Things to Do on a Three-Day Trip to Washington DC

Washington DC Tour

Washington DC Attractions

Those that grow up stateside learn a lot about Washington DC in school. It is located on the Potomac River and derives its name from the first President, George Washington. Additionally, it is the seat of government. However, what else do you know about the place? Did you know the White House was burned down in the War of 1812?

If you are visiting Washington DC and have three days to spare, following are some of the things you should do.

Day One – Walk around the Tidal Basin, Then to the Capitol Building

A lot of the photos of Washington covered in cherry blossoms are taken here, so this is one place you will definitely want to visit. The Tidal Basin is a reservoir around which you can take a peaceful stroll, or even get a paddleboat on rent for the day. One side of the basin has the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, while the other has the Jefferson Memorial.

Walk the National Mall, which is virtually the second bookend to the Lincoln Memorial. The US Capitol is impressive to look at, and if you enjoy architecture, you should also visit the nearby Library of Congress.

Day Two – Visit a Smithsonian Museum

On the second day of your Washington DC tour, you should visit at least one of the Smithsonian Museums the city is famous for. The main ones to check out are the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. You can also find an American Art Museum, a Postal Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, etc. in Washington DC. The best thing about all this is that you get free entry to any Smithsonian museum.

Day Three – Explore Adams Morgan

This place is known mainly for its nightlife, and is a good distraction from touristy sights if you have had enough of those. Adams Morgan is funky and diverse, and if you get a chance, you should even stay here after extending your trip by a few days. You can revel in wandering down the vivid 18th Street, and partake in the varied cuisine offered in the many restaurants lining it. Almost every kind of food can be had here, from Italian to Ethiopian to Nepalese and vegan BBQ.

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