Besides being the capital of the world’s most powerful country, Washington D.C. has its attractions besides the government buildings and the seat of power at the Capitol Hill. Although the widespread presence of government offices might give the perception that the city is all about offices and government establishments, it will change once you get up and close to it and see beyond what catches the eye quickly. Rest assured that the city is ready to give visitors value for money when they experience the vibrant nightlife, buzzing street festivals, crazy art exhibits, and much more.
There is nothing like seeing the real thing up close that will change your perception of the city famous for being America’s capital that you must have read in textbooks. For more than 200 years, Washington D.C. has become a world-class cultural capital with a rich history that attracts people of all ages who are eager to witness the astonishing collection of historical troves and museums and explore the culinary offerings and serious music.
Time to visit
Despite the hot and humid summers, tourists keep flocking to the city almost every day of the year. Gray is the color of the city in winter when it turns into a cold, slushy mess, but the snow does not stick. The seasons define the best time to visit Washington D.C., which is a six-month window between March and early June or during the months between September and November.
According to freefunguides.com, this Washington DC travel guide should help you discover the city in all its hues that underline its cultural and historical lineage.
Morning is the time to spend in the museums
Some of the best museums in the world are in Washington, D.C., which are the must-go places even if you are on a sightseeing tour. With school groups and tourists thronging the museums every day, to avoid the crowd and visit as many museums as possible in a day, plan for not more than three museum visits during the early hours beginning 10 am sharp.
The Holocaust Museum–The museum presents a detailed historical account of Nazism. It is a solemn tribute to the Holocaust victims that terrified the world with the horrifying events during the most savage years of humanity. The visit might leave you in tears as you see the ghastly devastation that has no match in history.
The Newseum – The museum is a treasure trove of numerous exhibits related to current events, journalism, and reporting across the United States. The FBI exhibit and the Pulitzer Prize-winning hall are the famous attractions for those who take an interest in current affairs. The museum also organizes exhibits that change every few months to stay aligned with the current affairs.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture – To take a long look at American history, a visit to the NMAAHC, the newest addition to the Smithsonian museum is a must. You can travel through time to get a glimpse of the history from the times of slavery and move on to witness the civil rights movements that culminated in the modern-day movements and pop culture.
Visit the Monuments at night
The following iconic landmarks are part of any sightseeing tour, but make sure to see the marvels at night.
The Lincoln Memorial – The columned memorial built in 1915 is an architectural beauty dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln. Situated at the end of a large reflecting pool, the memorial overlooks the Washington Monument and the World War II memorial.
The Jefferson Memorial–The iconic sand-colored dome is on the edge of the Tidal Basin. The memorial is a treat for the eyes during spring when the blooming cherry blossoms engulf the surroundings and look magnificent.
The Washington Monument– The pointed monument that rises to the sky is the iconic landmark of Washington, D.C., that stands tall at the edge of the grassy National Mall. Elevators take visitors to the top of the Washington Monument.
The Capitol– The majestic building standing at the heart of the city is one of the most important centers of the government as it houses the United States Congress. Take one of the free tours and visit the free exhibits that keep happening throughout the year.
The National Mall – No tour of Washington D.C. can be complete without having a view of its backyard, The National Mall, a grassy lawn for visitors to hang around on sunny days. The National Mall is the hub of many activities and fun festivals in the city and lined with world-class museums.
The WWII Memorial– The memorial is the nation’s tribute to all those who served and lost their lives in World War II. Located opposite to the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial on the premises of the National Mall, the structure consisting of 56 pillars and a fountain and a pair of small triumphal arches is of immense national significance.
Night-time visits to the memorials will help to keep away from the crowd that swells during the daytime, and some tour companies are ready to fulfill your wishes.
Taste the city food
Visiting the food scene of a city is a must to know the city from within. The expansive dining scene of Washington, D.C, can help you explore the culinary delights from any region or country across the world. The city has something to offer for any food lover from any part of the world, and you can experiment with Georgian khachapuri joints to Eritrean eateries while sweating in the hot servings of Lao food or savor the fresh Peruvian ceviche.
For international food offerings, you can visit Bob’s Shanghai 66 to taste their exquisite Xiao long bao or soup dumplings that foodies are ready to die for. For a fantastic brunch on weekends, you can visit the Purple Patch that specializes in Filipino food and amazing Filipino American fusion dishes. But make sure that you do not leave the city before tasting the best Mexican food and drinks served at EspitaMezcaleria that will be one of its kinds of experiences.