Thousands of tourists come each year to Washington to see their most emblematic monuments and museums. The best time to travel to Washington is in spring and autumn, although the summer is still the high season. The winters are very cold with temperatures below zero. Washington is one of the great places to visit.
Was chosen by George Washington because of its location between North and South and its accessibility through the Potomac River. Washington is a city of green parks and large buildings, amazing museums, excellent restaurantes and well known and prestigious monuments. Just name the Capitol, the White House or the Washington Monument or Lincoln, almost all of them along the National Mall of the Great Park.
But Washington also has many neighborhoods, each with a different culture, such as Georgetown, with elegant colonial houses and a bustling nightlife, or the bohemian district of Adams Morgan, with its ethnic shops and the Dupont Circle, with its art galleries and gay.
How to get there?
Washington has two airports. The first is the Baltimore International Airport, 50 kilometers north of the city. You can reach him from Washington to both train and bus. A taxi from the airport into the city we leave for about $ 63.
The other airports in the Washington-Dulles International Airport, about 40 kilometers west of the city. It connects the capital with the Washington Flyer bus service, which links to the underground route for $ 8.
Transportation in Washington:
Getting around is easy, since most tourist attractions are close to each other. Additionally, the service includes transportation buses and Metro, with stations in all these attractions. The system works until midnight weekdays and until 02.00 in the morning on Friday and Saturday. It is best to use the metro, which takes us up to Virginia or Maryland. Buses due to traffic, are a bit slower.
The car is better not to use both the traffic and because the parking lot, while rare, is very expensive. Taxis are a good way to get around for short distances, and their rates are the cheapest of all United States.
Visits to Washington:
The visit to Washington should begin at the National Mall, a park that is about three miles from the Capitol to the Potomac River. Here we see the Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt, as well as the Capitol, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Art Gallery. Is the center of the city, where festivals are held in Washington that run throughout the year. It is very beautiful area of Lake Tidal Basin.
The Capitol is the heart of the U.S. government. Its huge white dome can be seen from anywhere in the city. Houses the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, the largest in the world. The interior is richly decorated with hundreds of statues. Can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 09.00 to 16.30 hours. The tours are guided for some 30 minutes, with free entry.
Possibly the most photographed place in Washington is the White House, residence of the President of the United States since 1800. Guided tours can lead us by their gardens, and several of its rooms, including the famous Oval Office, or the large dining room which accommodates the highest dignitaries who visit the country. The first two floors are private open from Tuesday to Saturday from 07.30 to 12.30, and visits can only be done in groups of 10 or so. Reservations can be made even with six months’ notice. Admission is free.
Another visit is inexcusable in Washington, Smithsonian Institution, one of the leading research centers in the world and home to 19 museums and galleries and a zoo. However, there are some museums that are in other cities, like New York or Virginia. The museums are open every day from 10.00 to 17.30, and best of all is that they are completely free.
You can do many things at night in Washington. Restaurants and bars are not just limited to the area of Georgetown, but span Penn Quarter, Adams Morgan, Barracks Row and Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle.
The music bars in this area almost always offer live music, and well into the night, it will be when the most famous DJ’s. But Washington has everything from opera to Broadway musicals, comedies, ballet, etc. ..
College students go to bars in Georgetown and Adams Morgan, while the local Dupont Circle are more sophisticated, and attracting more international. U Street Corridor and 14th Street are very popular for nightlife. Quieter, more comfortable for a night, is the area of Capitol Hill.
Most places close at 02.00 in the morning (0300 if on a weekend). The subway is still running, so you have no problems. Drinks range from 6 to 9 dollars and some bars serve meals.
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