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What You Should Know More About Washington D.C.

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Keep the beggars at bay.

    ·         Do not get over friendly with the guide or the strangers here.

    ·         Make sure you dress in accordance with the local traditions and cultures.

    ·         Do not do anything that hurts the local sentiments.

    ·         Always be alert.

    ·         Do not leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Opt for a hotel that has a room safe.

    ·         Do not flaunt your valuables or jewelry in public places.

    ·         Make sure you have some idea of the local language before you visit the country.

    ·         Do not get involved in drugs of any form.

    ·         If you have a medical condition, carry all the needed medicines.

    ·         Always have with you a first aid kit.

    ·         Do not film without permission.

    ·         If you ever feel lost, take help from the locals here.

    ·         Whenever you interact with the locals, do ensure you are warm and polite.

    ·         Do not let anyone take advantage of you.

    ·         Whenever you are visiting any new destination, it is always a good idea to gather sufficient information about that place before you travel there.

    ·         Always travel in large groups.

    ·         Make sure you do not explore the unknown trails during the night hours.

              Ensure that you have with you at least one identity proof. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Washington D.C. is 18 years. 

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    United States Capitol and Capitol Hill

    Since Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States of America, you will find a lot of administrative buildings in the city. The US Capitol is where the House of Representatives and the Senate are present. The architecture of the building is slightly replicated from the St. Peter's in Rome, especially the huge tomb. However, this feature of the building stands out most among all the other American buildings here. 


    The White House


    The White House is one of the most popular landmarks and is well known throughout the world. It is where the President of USA resides. There are special tours for visiting the interiors of the White House where you can explore the various rooms, the Ballroom and also the State Dining Room. However, to do all this, you need to reserve your tour many days in advance. If not, you can just watch the iconic building from outside just like many tourists do. You can also visit the White House Visitor Center which is free of costs and you can visit various exhibits.  


    The Lincoln Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln was one of the most loved president of United States and had its influence throughout the world. The Lincoln Memorial is by far one of the most popular memorials not only in the US but throughout the world. The Memorial is a huge 19 feet statue of the President and there are around 36 columns which represents the number of states that were present when he was the President. This memorial is also famous because Martin Luther King Jr. made his iconic speech 'I have a Dream' from the steps of the memorial. 


    National Air and Space museum


    We all are interested in air and space travel and USA is one of the leading countries in this sector. The National Air and Space museum is one of the most visited as well as popular museum in the entire world. You will find a huge collection of historically significant air as well as space crafts here in the museum. Every revolutionary piece of vehicle that made it to the air has a home in the museum. The first aircraft in the world made by the Wright Brothers in 1903 is also on display in the museum. Even the Apollo 11 which made it to the moon is kept here for visitors. 


    The Washington Monument


    The Washington Monument is the most recognizable iconic landmark in the city. It is a huge structure which pans at around 555 foot and you need to gaze at the sky to have a proper look at it. The monument looks beautiful, especially when seen through the Reflecting Pool right below its foot. It was built in three different stages at a gap of many years and it is clearly visible through the color of its facing stones. There are 50 American Flags that surround the base of The Washington Monument. 

  • What you will like there?

    Museums


    Washington D.C. is not just a home to some of the most notable museums of the world but the best part about DC is that most of these museums are free for public. The 19 Smithsonian Museums offer both kids and adults with an unforgettable experience. Be it the National Museum of American History, American Indian Museum, Air and Space Museum or the Natural History Museum, you can spend hours here yet not see all of it. Your visit to Washington is incomplete without taking a stoppage at one of these sightseeing attractions of Washington D.C.    


    American History


    When you talk about the American history, it can all come together to one. The capital of America is brimming with incredible places to see that bring forth the rich history of the country. Right from the memorials to the monuments, there are a number of significant points of interest and buildings that can be seen by you in the Old Town Trolley Tour. It is indeed going to be the most comprehensive and deeply narrated sightseeing tour of the city. As part of the tour, you’ll be transported to more than 100 distinct sights which includes the U.S. Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the National Archives, the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Botanic Gardens, the Supreme Court, and so much more. Your guide on the tour will also share some interesting stories, facts and incidents related to the site. He will also entertain and keep you engaged with incredible anecdotes. You know what’s the best thing about the Old Town Trolley Tour? You can get on and off at any of the 21 stops just as much as you want. So, you can take your time enjoying the sights, take a stopover, eat all you like, do some shopping and then finally catch the next trolley which comes along. It indeed is one of the best ways to see all that the city has on offer.


    Ford's Theatre


    One great president saw his end at the Ford's Theatre of Washington DC. It is the very place where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The exhibition conducted downstairs to go into the assassination plot and hunt for the conspirators post that. It is far more interesting when you go on to explore the life and presidency of Lincoln. This indeed is one of the best tourist attraction of Washington D.C.   


    Ethiopian food


    One of the most interesting things about Washington is the massive number of Ethiopians who live there. This very well translates to the fact that there are a number of Ethiopian restaurants out there. If you wish to try out of the lip smacking Ethiopian delicacies, head to the 9th Street NW which has a vast collection of such restaurants include Etete that offers a variety of spicy and tasty stews which can be enjoyed with injera which is a spongy flatbread instead of cutlery. You can also go to the Dukem on U Street that offers similar dishes as well as several live entertainment opportunities.   


    U Street


    On the U Street, you’ll not just find Ethiopian food but also a vast variety of Jamaican, Thai, Chinese and just about every type of cuisine that you can think of. It is basically an African-American area from the era of Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. It was also known as the Washington's Black Broadway. The street has a number of multi cultural ironic gay sports bars mix, clubs and bars that use the profits in the construction of the schools in Africa. A series of signs very well explain the history and make it a great place for taking up a self guided walking tour.


    The Sports


    Want some high-brow entertainment? The best city in the world where you let your hair down and enjoy a sports game is Washington. It is just one of 12 American cities which host teams in 4 key sports - ice hockey, baseball, American football and basketball. The city boasts of the newly built Nationals Park along with few really popular teams.  


    Getting Around


    Washington DC in itself is not a very huge city. The metro system here is excellent that means that no neighborhood here is out of your reach. Conclusively, you’ll not be sitting on a train for an eternity to get where you ought to be. Getting to and from the airport is also easy no matter where you are flying to – Baltimore, Dulles or Reagan.  


    Happy hour drinking


    Washington not really has a very happening nightlife. It is not the late night party city. You usually go out drinking here post work, particularly around the Capitol Hill where the Congressmen, hangers-on head and the political staffers come for a couple of happy hour drink that turn into a few more later. So, pull out your barstool and get chatting with whoever is sitting next to you and you are more than likely to get some juicy gossip.


    The Arts


    Washington D.C. is a city that is replete with an array of museums, art galleries and theatres. There is no doubt that Washington D.C. is indeed one of the best places to enjoy art. The Kennedy Center sprawling on the banks of the River Potomac is indeed one of the best places to enjoy them with its multi venue Performing Arts center which brings forth a staggering 2,000 performances on annual basis. You can also find a humongous variety of live music all around the town.


    Sightseeing Tours


    One city where you must take up a sightseeing tour is definitely Washington. A number of tours are organized every now and then that take you to some of the best tourist attractions all round the city. Under this tour, you can explore prominent attractions such as Capitol Hill, The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, the National Archives, apart from the variety of museums, galleries and more.


    Shopping


    M Steet is a high end street in Georgetown that stock all the big brand names. However, that’s not why you visit Washington DC. You must rather check out the various idiosyncratic stores on your exploration tour to the rest of the city. Some of the prominent interiors store include the Salt and Sundry located inside the Union Market that sells everything from the soap to ceramic, baskets and rugs. Book lovers too can have a great time here by heading to the second hand book shop i.e. the Capitol Hill Books. Shopping for American souvenirs is a great thing to do here. 

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?