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Visiting Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the United States since its formation in 1790, Washington D.C. is packed with landmarks, monuments and museums, making it a sightseer’s delight.

Many of the district’s most important sites are centered around the National Mall. Here you’ll find the soaring 555 foot tall Washington Monument, along with the stately Lincoln Memorial. Memorials to WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are also found on the mall.

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 free-admission museums are also located on the mall. Visitor favorites include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the ever-crowded Smithsonian National... Read More
The capital city of the United States since its formation in 1790, Washington D.C. is packed with landmarks, monuments and museums, making it a sightseer’s delight.

Many of the district’s most important sites are centered around the National Mall. Here you’ll find the soaring 555 foot tall Washington Monument, along with the stately Lincoln Memorial. Memorials to WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are also found on the mall.

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 free-admission museums are also located on the mall. Visitor favorites include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the ever-crowded Smithsonian National AIr and Space Museum, home to the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Also popular is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a stirring reminder of the past, and a beacon of hope for the future.

So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Washington, D.C.    Close

Stories and Tips Washington, D.C.

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Arlington National Cemetery

Written by zabelle on 24 Jun, 2006

Getting to Arlington couldn’t be easier. We actually went in a cab on the way there and then bought a day pass on the metro and took the metro back to Dupont Circle. It involved one change at metro Center from the Blue line to…Read More


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Week 38 - A Vivid Imagination!

Written by Shady Ady on 23 Jun, 2006

Well, finally after 3 years of work, and god knows how long spent writing my thesis, I have finally gained my Masters degree, passing with a Merit. I was a little disappointed with this, especially my thesis mark, which was the lowest in all my…Read More


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Circulator Bus in Washington DC

Written by JulieHolm on 29 Aug, 2005

The District of Columbia has recently instituted a new bus, called the "Circulator" as a transport option in Washington, DC. This bus is a convenient and inexpensive way to get close to some of the most popular spots in the city, and it may well…Read More


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How to use the metro

Written by JulieHolm on 04 Apr, 2003

If you ave visiting Washington, DC, your best transport option, at least when in town, will be the subway system, or metro. This journal entry is about how to use the metro. Metro stations are identified by a tall square column at the entrance (usually…Read More


Metro system

Written by SMozingo on 15 Feb, 2002

WOW! How easy could it be to navigate a major US city? Simply pick up a Metro Pocket Guide at the first stop and follow the legend. The five lines are all color-coded and there is a key for all "Points of…Read More


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The National Book Festival

Written by Idler on 19 Apr, 2005

George W. Bush has done exactly two things in office that this lifelong Democrat approves of: letting government employees keep their frequent flyer miles and starting the National Book Festival. Actually, I should give credit where credit is due: Laura Bush, our unofficial…Read More


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The First Americans Festival

Written by Idler on 18 Apr, 2005

For openings of major museums and monuments, such as last year’s Memorial Day dedication of the World War II Memorial, Washington pulls out all the stops. This was the case again last September, when the long-anticipated National Museum of the American Indian opened.…Read More


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The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Written by Idler on 18 Apr, 2005

The quintessential Cherry Blossom Festival events consist of a parade down Constitution Avenue and the classic stroll around the Tidal Basin at peak blossom time, but there’s a great deal more than this to the two-week-long festival, which begins in March and continues well into…Read More


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The Smithsonian Kite Festival

Written by Idler on 18 Apr, 2005

I’d always meant to spend a day at the Smithsonian Kite Festival, which is held each spring at the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and this year I finally managed to. We’d driven by the Mall in previous years when the…Read More


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Sakura Matsuri, the Japanese Street Festival

Written by Idler on 18 Apr, 2005

Even though sakura means "cherry blossom" and matsuri means festival, there’s scarcely a cherry blossom in sight for this jam-packed, blockbuster street festival held "inland" (off the Mall and away from the Tidal Basin) between 12th and Pennsylvania, NW. While the Sakura…Read More


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