Home of iconic monuments and vast museums, Washington D.C. is a must-visit if you’ve any interest in American politics.
Here in the US capital, you could spend literally days exploring its many fascinating and enormously important sites. This includes the Library of Congress, the Senate and House of Representatives, the US Supreme Court and the Capitol Rotunda. A tour is a great way to learn more about how the political wheels of power turn here.
There’s also a surprising number of free things to do in Washington. Check out famous memorials to Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr., and set eyes on the actual Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.
You’ll need to set aside at least a day if not a whole week to explore the vast Smithsonian Museums. There are lots to choose from at the world’s largest museum complex, including the African American Museum, Air and Space Museum, American Art Museum and American Indian Museum. And of course, there’s the National Zoo and Natural History Museum.
But there’s more to Washington than just politics and history. It has a thriving food scene, with new places to eat opening all the time. It was even named food city of the year by Bon Appetit, boasting diverse and even Michelin-starred restaurants.
Interestingly, Washington has a large Ethiopian population, so it’s one of the best places in the world (except Ethiopia of course) to sample authentic Ethiopian dishes. It’s also home to several local distilleries, so why not take a tour of the Atlas Brew Works or Republic Restoratives?
And to top it all off, the city’s brunch game is seriously strong.
If you’re looking for the ideal time to visit the city, choose spring. This is when Washington is at its prettiest, with sunny days and blue skies softening the hard lines of its neoclassical government buildings. There’s also the month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of music, art and film.
Plan your trip to Washington today!