Washington D.C. is a history buff’s delight. If you are looking to spend a day in museums and historical monuments, Washington is a must tick on your travel list. Washington D.C., the capital of the U.S., is possibly one of the most important cities in the world. If you expect it to be a concrete jungle teeming with chaos and people, here is the big surprise! The first things that greet you are well-planned roads, tree-lined avenues and the laid back atmosphere. The city is an architectural marvel with stunningly beautiful masterpieces jostling for your attention.
WHEN PLANNING A TRIP…
You will need at least two days to cover the “must see” places in Washington D.C. Browse online and draw-up a broad list of places. Since the U.S. National Park Service manages most of the historical monuments and memorials, check for national holidays. If you are a large family or travelling on a budget, look for hotel deals online. Most hotels accommodate up to 4 people in a suite.
THE MUST SEES..
The Smithsonian Museums
Your visit to D.C. is incomplete without a visit to The Smithsonian. Considered to be one of the largest museums in the world, The Smithsonian has 19 museums covering natural history, air and space, art, design, architecture and sculpture. If you are travelling with children, don’t miss the National Air and Space Museum. Whether you are a fan of Amelia Earhart, Wright Brothers or the first Moon landing, the museum has its fill of historical treasures and is an exhilarating experience for kids and adults alike. While entry is free, there are fees for shows at the I-MAX theatre/ planetarium.
Make the Most…
If you are a museum enthusiast and would like to cover all 19 galleries, keep at least a day in hand. Most museums are open between 8.30 am-5.30 pm. Before you start doing the museum rounds, visit ‘The Castle’ – the administrative building of The Smithsonian. ‘The Castle’ chronicles the history of the museum and also has a bookstore/café. Catch a show at I-MAX or the planetarium. It is an audio-visual treat.
If you are in D.C. for a couple of days, slow down the sightseeing pace and enjoy the city’s beauty. Plan a drive at night for a fabulous view of the lit-up monuments. Add Mount Vernon, the birthplace of George Washington, Wharf, the Pentagon, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Georgetown for fabulous dining and shopping, JFK Centre for Performing Arts, the National Archives, the Woodrow Wilson House, the Shakespearean Company and the Spy Museum to your itinerary. Get ready to soak up some history.