One of my favorite places has more than 100 museums which are free to visit. It reminds me of what we have accomplished as a nation and some things we need to do better. It is one of the most powerful cities on the planet but it is still open to visitors.
It can majestic, beautiful and inspiring. It can be scary, unfriendly and confusing. Washington DC is lots of things to lots of people.
According to Fodor, don’t rent a car or grab a taxi. The travel site suggests you use public transit, like the Metro. I am a fan of the Metro and use it whenever I am in town. But don’t get so attached to the transit system that you forget to look at a map.
One time my friends left an hour before me to get to the museum by train. My ten-minute walk across the Mall got me there when they exited the train station. It is a great city to experience on foot.
When you go make sure you plan a visit to the White House. This is something you have to do in advance, but it is worth it. There are many rules and high security, but to walk through history is the result. One year we went during Christmas which they allowed us to take our phones and take photos. It was an amazing experience.
There are lots of places to visit in this city and you will not get to most in one visit. Yet for me, the historical points keep me coming back. A visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl or to walk through the campus of Howard University inspires me.
For me, DC is like a good book with chapter after chapter. It never ends. There is always something more interesting to see.