When you visit our Nation’s Capital, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the amazing historical sites and popular tourist attractions. With DC Trails on your side, you won’t miss any of the hottest spots our city has to offer.
Washington, DC is home to some of the most famous museums, a few of which definitely need to be on your list. The American History Museum incorporates interactive exhibits, like America on the Move, and the Q?rius Discovery Room at the Natural History Museum can keep your kids occupied for hours.
Of course, you can’t miss the national monuments. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and Vietnam and World War II Memorials are among the most popular. Our Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour will make a stop at each one of these sites, and give you enough time to explore them at your leisure.
Touring the three houses of the government should be at the top of your list as well. People come from all over the world with the hope of touring the White House, though it’s important to note that this must be planned very far in advance because you will need to make a request through one of your members of Congress. Without jumping through those hoops, you can visit the White House Visitor Center to learn about White House architecture, furnishings, and the Presidents and first families. Touring the Capitol building and the U.S. Supreme Court is much simpler. Both buildings are open to the public for guided tours during the week.
Make sure you stop through Georgetown, where you’ll find the best shopping and eateries the City has to offer. Enjoy a nice lunch, some leisurely shopping, and a relaxing stroll through Washington Harbour where you’ll get the best view of the Potomac. There’s so much to do in this part of town, you could easily spend an entire day here.
Before you leave Washington, don’t miss out on Mount Vernon. The 500-acre estate that was once home to George Washington and his family boasts state-of-the-art galleries and theatres. Take a tour of the beautifully restored Colonial mansion, furnished with original objects that date back to the 1740’s. Make sure you have enough time to check out the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Don’t skip over the other buildings on the property, including the slave quarters, smokehouse, coach house, and stables.
Fitting all of this in can be quite the chore, but not when you choose to book a tour with DC Trails!