You can’t go all the way to the Capital without saying hi to the President at The White House. You can choose to pay for a tour of the grounds and house or simply take a photo from the gates. Normally, as it is a main tourist attraction, there’s quite a lot going on nearby. You can join a segway tour or stop by the local street art sellers.
An absolute must-do has got to be visiting the National Museum of Natural History, otherwise known as the movie set of Night at the Museum. As you make your way round the giant venue, you will recognise the artifacts that inspired or were actually used in the film.
If you’re looking for an unlimited supply of cultural things to do, Washington DC has to be the the number one choice. The best part is that a lot of the museums and memorials are free to visit.
One of the perks of exploring the Nation’s capital and all of its free hotspots is that walking is really the best way to get around. Everything is a short distance from each other meaning that you can do a lot in one day. When you get there, get to know the grid system. The streets are lettered running east-west and the streets are numbered from north to south.
A great tip would be to see a lot of the larger memorials, like the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and Monument, by night (in a group and not on your own). This will save you some getting pushed and shoved and also quite sunburnt – it’s normally swelteringly hot in the summer months. Instead you can enjoy the lighting on these memorials make them 10 times better, meaning better photos. Being prime tourist season, it will be extremely in the day, going by night will be a lot better as you don’t need to wait for people to move before you get your turn to look.
Looking for some Mexican food that’s not going to break the bank? Try Baja Grille on 1133 20th St. NW. This locally owned restaurant serves only the freshest of foods and make everything from scratch to make sure they can be big on their flavours. They even make their own mayo to compliment their homemade flavours.
A quick lunch that is a little different from your regular Starbucks, and a lot better, go to Amsterdam Falafel located on 2425 18th Street NW. You will get the a flatbread stuffed with the best homemade falafel, tahini, yogurt sauce and vegetables all topped with hot sauce. All this tasty mess will set you back a maximum of $6 – not bad.
Ivy and Coney is a new up and coming bar that has that friendly, homey vibe as you walk through the door. It’s pretty simple in its belief – that is an ice cold beer, a shot and a hotdog can cure everything. That’s the kind of bar we want to be in!
Nellie’s Sports Bar is another great but cheap bar to head to after a long day of sight seeing. It’s doesn’t matter when you plan to visit as they have something going on every single night. They have Karaoke, Quizzes, Challenges, Themes, Poker and Guest DJs. The food is your typical Burgers and Tacos but it’s cheap and there’s lots of it. A brilliant night out.