District of Columbia
Washington, D.C., is at its finest in the spring when the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin delicately frame the Washington and Jefferson memorials. Spring ignites the city's flower gardens and covers the parks with a green carpet.
There's something exciting about visiting the nation's capital. Here you may watch the leaders of our government in action, as they deliberate and determine the future course of our nation.
One of the best things about a D.C. vacation is that nearly everything is free. Parking space is at a premium, though, so it's best to leave your car at your motel and travel by tour mobile or subway.
Because there is so much to see, you may want to set priorities; otherwise, you may be overwhelmed by the numerous sites and activities competing for your time. Some visitors choose a potpourri of places to visit while others concentrate on a special interest. If you can't pass a museum without entering, you'll want to make the Smithsonian Institution your first stop. The numerous memorials to the country's leaders will draw other visitors. Art lovers could spend days in the city's fabulous art galleries.
Families on their first visit to the capital usually opt for tours of the major government buildings. Not to be missed are the Capitol, which dominates the city from Capitol Hill; the White House, home of the president; the Supreme Court Building, where the country's highest court holds its sessions; and the National Archives, repository for the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Vying for your attention will be the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was shot; the Washington National Cathedral; and the National Zoo. Nearby Virginia will lure you with Arlington National Cemetery, where John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert are buried; and Mount Vernon, beloved home of George Washington.
You'll want to visit Washington again and again, not just because it's one of the world's most beautiful cities, but because it's a part of you.