Top 10 Reasons Why Washington DC is the Ultimate Holiday Destination
There are so many things you can do in Washington D.C. to spend a memorable vacation. For people who love to be surrounded by cultural monuments, museums, memorials and lively nightlife, Washington is the best holiday spot to spend quality time with your loved ones. If you have kids, you will have plenty of sights to soak up some history. If you are on your own, it is easy to ride the Metro or hop on a bike to explore all the great things Washington has to offer.
Local shops, busy marketplaces and people-watching hot spots make Washington D.C. one of the best holiday spots for an enjoyable time. Here are top 10 reasons to make Washington D.C. your next holiday destination:
1. The National Archives
The huge collection of the National Archive & Record Administration (NARA) allows you to see authentic documents, photos, recordings and maps and an assortment of artifacts that take you through the history of the US.
2. Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park is DC’s most popular spot for running, biking, skating as well as horseback riding. With 32 miles of trails along with paved roads ideal for biking, an entire day can be spent stretching your legs in the Park.
3. National Air & Space Museum
Notable and ongoing exhibitions in the museum do a great job at elaborating the history of satellite communication, jet aviation and space travel. The gallery usually features live presentations and have space pioneers and astronauts as guests. The Albert Einstein Planetarium also screens half-hour multimedia presentations about outer space, whereas the Langley Theater offers IMAX films on space.
4. National Zoological Park
There is free entry to the National Zoological Park and is a must-visit spot when you are on a vacation with your kids although it is more convenient to explore its actual magnificence in the off-season when the foot traffic is easy to manage. The zoo is home to around 2, 000 animals with 400 different species.
5. The Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden
One of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Washington D.C. is The Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden, which was established in 1983 to honor the 100th birth anniversary of Kahlil Gibran. The perfect place to read Gibran’s work, meditate or have a small picnic with your family.
6. Eastern Market
If you are up for some local-farm products, live music, crafts, jewelry, and interacting with merchants, Eastern Market is the place to be. Everything comes at an affordable price tag and you will be refreshed after sampling the freshly baked goods and toasty beverages.
7. The U.S. National Arboretum
Be fascinated at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is a 446-acre oasis offering scenic recluse from the hustle and bustle of Washington streets. The Arboretum boasts magnificently manicured gardens and a wide collection of rare plants. Guided tours can be availed by appointments to take the experience to a completely new level.
This museum is dedicated to freedom of speech and journalism and opened in 2008. Boasting multiple levels, the Newseum offers one of the world’s largest glass hydraulic elevators speeds, which take visitors to witness some of the city’s most glorious panoramas.
9. National Mall
While you are having a splendid time vacationing in Washington, DC, don’t forget to visit the National Mall by foot. You will be thrilled to take pleasure in the sights while acquiring monument-themed trivia and facts.
10. Live Music
Washington hosts some of America’s finest live music acts. Enjoy the nightlife and explore the creative side of D.C. by heading to local bars and venues for dancing the night away.
With so much to experience in DC, you might feel overwhelmed. This is where private bus tours and guided tours can come in handy and enable you to make the most of your time in Washington, DC.
Brandi Marcene | USA Guided Tours DC Blog Contributor