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Guide to Washington, DC

I had heard nothing but great things about DC, and it still exceeded all of my expectations! Here is a quick snapshot of the best things I did.

*Transport: I personally didn’t opt for the train when traveling from New York to DC – when looking at prices they were around the same as flights. I would suggest going with MegaBus. They are super flexible if you miss your bus you only have to pay a $5 fee to get on any of the others, and usually have multiple buses running to DC on the hour. Be prepared for a 4+ hour trip from New York. Include some snacks, free WiFi and the trip will be done before you know it! Plus you arrive in Union Terminal which is beautiful.

Washington Monument

2 15TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20560, USA
The tallest and one of the most iconic monuments in the city. This towering tribute was for America’s first president, but ended up taking over a century to plan and construct – not being finished until the 21st president was in office. I would suggest booking tickets to get a bird’s eye view of the nation’s capital.

*Hire Bikes: With all the main attractions being in such close proximity, I would recommend hiring bikes to see them all. Allocate yourself at least two hours – between photos, reading up and stopping for some lunch you’ll definitely cover the main things during this time.

Lincoln Memorial

2 LINCOLN MEMORIAL CIR NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20037, USA

Ride down to the reflecting pools just under the Lincoln Memorial. It was here Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech – delivering a crowd of over 250,000 people.

Past the reflecting pools you will find The Lincoln Memorial standing high. Built in 1922 it was one of several monuments dedicated to Lincoln – serving as the 16th president from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln is known for many brave triumphs – leading the US through civil war, abolishing slavery and strengthening the federal government.

The White House

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20500, USA

Pretty much a “must do” if you’re visiting DC. No sign of Obama, but plenty of protesters and tourists outside the gates. Talk about a lack of privacy!

 

Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, DC, USA

Saturday night calls for good eats and great vibes. I was introduced to George Town, the oldest area in Washington, DC. Popular for its high-end shopping and dining, cobblestone streets and rowdy nightlife, George Town seemed like the place to be. I dined at Sushi Taro Japanese – eating incredible food and even better cocktails. Then hit some bars for some more drinks and dancing!

Cava Mezze

527 8TH ST SE, WASHINGTON, DC 20003, UNITED STATES

I wish this place would move to NYC! Go to CaVa on a weekend and get “all you can eat” Greek Mediterranean Brunch for only $30. Did I mention the 1c Mimosas! All fresh from the kitchen – eggs benedict, grilled cheese, banana fritters and the list goes on. Seriously, do it.

 
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