What are the Top 5 Things to Do in DC?

Are you visiting DC for the first time?  Want to know the best way to visit Washington?

1. Take the Best Tour of DC — a Nonpartisan Pedicab Tour!

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Enjoying a Nonpartisan Pedicab Tour

So, how to see DC with a 360 degree view and get an historical overview of the city and American history? Visit DC with a private tour. You can stop at all the monuments and get out at each one. Don’t wait for a dumb bus. Personalized tours . Loads of fun.  Very informative. Free pick up at any downtown location.  Get dropped off at any downtown location at the end of your tour.  Small children ride free.   Many people say that a pedicab tour was the highlight of their trip to DC.

2. Visit the Lincoln Memorial

Best Things to Do in DC

If you had only one thing to do in DC, go visit the Lincoln Memorial.  Whether in the day or the evening or in the middle of the night, the Lincoln Memorial floats above the National Mall.  On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, you get the very best view of Washington DC. Look across the Tidal Basin and out to the Washington Monument and the US Capitol for that picture perfect view. Click here for more information about the Lincoln Memorial

3. Visit the Smithsonian Museums

Visit the Smithsonian Museums

There are 9 Smithsonian museums right on the National Mall — the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, the American Indian Museum, the Smithsonian Castle, the Hirshhorn Gallery, the Free Gallery, the African Art Museum, and the Sackler Gallery. The Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum is set to open in 2016. In addition, there are two buildings of the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall as well. There are several other Smithsonian museums are a short distance away off the National Mall.  Take a look at the opening hours of the Smithsonian.

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4.Visit the Top of the Washington Monument

Visit the Washington Monument

Visit the top of the Washington Monument to get the best views in DC. If you like to plan way in advance, you can get tickets online for $1.50. Otherwise,show up early in the morning at the Washington Monument Lodge -the white stone building on 15th Street in front of the Washington Monument. Free tickets are given out promptly at 8:30 AM that are timed for an entry later on the same day. In general, you should be there before 7:30 AM if you want to make sure you get a ticket. A line starts to form as early as 6:00 AM.  Show up by 6:30, and you will surely have a choice of available times. The opening hours of the Washington Monument vary according to the season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Washington Monument is open from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  During other times of the year, it is open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Once you are up there, spend as much time as you like.  There are large windows looking out in all four directions with expansive views around Washington, and out to Virginia.

5. Visit the Jefferson Memorial

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A visit to the Jefferson Memorial is one of the most exciting things to do in DC. The Jefferson Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It floats above the Tidal Basin, and there is a view out toward the Washington Monument, the White House, and the MLK Memorial. Come see the Jefferson Memorial during the day or at sunset or after dark.