To see Washington in one day was a challenging undertaking. How convenient that pretty much all important Washington sights are gathered at one central point: At the mall (no, this is not a shopping mall) there are important government buildings, numerous museums of the Smithsonian Institution like the Museum of Natural History, The Capitol, the White House or the Washington Monument. But be aware: the mall is quite long and if you want to see the really huge museums from the inside, then comfortable sneakers are definitely recommended!
What to do in Washington DC: A trip through history.
The most impressive thing to me, was the fact that history is being made in Washington DC. You’ll see the huge buildings like the Capitol and you’ll reminded immediately of the importance of the politics that are being made here.
Best Things to do in Washington DC in only one day
To see Washington DC in one day is quite manageable. As the most important sights are located along the Mall, it’s easy for orientation. Although it can be a bit to walk! If you want to see more and walk less, I’d recommend to take one of the Hop-On-Hop-Off buses in Washington DC, that will make your visit much easier!
#1 The White House
Probably one of the most important buildings in Washington DC: The White House, residence of the President of the United States. I have to admit, I imagined it would be much bigger!
#2 The Washington Monument
A piece of very unusual architecture! The obelisk of the Washington Monument is located in the middle of the Mall on a small hill. From here, you have the perfect view to the Capitol and to the Mall in general. And on sunny days (and with a wide-angle lens) you get surreal photos like this one.
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#3 Lincoln Memorial
It’s quite unusual to see a place like Washington DC with your own eyes. Suddenly places you’ve only known from the news become real! At the Mall in Washington DC, you’ll find several buildings that will seem familiar!
#4 The Capitol
I could only admire the Capitol, the seat of the Congress of the USA, from a distance, as time was too short. One day is definitely quite little for a city like Washington DC. In hindsight, I would have preferred to take a little more time for the Capitol and joined one of the guided tours there. Tours through the Capitol have to be booked in advance.
#5 Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Budget tip! Most of the public museums are free of charge in Washington DC! I couldn’t visit them all, so I opted for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Not only is it an interesting museum if you are visiting with kids, even me as adult was amazed by the extensive exhibitions!
Of course there is much more to discover in Washington DC – but a walk through the mall covers the basics like the White House, the Washington Monument and the Capitol and gives a good overview of the center of power in the USA. And you can spend hours in each of the museums along the mall. But if you don’t have much time, it’s best to choose one or two museums according to your own interests. In any case, a visit is always worth it – simply because admission to all museums is free!
Bist Du auf den Geschmack gekommen? Dann lege doch einfach bei Deiner nächsten USA-Reise einen Zwischenstopp in Washington DC ein.
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