Washington DC is the capital of the United States and the heart of our government. You will find much history in the area and getting around on foot or via many of the tours is highly recommended as driving can be difficult with road closings, one way streets and a lack of readily available parking.
Washington is divided up into many districts and you’ll find that each of them has their own ‘theme’ whether that’s sightseeing, government buildings, museums or nightlife and dining. You’ll find plenty to do when you visit Washington, enough to fill your itinerary for several days visiting all the various districts and taking in all that Washington has to offer. Be particularly aware that many buildings will require security checks and some do not allow filming, photography or recording of any type so you will want to check on these before setting your itinerary every day!
The most famous museum area in Washington is the Penn Quarter where you’ll find the Smithsonian which is comprised of nineteen different museums and 9 research centers plus the National Zoo all of which offer free admission. You can see art & design, history & culture, by visiting the American Art Museum, American Indian Museum, Anacostia Community Museum, National Design Museum, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Natural History Museum, the Portrait Gallery and so much more. Here you’ll find the past, the present and the future all displayed for your enjoyment.
You won’t want to miss the Smithsonian National Zoological Park where you’ll find everything you can possibly imagine in one area! Learn about wildlife in their native habitats, participate in many of the activities, enjoy a quiet meal or enjoy the giant pandas, the small mammals and other breathtaking exhibits while you’re there! Outdoor lovers will also enjoy Rock Creek Park where you can find horseback riding, hiking, golfing, picnicking and tennis among other activities. More than enough to keep the entire family entertained for a full day.
Washington with it’s diverse neighborhoods offers a wealth of eateries ranging from casual lunch stops to elegant dining experiences. Whether you’re looking for a budget conscious meal or a special night out, you’ll find a variety of restaurants offering all types of cuisine from your basic bowl of chili to elegant Caribbean cuisine, French cuisine and even authentic Ethiopian cuisine at Dukem, Etete or Lalibela. Ethiopian restaurants offer a blend of great cuisine, indoor or outdoor seating and interesting drinks including honey wine.
There are as many night life spots in Washington as there are museums! You can choose from bars, cafes, lounges or clubs that offer disc jockeys, seventies music, cultural music, European atmospheres, jazz bands and so much more. Plan your evenings carefully and participate in all of the wonderful opportunities that await you in Washington.