a guide explains a little about the procedures.No photos are allowed.
Complement the visit by going from the Library of Congress, through the underground tunnel that connects the two buildings.Again, a free guided tour (isn’t it great to walk around for free?).
- address: the entrance for visitors is at the bottom of the corner of First Street and East Capitol Street.
- time: Monday to Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- value: free.
Memorial of Lincoln
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the best known monuments from Washington.Built in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the admired 16th US president who ended the Civil War.
The monument is beautiful, with architecture inspired by the classical Greco-Roman style, where there is a huge statue of Lincoln seated in a chair (almost 6m tall) surrounded by 36 columns.
On the walls are excerpts from two of the late president’s most famous speeches.
It’s a very crowded attraction!But without queues, the place is wide.But be patient with taking pictures.
The Lincoln Memorial was the setting for key moments in US history, such as Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.In honor of the sentence is engraved on the floor, where he spoke.
- address:2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW
- times: daily, 24 hours .
- value: free
- site: nps.gov/linc/
The Washington Monument is that famous obelisk that we’ve all seen in a movie.Completion is expected in 2019. If you manage to visit it, let me know how it went in the comments!
Across the street, separating the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, is the Reflecting Pool.The reflecting pool that makes up the scenery.
Vietnam War Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the many memorials in the city honoring soldiers killed in combat.I chose this one to visit because it is one of the most famous.
The main highlight of the memorial is the huge black marble wall, over 75m long, with the names of those who died and disappeared in the conflict.In front, there is the statue of soldiers walking in combat stance, very impressive.
I felt a great sadness to see all those names engraved on the wall, so many lives lost in a stupid conflict.
The memorial is very close to the Lincoln Memorial, on the left side as you leave.So, perfect to combine them.
- address:22nd St.with Constitution Ave.NW.
- time:daily, 24 hours.
Tidal Basin Lake
A beautiful lake surrounded by several very interesting monuments, such as that of Martin Luther King , from World War II among others.
I really enjoyed walking around it (despite the intense heat of summer).Full of trees, flowery.I love this type of tour.
Read here an itinerary around Lake Tidal Basin and its monuments.
One of the most amazing museum cities in the world!!!!Better, many for free!Only in London, with its wonderful museums, have I experienced so many amazing attractions to visit for free.
The list of free museums is extensive.Dedicated to science, space exploration.Just keep an eye out for any mention of Santos Dumont (it’s not easy… sad rivalry).
Here are all the details about the free museums in Washington.
Paid museums worth a visit:
One of my favorite tours.The pleasant historic district, with its old buildings full of charm.
The prestigious university of the same name is located here.Access to the campus is free.I marveled at the historic buildings and beautiful garden of Georgetown.Oh!It must be wonderful to study in a place like this.
It was a delight to walk around and explore the neighborhood.There are also very nice restaurants, a good option for a meal.
Bonus: other attractions in Washington
Arlington Cemetery: a little out of the way the heart of the city’s attractions, the cemetery is the resting place for Americans who died in service or for the US (such as victims of 9/11, for example).I’m not a fan of visiting cemeteries, but this place is part of many Washington itineraries.
Supreme Court: Next to the Capitol.It’s a very interesting building.It’s worth at least a photo.
Great Fall Park: a park on the outskirts of the city, perfect for enjoying nature if you have a little extra time on your Washington trip plan.
Dupont Circle: neighborhood close to Georgetown, home to beautiful buildings and embassies on Embassy Row.
Chinatown: Chinatown (obvious, right?) .A region full of restaurants and shops, very nice to visit.
Union Station: one of the largest train stations in the US, close to Chinatown.
Botanical Garden: The United States Botanic Garden is adjacent to the Capitol.With the coupon LETSFLYAWAY5 you still get a 5% discount.
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