Lace up your shoes and stroll along the 2 miles of the National Mall...
Don’t miss a visit to the Library of Congress, home to the world’s largest collection of books, or Arlington National Cemetery, and reflect on the names on the headstones and the stories each could tell. A day could easily be spent at the National Zoological Park, whose hundreds of inhabitants include giant pandas, or take a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home on the banks of the Potomac River. The delightful historic neighbourhood of Georgetown parades many shops and restaurants, and is also the setting for Washington, DC’s oldest house and a famous scene from the film, ‘The Exorcist’.
You could spend your entire time in Washington, DC just visiting the museums, with 19 within the Smithsonian Institute making it the world’s largest education and research complex. All are free of charge and amongst the highlights are the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of African American History. Away from the Smithsonian and presenting something a little different, the International Spy Museum not only tells the history-changing stories of espionage and deception but also proudly boasts a James Bond interactive exhibit.
A great way to combine several attractions for one low price is the Washington DC Explorer Pass, giving you the freedom to choose three top attractions, which can be visited any time for up to 30 days. Included in the pass are the International Spy Museum, Mount Vernon, a 1-day Patriot Tour, and a riverboat cruise of Washington, DC’s Monuments. You’ll save up to 35% off combined admission prices, skip the line at selected attractions and be provided with transport to each of your chosen spots.
This revitalised mid-century food hall has turned the Northeast Washington neighbourhood of NoMa into a culinary haven. Originally known as Centre Market and once the largest in Washington, DC, today it is a hip feasting ground, where anything from a pop-up dumpling stand to an oyster bar serving the daily catch from the Chesapeake River will tickle your taste buds. Maybe try ‘TaKorean’ for mouth watering beef tacos, or ‘Puddin’ for decadent shrimp ‘n’ grits – it’s difficult to know where to turn to next!
This area of Washington, DC is perhaps less known than Georgetown but we think worthy of note. With an instantly recognisable traffic circle and fountain at its centre, the main street is Connecticut Avenue, its fashionable shops and diverse restaurants likely to entice. Call in at The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, or the home of former president Woodrow Wilson, or maybe pay a visit to the Mansion on O & O Street Museum.
For a memorable day trip, journey through the countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania as your coach makes its way to Gettysburg to discover some of its deepest historical roots. The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle in the Civil War and a turning point in the conflict, becoming the inspiration for the Gettysburg Address, and you will see Cemetery Ridge, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his monumental speech.