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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.