Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Awesome Attractions in Washington DC

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Washington, DC, is one of the best cities in America to check out. The capital of the country has a lot to offer the average visitor. From the Smithsonian to the White House, the range of activities, sights, and sounds is vast according to ifonly.com. Here are some of the most impressive attractions in the city of Washington.  


Learn About the National Mall

The city of DC is famous for the National Mall as well as the Washington Memorial Parks. These are filled with monuments and attractions. You can walk up to the Lincoln Memorial and the memorial for the Vietnam War for free. In addition to this, most people don’t know that there are free tours of the mall and parks offered by the Park Service. All you have to do is go up to a park ranger and ask them about a tour. They will take you on a long and very informative one if the schedule is right. You can tour on foot or take a bike tour instead.

Explore the Smithsonian

Free museums are everywhere in Washington DC. In fact, one of the most famous sets of museums belongs to the Smithsonian Institution. A common mistake is thinking that this is a single museum. There are in fact seventeen in the metropolitan area, all of which are free to everyone. The Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum are two very famous examples, both of which are in the National Mall. Many others are spread across the city, along with a few right outside the metro area.

Go Play Drums at Meridian Hill Park

This might not be on your tour books. The drum circle of Meridian Hill Park is a tradition in Washington DC that has been in play for five decades. People of all ages, genders, and nationalities have been gathering at the park every Sunday of summer, bringing drums to join in the steady beating that symbolizes the millions of heartbeats that keep Washington beautiful.

Stare in Awe at the National Cathedral

After the Mall’s many attractions, the Washington National Cathedral is one of the most iconic places to see in the city. It is the site of worship for countless US presidents and memorializes many of them. You can take a paid tour of the cathedral on weekdays or tour it for free on Sundays. If you want to go here to pray or meditate, you don’t have to pay an admission fee.
Finally, you should take a walk through Rock Creek Park. It is the oldest urban expanse in the system and covers about 2000 acres of hiking and trekking paths, fields, open-air amphitheaters, tennis courts, nature centers, and many more attractions. Washington, of course, has a lot more to offer than just these sights. The best part about the city is that many of the sights are free to the public either all the time or on specific days. Take advantage of this fact to learn more about the history of the most powerful city in the free world.

44 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

I love DC, too. I have family in Bethesda, so I spent lots of time there growing up. It's so nice to visit.

Pam said...

I love DC but I haven't been in ages. I want to take my family sometimes.

Sandee said...

I've never been there, and I will probably never be. Traveling long distances isn't in the cards for us anymore.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Theresa Mahoney said...

Jason and Mariah went to Washington DC for a school trip a few years back. I was going to go with Allison for her 8th grade trip, but they cancelled it for upcoming 8th graders :( I would love to visit with the entire family some day as it was one of Jason & Mariah's favorite trips ever.

Elephant's Child said...

How lovely to learn more about a city I will probably never see for myself. Thank you.

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

I love DC. There is so much to see there. This is a bookmarker.

Vera Sweeney said...

The cathedral looks awesome. I've always loved DC. It's a great place to go with the kids.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I've always wanted to go to Washington DC. I hope I can make it there soon. There's so much to see and do!

Susan Kane said...

Our adult kids and ourselves met up in DC, had a whirl wind tour of our most desired sites to see. Have to go back.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure sounds like one wouldn't be lost for things to do. Would be neat to go indeed one day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've been twice and still not had time to see everything. Need to make another trip.

Meagan Goepferich said...

These sound like great options. My daughter would love drumming.

Amanda Love said...

It's always nice to take the kids to these attractions. They won't only have fun but it's going to be a nice learning experience as well.

The Style Traveller said...

Washington is one of my favorite places in US, may be this year i will visit it again.

Liz Mays said...

These are some awesome choices. I've always loved the museums there! I need to plan another visit.

NotaSupermom said...

The Smithsonian Museum of American History is one of my favorite places! We go frequently. Spring is the prettiest time, but fall is less busy!

Mom Knows Best said...

I love that you can get a tour for the asking. I would love a tour by bike.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Yes, a lot of activities to do and so much wonderful historical places to see in Washington D.C. Best things are free and let's enjoy it.

Mary Jane Tauyan said...

one of the places i would love to visit is DC. smithsonian is a must see for me. always see it in movies and totally imagining myself in there. love all the infos about this place so much things to do

slehan said...

I was there when the cherry trees were blooming. Spectacular!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

I have been to Washington DC a few years ago, but wasn't really able to tour much of the place. I will make sure I see these places, especially the National Cathedral when I visit my cousin in the Fall.

Donna Ashworth said...

Washington DC is on my wish list, I would love to go. Great ideas, thanks so much x

Bernadette Callahan said...

We have never been to DC. It is on our roadtrip list and hoping to get up there within the next 2 years.

Elizabeth O. said...

There's really so much that you can do in DC! These are all perfect places to take the kids to.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - I guess there's a good walking trail around the town ... but I'd love to visit the Smithsonian ... and I'm sure a walk in the park would be 'a must' ... cheers and it is nearly cherry blossom time isn't it - Hilary

Toni | Boulder Locavore said...

Awesome list! My family will surely enjoy a weekend in Washington! :D

Ann B said...

Washington DC is one of the places on my list I can not wait to go explore. I have friends that live there and I will be visiting them for a week this summer.

Seattle Travel Blogger said...

Thanks for the good starter guide to D.C.
This would be very helpful to anyone interested in this area.

Melissa said...

I have been to D.C. a few times and am always impressed by how great a city it is to visit. I love all the museums and have so many more to see.

Colette S said...

We drove through once and I would love to visit and actually spend some time exploring.
Thanks for sharing this information.

Danielle Isom said...

I've always wanted to visit Washington DC. Besides the White House, the Smithsonian is on my list of places to visit while there.

Azlin Bloor said...

I would love to visit your capital one day! This is a fantastic list and that's a really beautiful picture!

Ingrid said...

The newly opened Museum of African American History and Culture is another awesome place to visit in DC.

Michelle Waller said...

This is a place I have been wanting to visit for awhile. There are so many awesome things to do while there.

Ai Sakura said...

I love that the museums are free!! So much culture and history to learn at a country's museums.. that's a beautiful cover pic by the way :)

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Jaredamy said...

Our family has passed through Washington DC. We have never actually stopped to tour these attractions. Maybe some day!

alissa apel said...

I've only been there once. It was really nice to walk around, and see the sites. There's so much to see!

Karlyn Bishop said...

I've never been there, what a beautiful place!

~ Noelle said...

I love DC. We took a family vacation there once. Beautiful and so much to learn

Rachel Ferrucci said...

I want to go to Washington DC so bad and see everything. I feel like I'll need a month there- I'll book mark this so I can follow

SveetesKapes said...

Oh I love DC and there is so much to see and do. The best part is the cherry blossoms that should soon be attracting all the visitors.

xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

There are so many things to do in DC. The museums alone could take all day!

Sandy Cain said...

I love DC. I used to go every Easter vacation when I was a kid - my aunt lived there. I;ve been back so many times in the years - I think my favorite is the Smithsonian!

evie said...

i lived in the dc area for over 30 yrs, this is a beautiful site. there are so many free things to do there, they do not charge for entrance to museums or the zoo like other places.