If you count the most important capital cities of the world, Washington D.C could not be counted off the list. It is not as large as some other capital cities, however it is the main city of one of the most powerful countries in the world. DC itself is an attraction for tourists due to its extended and versatile go-to places.
If you make a Washington Tour from New York by bus, or if you travel on your own, take a subway and head to visit this list with the best things to do and places to visit in Washington and make your stay in DC worthwhile. Let’s start this journey!
1. WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
The church and state are usually separated by the U.S government, that’s why there is a formal national cathedral in the state which is also considered as the nation’s spiritual home. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, also known as the Washington National Cathedral, is the sixth-largest cathedral of the world and is based on Neo-Gothic architecture. Since it is one of the main religious places in DC, the Funerals of Presidents Reagan, Eisenhower and Ford, were held there.
The cathedral’s worship services are free; however, there is an admission charge to visit other areas of the church.
2. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
If you love going to libraries then you should visit the Washington DC’s Library of Congress since it is the biggest library in the contemporary world and the one that keeps more information about the nation.
It was founded in 1800 and had some humble beginnings. In its starting year, it had the early documents for the United States and for nearly 100 years it was used as a reference library for Congress. However, nowadays it has around 158 million items, including 36 million books, written in 460 different languages; it also has 69 million manuscripts. It is open for the public and is considered to be a paradise for the book lovers and history lovers, besides the books that are rare in the history of North America can be found there.
The Washington DC’s Library of Congress is a mandatory stop on your next one day trip to DC from New York.
3. GEORGETOWN NEIGHBORHOOD
This town is historical and was established even before the U.S government established Washington, D.C. as the capital city of the Nation. It is one of the trendiest places to live in the United States of America since it is full of old stone houses and is close to the top university.
Some historical characters, such as Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and the famous writer Francis Scott Key, used to live there and made the place a must-go.
4. NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
You don’t have to be a kid to be amazed at the National Air and Space Museum since it exhibits pieces such as the 1903 Wright Flyer to Apollo 11 moon landing, which will also excite adults and entire families. The museum has too much to offer and, amazingly, the basic museum entrance is free, you only may pay for specific activities or to visit some areas of the place.
5. JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
Thomas Jefferson, who was the third US President, has got a lot of history in Washington, D.C making the Jefferson Memorial another important go-to place in the city. In fact, this memorial could be one of the places that you can visit on your Washington DC day trip from NYC, to get a bit of flavour of politics and American history. Also, if you visit at the right time, you can participate in Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival which is hosted by this memorial.
6. LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America who deserved great respect for all of his work and achievements, thus his memorial is another great place to visit in Washington D.C. Besides, it holds another important element which is that it is the same place where Martin Luther King Jr. had his famous speech.
The memorial is open 24 hours a day, with National Park rangers on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
7. WASHINGTON MONUMENT
If I can name the best-known obelisks here on earth, the list couldn’t be completed without the Washington Monument being listed in it. This is a monument to the military achievement of George Washington during the Revolutionary War. It can get you the stunning top view of the entire city, but that part of the monument is not accessible for 24 hours, in fact it is open only in the daytime.
8. UNITED STATES CAPITOL
The United States Capitol is the place where Congress meets and holds the sessions of the House of Representatives as well as sessions of the Senate. It was one of the first buildings constructed by the fledgling U.S. government following the Revolutionary War, which makes it one of the most important buildings in the USA.
Visitors need passes to visit The Capitol, although they are free but are required to be collected from the Congressmen’s Office. At the same time, you can get tickets to tour the Capitol building or to have guided tours to see the legislators in action.
9. WHITE HOUSE
Who in the world would be unaware of the White House? The home of the President of the US is considered to be the symbol of the United States of America to the entire world. Good enough reason to visit it during a day trip to Washington from NYC.
This place holds a number of formal meetings of foreign leaders and other such important personalities of the world. However, the registration to visit this place should be done 6 months prior to your visit through the Congressman’s Office.
10. NATIONAL MALL
Visitors to Washington, D.C., won’t want to miss a stroll on the National Mall, a greenway that will take them past many of the capital’s important sites.
Located downtown, the National Mall stretches on the west from the US Capitol building to the Potomac River and on the east from the Jefferson Memorial to Constitution Avenue. Across the streets from the mall, but still considered part of it, are a variety of Smithsonian museums and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. To the east, nearby attractions are memorials to Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and James Garfield, but also the Reflecting Pool. With about 24 million visitors a year, it is the top tourist attraction in Washington that you may not miss.
These are some of the most important and attractive places that tourists, from all around the world, can visit while they are in Washington, D.C., even during a tour from NYC or traveling by themselves. These 10 places are the perfect blend of enjoying your time along with exploring the historical, cultural and political backgrounds of the United States of America.