The capital of the United States will always have a special place in our hearts as it was the first American city we visited. Its glorious monuments, mesmerizing (and free!) museums, and charming streets, shops and eateries make Washington, D.C. a definitive must-visit! And if House of Cards theme song hasn’t convinced you to put this amazing city on your travel list, we give you 5 more reasons to visit Washington, D.C.!
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The world’s largest library stands on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. With its flamboyant French architecture and extensive collections of books and other historical objects, Library of Congress deserves a thorough look inside. Join a free walking tour and learn about America’s oldest cultural institution!
This charming neighborhood is a definitive must-see for everyone visiting or passing through “the District.” The popular M Street boosts with shops, bars and restaurants and is the perfect place to go for brunch on weekends. Alongside Potomac River stretches the vibrant Georgetown Waterfront with some great views of the river and ideal spots for people-watching. Another sight to see is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath that spans 184.5 miles all the way to Cumberland, MD, and starts right here, in Georgetown. Hike or bike along the canal and discover some historical and natural treasures!
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Arlington National Cemetery is a military cemetery from the times of American Civil War. With over 400,000 graves on 624 acres it is the second largest cemetery in the US. To really feel the spirit and presence of this amazing site, visit on a gloomy day. Don’t miss the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Eternal Flame!
OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA
Take a 15-minute metro ride from the Capital (and say “Hello, Virginia!”) to explore and enjoy the picturesque old town of Alexandria. With its high-end shops, historical buildings and some of the finest dining in the area, this waterfront town has become a hotspot for people interested in history, culture and fine cuisine. Stroll down the charming King Street or take a ride on the Free King Street Trolley to get the best views of the 18th century architecture.
This beautiful 18th century plantation served as home to the first president of the United States, George Washington, and his wife Martha. The estate is being visited by more than 1 million people each year, and for good reasons! The tour guides give a great insight into its history and the Mansion’s back porch offers amazing views of the Potomac River. Tip: The estate is open year-round, so try visiting when less crowded. A great time is after Thanksgiving, when you can enjoy the Christmas spirit and see the pardoned turkeys that reside on the grounds. Be sure to stop in their restaurant as well and treat yourself to a delicious soup and hot cider!
What is your favorite part of DC? Do you know of a great spot for sunset watching? We would love to know!