Hey guys! In 2015 I went to Washington D.C for an extended weekend.
**Crickets** Nothing? …tough crowd…okay.
In 2015 I went to Washington D.C for 4 days on New Years Weekend and only spent about $800 including flight and hotel.
OH. Now I got your attention?
Truthfully Washington D.C is my favorite city thus far and I’m going to share 25 reasons why you should visit. Read to the end for a super special bonus secret.
D.C has 19 (yes, 19) Smithsonian Museums. If you’ve never been, you should, because they are pretty awesome. My favorite were: Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, The National Zoo, and Renwick Gallery.
The whole time I was walking around D.C I felt like I was walking through a time machine because literally everything is so historic and significant that you really can’t help but feel total awe. National Monuments are not scarce in this city. My must-see monuments include: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
I can totally understand why not everyone would love the idea of visiting a garden during their travels but the U.S Botanic Garden is like no other. There are many rooms, each with different themes. Here is where it gets cool: there are replicas of the U.S Nations buildings made entirely of plants.
The National Mall is my dream as a budget traveller. What is the National Mall? It is a park in Washington D.C that spams about two miles starting from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S Capitol. All monuments, memorials, and museums will mostly be in this general area. The close proximity of all the attractions means everything is within walking distance and no money spent on transportation.
The National Zoo technically falls under #1-19 because it is part of the Smithsonian Institute. This zoo is located in the Woodley Park neighborhood and it’s home to thousands of animals. Their main catch is that it is home to many endangered species (including pandas!). While I’m normally against zoo’s and keeping animals locked up, I would recommend visiting this one. During the holiday season, they host “Zoo Lights” and the whole park is lit up with animal themed decorations.
A couple miles west of the National Mall is the cute town of Georgetown. Even if you are short on time, I definitely recommend stopping here. The town is home to the beautiful Georgetown University, the homes are beautiful, and there are tons of dinning options. The houses are absolutely adorable; i recommend visiting even if its just to take a stroll through the streets. The Washington Harbour Waterfront also sets up a skating rink for the winter season.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is something I had heard of many times but never had the opportunity to experience myself. If you have the time, make the effort to visit the Arlington National Cemetery and stop by the tomb. It is a great opportunity to pay your respects and also experience the dedication and attention to detail and honor for those souls whose remains were not identified.
And now for the super secret you’ve been waiting for
Ready? It’s all free. Yes, all of it. An entire city with tons of things to do and it is all free! Gardens, museums, monuments, statues, zoos. FREE.
There is absolutely no reason to skip Washington D.C. Flights are usually cheap year-round and there are hotels for every budget.
Any other gems hidden around Washington D.C that I did not include? Comment below!
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