In this series of our american trips, we're hosting Obama in Washington DC for three days, though he canceled our appointment because of the Obama intensity, but we still haven't been able to visit the city 🙂
Washington DC (District of Columbia), as you know, is the capital of the United States and not in Washington state. You need at least two days to visit this city on the banks of the Potomac River in the south of New York.
Almost all attractions are called the National Mall (not a shopping mall); Around a greenery that stretches along the Potomac river and spread over an area of 5-8 km2, I think. Click on the map below and see it in more detail.
Assuming we're starting to walk from west to east, we'll see places to visit in turn:
1) Lincoln Memorial, monuments to vietnam and korean war to his right and left. You can tell how many soldiers died in Vietnam, names written on the wall and the thickness of the registry. Turkey has its name at korean war memorial
2) You reach the World War II monument with a nice walk from the side of Reflecting Pool. Views of the lake and river can be seen on your right (north)
3) Washington Monument: There's a long-term renovation that looks like an earthquake, a pier's all over it. It's a pretty big obelisk.
4) If you continue upright north, you can see the front of the White House just behind the Ellipse garden The main building stays quite far away. If you go around and look at the back, you'll have a much closer White House experience. Unfortunately, for public tours, you must book from your member of congress or the embassy in your country 6 months in advance.
5) On the same axis as the White House and south of washintgon monument there is a Jewish Holocaust Museum (US Holocaust Memorial Museum). As someone who has even visited camps in Germany, I see the museum as one of the most successful. It starts from the top floor and kicks you off the story of Hitler coming to power and leads you to the courts of Nuremberg at the bottom. Videos, stories are as pathetic as ever, but real surprises await you this time.
6) When you continue to walk further east, you will see about 20 Smithsonian Museums to the right and left of the green area. You can find your direction with signs. Access to these museums is free. If you try to go all over and you're interested in art, I think it'll take you a week. I chose the Air & Space Museum. Museum list: African American History and Culture Museum, African Art Museum, Air and Space Museum, Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, American Art Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Anacostia Community Museum, Arts and Industries Building, Freer Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Zoo, Natural History Museum, Portrait Gallery, Postal Museum, Renwick Gallery, Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Building The Castle
7) Further more, you will arrive at the U.S. Capitol, the capitol of the United States. You can climb the stairs you remember from most movies and walk through it, i'm afraid I didn't catch the clock, but I took pictures of you at night.
8) The Library of Congress – Library of Congress must be visited behind the Us Capitol building. Unfortunately, I could not catch the clock again, but it is especially recommended to be visited.
In addition, you may be interested in spy museum tickets until 17:00 (in the corner of 7th Str and F Str). You'll find plenty of Bond references, along with the stories of world agents and the history of the devices used. 7th Str is a lively shopping and restaurant street in the center of Washington DC. In fact, heading north of the National Mall area, 17th, 18th and 7th streets are quite rich as restaurants, I think.
Also, make sure to go to Georgetown, the riverside venue where the subway doesn't go but you can reach it with a little walk. It's a fun and shopping place with its structure, riverside walkway, shops and crowds resembling an old town.
Another choice for shopping may be the Leesburg Premium Outlet. The outlet, where you can take a shuttle or a rental car, is 40 minutes from DC and 15-20 minutes from Dulles Airport. Like the Premium Outlet chain in many parts of the US, you can find really cheap sales of almost every store here, such as Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West, Michael Kors, Burberry, Nike, Reebok, Timberland, Columbia, Samsonite etc.
Other than that, There's george washinton's house in Mount Vernon, but i couldn't visit this 40-minute spot because i had enough time. When I looked at Trip Advisor again, I saw that there was a botanical park that spread to a large area called the United States National Arboretum, someoutside the city.
You have to walk long distances in DC. Those who don't want to walk hop on-off Sightseeing buses can buy daily or 2-day tickets and travel faster and more efficiently. An alternative is red bikes that are rented with the central system almost all over the city. You can also tour with Segway. Renting cars from the airport is also an option, but in DC, daily parking prices are around $20. Parking lots on 17th Str on weekends get discounts.
I stayed next to my relatives but nice points for the hotel, location and price can be tried in Ledroit Park.