3-DAY Washington, District of Columbia ITINERARY
Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It's defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings - including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. It's also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center, per Google.
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Must do, must see, must try:
Monuments, memorials and the fallen heroes. Take a moment at each sight.
FOOD MUST: OYSTERS
Shuck, slip or suck the freshest oysters you can find.
Catch the Cherry Blossoms tress in full bloom during March through April.
The 3-Day Washington, D.C. Itinerary
Avoid the sweltering summers by visiting from September to November or March to May. Plan around the cherry blossoms if possible.
The itinerary pieces activities together that are walk-able, but Lyft to the outskirts or take the local trolley. Renting a car is a nice option but street parking and hotel parking is over-priced.
Language is English
Currency: US Dollar (USD, $)
Washington DC attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Besides the political significance, Washington DC offers beautiful museums (a lot of them), peaceful gardens and historical significance. Bucket list city that offers a lot of activities and food options that won't break your budget. The atmosphere is ideal for a romantic getaway, friends reunion or a family vacation.
Super early flight, check-in to AirBnB and drop off bags
10 AM - Walk the National Mall; full loop is 4 miles
Start the loop and sights to see:
Noon - The White House, you may be walking back later in the evening to see the White House at night
1 PM - Lunch at The Old Ebbitt Grill ($$, Bar & Sandwiches) and try the oysters are delicious
2 PM - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; time spent is 3 hours, free
The building behind this one is the U.S. Department of Justice
Walk next door to Pavilion Cafe for a coffee and dessert; the building behind this one is the National Archives Building
5:30 PM - Smithsonian Castle; free
Stroll around Tidal Basin
7:00 PM - Walk to the U.S. Capitol Building and take in all the sights, really gorgeous at night
Behind this building is the Supreme Court of the U.S. and Library of Congress
Don't worry - you're coming back for a tour
8 PM - Dinner at Birch & Barley ($$$, American) in Logan Circle
Bar: DNV Rooftop ($$$, Rooftop Bar) just down the street
9 AM - The Pentagon Tour; time spent is 1.5 hours, free; must register in advance
City within a city with drug stores, florists, candy shops and more
Take a moment to reflect on where the 9/11 plane hit
11:30 AM - Arlington National Cemetery; time spent is 1 hour
Sight: U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
2 PM - Back to the National Mall - there's so much here!
So many museums, so see one that fits your interests:
Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
National Gallery of Art
The building behind this one is Federal Trade Commission Library
The Newseum; time spent is 2 hours, $25; this is a MUS visit, actual sections of the Berlin Wall are kept here
Get to the top for a great view
Smithsonian National Museum of American History; time spent is 2 hours; another must
Other options: National Geographic Museum, International Spy Museum, Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters and the National Building Museum
6:30 PM - Library of Congress, take a look up at the most beautiful ceiling you'll ever see
Evening activities options: see a show at Ford's Theater or nightlife: Adams Morgan neighborhood
Travel a GO-Go
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