Washington DC by Asiaroom and Keys.me
Washington DC is the capital city of the United States of America. This city has a plethora of free things to do such as museums, monuments, parks, the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and many other attractions that cost absolutely nothing to visit.
Of course DC has lots of other fun and modern things to do. The bars, restaurants, and shopping are on an international standard and will definitely have you finding exactly what you need or desire. A cosmopolitan city with budget rooms, restaurants and nightlife, and no doubt some of the most luxurious accommodations in the world.
Where everything is Located in DC
Washington DC’s Center of attraction, is surrounded by the US Governments white buildings. National Mall the monuments in downtown are everywhere and will have you posting on Instagram again and again. The cherry blossom trees make for a beautiful scene on any photograph and lights the center of DC like a Christmas tree. There are free museums also that make DC downtown so special.
The downtown cultural center has the main theater district, as well as more museums. East End is the location of the Capital One Arena, Convention Center, Chinatown, and lots of fine dining restaurants.
This is the central business district of DC and where you will find the White House, The Kennedy Center, and the famous George Washington University.
From the Library of Congress and the Capital Building past Union Station to a quiet historical neighborhood home to many staff of congress you will find some super nice restaurants on Barracks Row.
South of the mall you will find a flourishing neighborhood with seafood restaurants in the open air environ you will also see a seafood market. Also there is the home of Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
West the Wealthy Area of DC
Georgetown the top historical neighborhood is home to the elite, and the city’s most exquisite dining. The colonial architecture in this area is amazing and a great chance to get those photos for Instagram or Facebook. Lined with sports bars, and elite shops on cobblestone streets. This is the home of Georgetown University.
The Upper Northwest another area in DC considered the extravagantly wealthy side, and some really famous attractions such as the National Zoo, National Cathedral, and super high end shopping in Chevy Chase.
North Central Where Locals Enjoy DC’s Nightlife
DuPont Circle is home to lots of fun restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shopping. This is where you will also find most of DC’s foreign embassies on Massachusetts Avenue.
Shaw this area is a lot more serene and has a really quaint neighborhood feel. The nightlife in this area tends to attract older and more sophisticated clientele. The food in Little Ethiopia is outstanding, and the off the wall shopping experience can also be found here. This also the main live music area as well as art galleries at Logan Circle.
Adams Morgan is where you will find lots of bars and live music mostly on 18th Street. This is a really nice area for walking and finding some really cool restaurants.
Columbia Heights this is home to DC’s largest shopping mall, you may also find here restaurants that are budget friendly
Petworth Is where you will find Abraham Lincolns summer cottage and the Carter Barron Amphitheater. There is a very nice selection of restaurants and small shops to explore.
East the Least Visited but Much to See
Near Northeast this is home to the world’s most prestigious college for the deaf Gallaudet University. There is a very unique and fun nightlife scene here also. The gigantic National Arboretum is also a fantastic attraction. Brookland here is the location of the Little Vatican, the National Shrine, and the Catholic University of DC. Anacostia has lots of neighborhoods, and home to the Frederick Douglas Smithsonian, museums, the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. This is the poorest district in DC and makes one wonder how so much money could surround such poor people.
Getting Around DC
DC is a city for walkers and people physically fit. Get ready to walk until your feet hurt. Be sure to bring a very good pair of tennis shoes you will be glad you did so. If you take public transport still you should be prepared to walk a lot.
Bike Riding Trails in DC
Bike Riding in DC is lots of fun, and the city has designed many trails and paths to enjoy. The Capital City Trail connects Silver Spring Maryland Bethesda and Georgetown. The Metropolitan Branch Trail connects Union station to Siler Spring Maryland. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park has a very nice trail shaded by huge trees and goes from Georgetown to Cumberland Maryland through to the Great Falls and about 15 miles upstream from Georgetown. Mount Vernon Trail is the best connection from downtown DC, Alexandria, and George Washington’s Estate in Mt Vernon. W&OD Trail is 45 miles long here you can tour the Virginia suburbs from Alexandria to the suburbs of Reston, Herndon, and Ashburn then on to Loudon County and proceeding on to Leesburg.
Festivals in Washington DC
Fourth of July As you might expect the capital of the United States is the number one place to spend the 4th of July. The fireworks over the Potomac River are so extreme and extravagant you will be grinning from ear to ear. The National Independence Day Parade is another spectacular site to see on this special day. The gigantic orchestral concert on capital is is a special moment and one you will certainly remember. This event draws hundreds of thousands of people so be prepared to surf the crowd.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is held every late March and early April, hopefully you will have a chance to see the tees in full bloom.
The Blossom Kite Festival This event is held in late March. The main event is people arriving and flying their kites of all shapes, colors and sizes. There are many events, tents, and exhibits during this festival.
DC’s Cultural Tourism, on this special 2 days you may visit almost every embassy and learn about their cultures, and countries. Do be prepared to wait in long lines for the most popular countries.
Shakespeare Free For All this festival is held in early September, and is free. The performances are held every year by the Shakespeare Performance Company.
Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in held in late June until the 4th of July. The topics are a country, regions of the USA, and a new topic is chosen each year for the 3rd.
DC is also Host to Many Activities and Parks
Visit the 2000 acre Rock Creek Park where you can witness wild deer, rabbit, squirrel, coyotes and many different bird species. The park has paved biking trails, running tracks, hiking trails, picnic areas, a golf course, and even boat rentals on the Potomac River.
The Archibald Glover Park the trails at this park go all the way to the Chesapeake. What a beautiful and enchanting place to visit.
Other Fantastic Places to See in DC
Roosevelt Island is a place most tourists never visit, but in fact should. This is where the Teddy Roosevelt Memorial is located, and the park is a natural slice of wooded and swamp with a boardwalk in the center of the Potomac. There are fountains and lots of perfect views for photographs. Other great parks of note in DC are the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the National Arboretum, and Meridian Hill Park.
Practically all of the tourists visiting DC go to the National Mall but do bear in mind that DC has much more to offer than only seeing the notorious landmarks of the United States. This is city is alive and hopping on every level not simply all government based.
Washington DC is incredibly an international city, it certainly is not an all-white population by any means. The people are generally busy and on their way but friendly and happy to help with directions on where to go.
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