Recently, a friend of mine and I took an end of the summer trip to Washington D.C. and New York City (post to come soon!). Neither of us had been to the USA capital before, and with one full day, one evening, and one morning I was determined to make the most of our time in D.C. Here is some info on where we slept, how we got around, and where we explored – and where you should too!
Since we weren’t planning on spending much time in our room – too much to see, too much to do!, we decided to book two hostel bunks for two nights. Duo Housing is a great option if you are looking for a central, economical, friendly, and clean place to stay! The hostel staff were super helpful in suggesting the best ways to get around town and where to eat. They even provided complementary pancakes and coffee every morning, bonus! We booked our bunks on Hostelworld, but you can find their direct website here.
Four words; Bring Your Walking Shoes. I’m not kidding, pack some tennis shoes people you’ll thank me! While D.C. has a great public transportation system, a lot of the things you will be seeing (monuments, museums, etc.) are more easily accessible by walking. That being said, we found ourselves taking the bus a few times to places that were a bit further away (Capital Hill, Georgetown). At a dollar a ride you can’t go wrong!
You can’t go to D.C. without seeing these amazing structures. Each one representing an aspect of our nation’s history, it is quite humbling to see them in person. My favorites were the World War I memorial, the Vietnam memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial of course.
I love museums, so I was super excited to explore the many throughout D.C.! The Smithsonian Institute is comprised of numerous museums, exhibitions, and even a Zoo. I suggest you start here for your museum fix, as there are many to keep you occupied – plus all of them are free to visit! Since we had a limited amount of time, my friend and I decided to explore the Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. While both were amazing, the Air and Space Museum was our favorite!
A visit to Washington D.C. isn’t complete without seeing a few more things…A visit to the White House is a must. My friend and I decided to pass on booking a tour to go inside, mostly due to time and budget reasons, but I’ve heard great things from those that have toured it. Also, the National Archives Building (where you see the Declaration of Independence/Constitution), Capitol Hill, and the Library of Congress (National Treasure moment anyone??) are a few more must-sees!
Over to you! What are some of your favorite things to see and do in Washington D.C.?