Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hipmunk City Love: Must-See Sites in Washington, DC.

Planning a trip to our nation’s capital? You won’t want to miss these six sites.
National Mall
Image via Flickr by Kyle Rush
The National Mall is the best spot to view the monuments and memorials DC offers in one place. Known as America’s Front Yard, the Mall symbolizes our nation and its values. Stretching from the United States Capitol to the Potomac, the Mall houses several iconic buildings, including the Washington and Lincoln Memorials, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. Hotel Monaco Washington, DC is in close proximity.
Visiting the Smithsonian is a must when planning your trip to Washington, DC. A combination of 19 world-class museums, a zoo, and nine research centers, the Smithsonian offers something for everyone. The Air and Space Museum is perfect for the future astronaut or pilot in your family. Art lovers will love the American Art Museum. Historians will get lost in the American History Museum. With so many options, you may need to plan on visiting the Smithsonian more than once on your visit. Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is the perfect place to stay, at less than a mile away.
United States Botanic Garden
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is the result of George Washington’s vision to have a botanic garden in the capital city of the United States that would educate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation.  The Garden was established by Congress in 1820, and is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Today, the Garden is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance of plants to our own well-being, as well as the Earth’s.
Washington National Cathedral
Perhaps a bit off the beaten path, the Washington National Cathedral is not an attraction most tourists think about visiting when planning their trip to Washington, DC. However, the Cathedral is a national treasure, as well as an architectural feat, not just a place of worship. Housed inside the Cathedral are artworks and exhibits that tell the American story of faith. Outside, the grounds and gardens are open for exploring. You can even peer with the gargoyles from the city’s highest point.
The National Archives in Washington, DC
If you’re planning a trip to our nation’s Capital, you must include a visit to the National Archives. There is so much history to see in the Rotunda of this beautiful building, including the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The National Archives Museum features plenty of hands-on exhibits and learning resources, as well as public programs to help you explore issues of American history.
The White House
No trip to Washington, DC is complete without a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. You can request a visit to the White House from up to six months and no less than 21 days of your planned visit through your Member of Congress.
Be sure to add these six points of interest to your itinerary when planning your trip to Washington, DC.