Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States and as such, is a fascinating city to visit and explore. Bordered by the states of Maryland and Virginia, the city employs over one million people Monday through Friday, and is host to millions of tourists and visitors each year.
Below are some of the top activities and attractions for both vacationers and local residents:
Dupont Circle is an area famous for its ethnic restaurants, exceptional museums, bookstores, historic homes, private art galleries, and foreign embassies. This neighborhood is also considered the center of Washington, D.C.’s nightlife. The Circle itself features park benches, well manicured lawns, as well as an unusual fountain in the center. Family's can experience an enjoyable day any time of the year in Dupont Circle.
The Smithsonian Institute
The Smithsonian Institute offers a series of incomparable museums that provide unique and fascinating objects in a variety of categories such as art, science and space exploration. Families can obtain maps at the welcome building that include information specific to each museum. This way, visitors can decide on the museums in which they are most interested, as there are far too many to see in merely a day.
Three Houses of Government
A family trip to Washington D.C.
would not be complete without taking a day to explore the U.S. Capitol Building, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the White House. Some tours can be scheduled in advance, while others offer same day participation. Commemorative programs and souvenirs may also be purchased at the end of each tour, some of which are priced quite reasonably.
Georgetown is the capital’s waterfront district and is not only rich in history, but brimming with contemporary events as well. Excellent shopping opportunities can be found in this district, as well as restaurants of virtually every ethnic variety. Historical tours run daily throughout the year as well.
Great Falls Park
Families that enjoy a day in the fabulous outdoors will not want to miss a trip to Great Falls Park. The 800 acres of beautifully landscaped surroundings await families who want to picnic by the banks of the magnificent Potomac River. Because Great Falls Park is located very close to the center of the city, it is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The C and O Canal
For additional outdoor recreation, a family may wish to experience the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, which has an intriguing history dating back to 1700s. Beginning in Georgetown, this outstanding attraction stretches over 13 miles to the previously mentioned Great Falls Park area.
Any time of year is appropriate for a Washington DC vacation, but the holiday season and Springtime are two of the best times to visit the city. Anyone planning a trip to Washington will likely remember their experience for many years to come.
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