10 Things To See And Do In Washington, DC
VISITING THE USA CAPITAL | Sharon Henry
Donald Trump’s bigly promise to ‘make America great again’ will be orchestrated from here, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when the new American president moves into the White House in Washington, DC in January 2017.
Olivia Pope’s Stomping Ground
We were in the States last year when the election campaign began and followed the ensuing drama avidly, like a juicy soap opera it kept us hooked till the end.
Visiting the political epicentre that is Washington, DC (District of Columbia) was like walking around a sprawling movie set, one that features heavily in our favourite movies and TV shows – Forrest Gump, The American President, West Wing, The Fixer, Madam Secretary, House Of Cards… It was epic, after a lifetime watching this iconic city on the silver screen there was a surreal familiarity seeing it in reality.
Our Race To The White House
Approaching the White House from Lafayette Square gave us goose bumps and ambling along the reflecting pool and climbing the 87 steps to the Lincoln Memorial was especially memorable.
There are monuments and museums galore in Washington that could fill your calendar for weeks. Much of it won’t cost you a cent. The famous Smithsonian Institution provides free admission to most all of its 19 museums and the National Zoo. Many of the capital’s monuments are also free.
Most attractions are within walking distance of the National Mall, but wear comfortable shoes – it’s quite exhausting. The monuments and museums are A LOT further apart than they appear on maps!
So Many Places, So Little Time
It is impossible to fit everything in one visit so we found it best to really appreciate and savour a few chosen attractions, and spent hours for instance in the Air and Space Museum alone.
Washington is named in honour of America’s first president, George Washington and was designed by a Parisian, Pierre L’Enfant in 1791. By law, buildings cannot be higher than the width of the street they front plus an extra 20 ft, and it appears unusually flat for a city. There is a good public transport system and we used the Metro train and the bus as well as Uber to get around.
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