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Five Things To Do In Washington D.C.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

Washington D.C. is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen; it’s full of so much incredible American culture and history, it’s home to some beautiful buildings and it’s definitely a place you need to visit one day.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit D.C. twice now and even though I haven’t been for a few years, it still holds a special place in my heart. I have family in Virginia and as it’s only a couple hours drive away from their house, we visited each time I was over there and it was absolutely bloody brilliant.

Here’s a list of things to do in Washington D.C. if you ever find yourself there.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

Washington D.C. seemed so incredibly vast to me, yet we managed to walk around everywhere with ease. The streets were beautiful and so picturesque; I could have taken pictures all day long of the gorgeous building-lined streets.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

The White House

I’ll start with probably the most obvious thing to see in D.C.; the White House. Thankfully both times I visited, it was home to the Obamas and it was so cool to see the famous Presidential house. You can’t get too close to it (hence the terrible quality of this picture – it’s zoomed in) but you can thoroughly enjoy the stunning grounds surrounding it. We visited in the summer so naturally it was heaving with tourists but most people were very friendly and were happy to wait their turn to make their way to the gates where you could peep through and have a look at Obama chilling.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

Lincoln Memorial

This memorial statue was way bigger than I expected it to be and it’s so incredibly impressive. Again, this area was pretty heaving with tourists but it’s still worth fighting your way through to get a snap of the big guy. It’s made from gorgeous white marble and it’s in such immaculate condition. The building itself that houses the Lincoln statue is also mega cool and it’s one of the things that you’ll regularly see crop up in pictures of Washington D.C.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

Things To Do In Washington D.C

National World War II Memorial

I think this actually might be my favourite thing that I saw in D.C. because it just feels so damn magical and special. It’s essentially a huge fountain surrounded by large pillars of all the states in America. It looked truly beautiful in the sun and we all took pictures underneath each state we’d visited. It’s a really beautiful memorial and such a lovely way to remember those who fought and died in the war; you definitely need to see it if you’re ever in D.C.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is a pillar of history in D.C that was built to commemorate the first President of America. It resides along the National Mall, along with the WW2 Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. We didn’t actually go all the way up to the statue; personally I think it’s better admired from afar so you can truly see it in all its glory. The monument is surrounded by a plethora of American flags and it’s a great thing to see while in Washington D.C.

Things To Do In Washington D.C

National Museum of Natural History

This particular Smithsonian musuem is absolutely bloody fab. We didn’t spend too much time here as we were only in the city for a few hours and we wanted to cram as much as possible in but what we did see of it was awesome. It’s home to so many different collections and over 126 million species of plants, animals, fossils, human remains and plenty of other cultural artefacts.

There are so many other incredible things to do in Washington D.C. and so many things I wish I could have done; at least I have an excuse to head back one day!

Things To Do In Washington D.C

Here’s all the other things you should consider doing in Washington D.C.

  • United States Capitol
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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Have you ever been to Washington D.C.? Would you like to go one day? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 29th April 2018 / 10:37 am

    I would absolutely love to visit the Smithsonian Museum, it sounds absolutely amazing! I think I’d probably need a whole day to take it in properly, so I can understand why you had such a flying visit with so many other exciting things to see as well! The Lincoln Memorial sounds like a must visit, I imagine that it is quite awe-inspiring! I always love reading about what you’ve been up to on your American trips in the past, so keep these travel guides coming!

    Abbey xx

  2. Rachel Wuest
    1st May 2018 / 10:42 am

    I loved DC! I went in September and there is so much to do and see. I’m a nature nerd so my favorite was definitely the Natural History Museum. My other favorites were riding bikes at the Mall at night and the Holocaust Museum.

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

    • chloedickenson
      1st May 2018 / 1:17 pm

      Ooh that sounds so good! I would love to go back one day! X

  3. 2nd May 2018 / 10:18 am

    DC is a place that I have wanted to visit for so long. It sounds like you’ve done some really cool things when you have been in the past! The White House is definitely something I’d love to see, however probably a little less now Obama has gone ha! I love these types of posts written by you Chloe I can’t wait to read more of this content!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      2nd May 2018 / 10:21 am

      Ah thank you so much lovely! Xx

  4. Giana Spiteri
    2nd May 2018 / 10:17 pm

    I was actually meant to do a semester in Washington but opted for Florida in the end! It does look like an interesting place to make a stop at either way! x


    • chloedickenson
      10th May 2018 / 7:28 am

      I’m sure you’ll do it at some point Gi, but Florida also looks bloody amazing! Xx

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