Are you going to Washington D.C and want to live a different experience? Then you cannot miss its 10 must-sees for lovers of history, art and culture!
1) The Capitol of the United States
Monument, office, symbol, and architectural jewel, the Capitol is one of the most famous sites in Washington and an essential visit to understand American politics. It is home to the two chambers of the United States Congress and is located on top of Capitol Hill, at the east end of the National Mall. To know it, it is possible to take a guided tour that passes through its most iconic sites, such as the crypt, the roundabout, and the National Statuary Hall. Don’t miss the Exhibition Hall exhibitions! The entrance to the Visitor Center is free and is open from Monday to Saturday.
2) The National Mall
This is the heart of Washington DC, with most of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums clustered along the two-mile stretch of the Esplanade, not to mention all of its monuments and memorials. From the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, it’s worth seeing everything. The Mall welcomes some 24 million visitors every year, so you should arrive early to avoid crowds.
3) The Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington houses the graves of deceased men and women in all the American wars, ranging from the American Civil War to the present. There are two essential visits: the ceremony of changing the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is held every 30 minutes, and the eternal flame at the tomb of John F. Kennedy, where you will also find the best views of the cemetery.
4) The National Cathedral of Washington
It is practically a unique building in the United States. It is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and offers a lot of things to all visitors. See the impressive stained glass windows, take a guided tour, listen to the choir in Evensong or stroll through the gardens. When you’re here, charge your batteries at Open City, the magnificent cathedral cafeteria.
5) The Kennedy Center
Only a 20-minute walk from the Lincoln Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is one of the best places in DC to see a show. There are performances on the Millennium stage every day at 6:00 p.m. and they are all free. From improvisational theater to ska bands, who knows what can be found? The building is a show in itself, enjoy a moment on the terrace of the Art Deco restaurant located on the roof.
6) The Library of Congress
The largest library in the United States not only offers millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts, but attractive exhibitions and amazing architecture. Suffice it to say that it has 24 million books, 70 million manuscripts, 14 million photos and 8 million scores. It is housed in three buildings that contain exhibitions dedicated to multiple themes, from history to music. Free guided tours are also offered, some of them special for families with children between 6 and 14 years old. A must-see for lovers of books!
7) The National Museum of Air and Space
To discover the mysteries of space and the world of aviation, nothing like this museum created to educate and inspire through the exhibition of aeronautical and space artifacts. Belonging to the Smithsonian Institute, it contains one of the world’s largest collections of aircraft and spacecraft, with more than 60,000 objects, ranging from rockets and moonstones to microchips. It has 22 galleries with exhibitions such as Golden Age of Flight, dedicated to aviation in the interwar period. How Things Fly, which explains the basic principles of flight. Apollo to the Moon, which tells the story of the arrival to the moon and he Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age, which deals with the invention of airplanes. It is also worth visiting the planetarium and the IMAX cinema.
8) The National Museum of American History
As the capital of the USA, DC has a lot of places of cultural interest, as you can imagine. In a city full of museums, the Smithsonian Institute’s network of museums prevails as a must-see. The Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers and a zoo in the Washington DC area, and all of them are free. Many of them are conveniently located on the National Mall, including the National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian. Visit the most recent addition, the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, which marked the first new Smithsonian in more than a decade.
9) The White House
You have to visit the most famous address in the world while you’re here! If you would like to take a look at the presidential residence, you will have to submit an application at your embassy in Washington DC. Not everyone gets it, we’re sorry. But even if you’re not one of the lucky ones, you’ll still want to get off the bus and get some selfies in this iconic building.
Walking through Georgetown, it may seem that you have traveled back in time. With its cobblestone streets and 18th-century buildings, it is a beautiful part of Washington DC that has nothing to do with the rest of the city. There is much to see and do, with a good shopping route in the luxury shops, great views of the harbor and elegant dinners in the restaurants and bars.