Where are the best places to visit in Washington DC?

Im visiting Washington DC but only for two days, i was wondering if there were any places that would be the most worth going to. Which sites are the most worth while?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The link below has every thing u need. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I went there on an 8th grade trip, we flew there from Montana. It was so fun, there is so much you can do. Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Iwo Jima, Memorial. The white house of course, and all the neat little museums! The mall is pretty sweet too! Here is a more formal list (:

    Georgetown & Upper Northwest Takoma Park Historic District

    Rock Creek Park

    Peirce Mill

    Cleveland Park Historic District

    The National Cathedral

    C&O Canal National Historical Park

    National Zoo

    Old Woodley Park Historic District

    Georgetown Historic District

    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Mt. Zion Cemetery

    Montrose and Dumbarton Parks

    Tudor Place

    Dumbarton House

    Georgetown University

    Volta Bureau

    Custom House & Post Office

    Old Stone House

    Georgetown Market

    Georgetown Commercial Buildings

    Dupont Circle & Embassy Row

    Massachusetts Avenue Historic District

    National Trust for Historic Preservation Building

    Kalorama Triangle Historic District

    Mount Pleasant Historic District

    Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District

    Woodrow Wilson House

    Meridian Hill Park

    Striver's Section Historic District

    Dupont Circle Historic District

    Phillips Collection

    Heurich Mansion

    St. Matthew's Cathedral

    Embassy Gulf Service Station

    16th Street Historic District

    Scottish Rite Temple

    Charles Sumner School

    Mayflower Hotel

    Metropolitan AME Church

    14th Street Historic District

    Greater U Street Historic District

    Logan Circle Historic District

    Mary McLeod Bethune House

    General Oliver Otis Howard House

    LeDroit Park Historic District

    Mary Church Terrell House

    Blagden Alley--Naylor Court

    Downtown

    Foggy Bottom Historic District

    Abbe House (Arts Club of Washington)

    Octagon House

    D.A.R. Constitution Hall

    U.S. Department of the Interior

    Blair House

    Decatur House

    Renwick Gallery

    St. John's Church

    Franklin Square

    Lafayette Square

    * The White House

    Old Executive Office Building(Eisenhower Executive Office Building)

    Corcoran Gallery of Art

    Lockkeeper's House

    U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Willard Hotel

    Warner Theater

    Ford's Theater National Historic Site

    800 Block of F Street

    Pension Building -- National Building Museum

    Pennsylvania Ave National Historic Site

    Federal Triangle

    The National Mall

    The National Mall

    Lincoln Memorial

    Washington Monument

    Jefferson Memorial

    Arlington Memorial and House

    Memorial Bridge

    The Smithsonian Castle

    National Archives

    Capitol Hill & Anacostia

    * U.S. Capitol Building

    * Russell & Cannon Congressional Office Buildings

    Union Station

    Gallaudet University

    Ralph Bunche House

    Capitol Hill Historic District

    * U.S. Supreme Court Building

    Library of Congress

    Sewall-Belmont House

    Folger Shakespeare Library

    St. Mark's Church

    Eastern Market

    Christ Church

    Lincoln Park

    East Capitol Street Car Barn

    Marine Barracks

    Anacostia Historic District

    Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

    National Arboretum

    Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

  • Fred
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Day One: The Mall. You can cover the most important an interesting monuments (Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Wall, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial) by just walking around the Reflecting Pool. On each side of the mall are the vital museums: Smithsonian, Hirshhorn, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Natural History, as well as the most popular, the Museum of Air and Space. However, if you try visiting them all, you'll eat up your entire stay.

    You can tour the White House, but the lines are long and the tour is (in my opinion) a bit disappointing. Same with the Capitol. You can see (and photograph) them from the outside, which is good enough.

    Day Two: The Waterfront, the Watergate, the Kennedy Center, Georgetown. Go across the river and drive through Arlington Cemetery. You can take in the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, which occurs every hour, on the hour. The Jefferson Memorial, the U.S. Mint. The F.B.I., The Newseum. More museums... take your pick.

    You can see a lot in two days, but you can't see it all. However, keep in mind that the "tourist" parts of D.C. are all in the Northwest quadrant, and D.C. itself is only 68.25 square miles. So, if you get a map, you can pretty well design a tour (combined walking/driving - but parking is a real bear) that covers a lot of area and doesn't force you to cross paths.

    Have fun!

    Source(s): Having lived and worked in D.C. and the suburbs...
  • 4 years ago

    I'm not too sure about hotels, since I grew up in Washington and whenever I visit I either stay with family or friends, or my company pays for hotel if it's for work. But I know there are a lot of hotels just across the river in Crystal City, which is just a couple of Metro stops from downtown. You might be able to find deals on some of the travel websites. As far as what to see: Any of the Smithsonian museums are worth seeing. Personally, I like the American History Museum and also the art museums. The good thing about the museums is that they're all free, and you don't need tickets. So you can go for half an hour to a museum - you don't have to feel like you need to spend hours there because you paid $15 to get in. Any of the monuments and memorials are worthwhile too. The Lincoln and Jefferson Monuments, and the FDR and Vietnam War Memorials are all especially worthwhile. Again, all free and no tickets are needed. All of the museums and monuments are located within a block or so of the mall. And of course, the U.S. Capitol, White House, or Washington Monument are all right near the mall as well. You DO need tickets for these three things (they're all free, but you need tickets). For the Washington Monument, you can only get tickets the day you want to see it - you get them from a kiosk near the monument. This, to be honest, is overrated - it's nice and all, but considering the amount of time you will probably have to wait in line for tickets and then waiting to go up (probably will take all day), it's not worth it. You can still of course see it from the outside, tickets are only needed to go inside. The White House and Capitol tickets are also free and it's "strongly encouraged" that you get them in advance, and considering the fact that it's peak tourist season in Washington, I'd say that's a good idea. You can reserve them online - just google "White House tours" or "Capital tours". The Capitol has a new visitors' center which you can see without a ticket - but for guided tours of the chambers and other cool stuff you do need a ticket. Again, all are free though. So anyway - there's plenty to see in Washington. You could easily spend a week there and not see everything but at least you have a start! That's the best time of year to visit Washington in terms of weather and seeing the cherry blossoms. Of course, as I mentioned, that also means it's peak tourist season - plus it's spring break for a lot of schools, and Easter weekend as well as Passover, so it will probably be quite crowded. So if you're planning on driving (which is never easy to do in the Washington area), it will be worth it to park at your hotel or at the Metro and taking public transit. Fortunately the Metro is easy to use, convenient, and all of the tourist stuff is walkable.

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  • wilson
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I haven't lived there for a while, but you'll be surprised how much you can tackle in two days, even just walking around. It's fairly condensed, and there are tons of beautiful buildings and statues everywhere. Don't try to schedule yourself too much, just start at one point and work your way through.

    I would not see the Pentagon, as it's boring (it was my view from my living room window for years and nothing cool ever went on from what I could see) and set just outside of DC. I also hear that the Washington Monument is not worth the wait, which I would assume to be true. Tons of waiting and stairs for... Not much.

    I honestly wasn't very impressed with what I got to see at the Smithsonian, so much of it was closed, but that was years ago, I don't know how it is today. I just personally think the best thing about DC is the architecture. What do I know.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Places

    1. Lincoln Memorial

    2. Us Capitiol Building

    3. Smithsonian National Zoologiacal Park

    4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    5. National Mall..

    6. WHITE HOUSE !!!

  • mcc
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I would do the Smithsonian American History and Natural History buildings. I like art so I do like to visit the art gallery's.

    Go to Union Station - buy a ticket for the evening light the monument tours and see all of them in the evening - as they are being lit. - amazing to see.

    Go to Alexandria and take a boat up to Georgetown - or the other way around - lots to see funky shops etc.

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