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Top Ten Reasons to Visit Washington, DC


Top Ten Reasons to Visit Washington, DC

Arlington National Cemetery

Karen Hart

Washington, DC is the center of politics in the United States and home to national heroes who keep the torch of freedom burning brightly. The combination of the two make Washington, DC a fascinating place for tourists. DC offers visitors wonderful historical sights that will both inspire and educate; great shopping; exceptional dining experiences and more. But if you need a reason to visit Washington, DC, consider these:

  • Cherry Blossoms –The Cherry Blossoms are a must see if you are planning on visiting Washington, DC in March or April. Those beautiful pink and white petals are both delicate and temproal, but while they are here D.C. fetes them with a National Cherry Blossom Festival that the whole city embraces with cherry blossom themed cuisine, drinks, events and spa packages.

  • Free Museums – The Smithsonian Museums offer visitors 16 opportunities to see 16 free museums in Washington, DC. From the National Zoo to the National Museum of American History to the Air and Space Museum, there are plenty of free sights filled with history, excitement and fun that the whole family will enjoy.

  • See Government in Action. The White House, The U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court are the perfect place to see the U.S. Government at work. To tour the White House requires some planning, but the U.S Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court are relatively easy to tour and you can often get seats in the gallery to listen to Senators and House Members speak on the floor or from October to April, you can hear the Supreme Court listen to arguments.

  • U.S. Monuments & Memorial Tours. The U.S. monuments and memorials pay tribute to the heroes of the American story and offer visitors a unique glimpse at the defenders of freedom. And again, these sights are free so it is easy on the budget.

  • Free Performances at JFK Performing Arts Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a wonderful program called the Millennium Stage which offers visitors the opportunity to see a live performance for free. These performances happen at 6 p.m. each night. Be sure to check the schedule for upcoming performances.

  • Georgetown. Georgetown is a great place to go shopping, eat, drink and be merry. From Georgetown Cupcake and the C&O Canal to the many spas and boutiques that dot the streets, Georgetown offers visitors a wonderful experience.

  • The U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Star Spangle Banner. The National Museum of American History and the National Archives offers visitors the opportunity to see the documents that made America the land of the free and the flag from the battle that inspired the U.S. National Anthem.

  • Bike to Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon Bike Trail is a great way to see the sights and get some exercise. From Theodore Roosevelt Island all the way to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, for which the trail is named, bicycle enthusiasts will enjoy this experience.

  • July 4th Celebration. No one does the Fourth of July like Washington, DC. From the firework celebration on the National Mall to the Capitol Fourth Concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this is the place to be to say happy birthday to America.

  • Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery is the hallowed ground where service members of the U.S. military are laid to rest. The cemetery has become the final resting place for more than 250,000 men and women who faithfully served their country. This is a wonderful place to visit and honor these brave members of the Armed Forces.
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