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WASHINGTON, DC
Those who have visited Washington, DC before will have discovered that one of the best ways to explore the nation’s capital is by walking the wide tree-lined boulevards. Lace up your shoes and stroll along the 2 miles of the National Mall, running between the steps of the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, your stops en route no doubt including to view the Washington Monument,
the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Don’t miss a visit to the Library of Congress, home to the world’s largest collection of books, or Arlington National Cemetery, and reflect on the names on the headstones and the stories each could tell. A day could easily be spent at the National Zoological Park, whose hundreds of inhabitants include giant pandas, or take a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home on the banks of the Potomac River. The delightful historic neighbourhood of Georgetown parades many shops and restaurants, and is also the setting for Washington, DC’s oldest house and a famous scene from the film, ‘The Exorcist’.
The Museums
You could spend your entire time in Washington, DC just visiting the museums, with 19 within the Smithsonian Institute making it the world’s largest education and research complex. All are free of charge and amongst the highlights are the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of African American History. Away from the Smithsonian and presenting something a little different, the International Spy Museum not only tells the history-changing stories of espionage and deception but also proudly boasts a James Bond interactive exhibit.
Sightseeing at your convenience
A great way to combine several attractions for one low price is the Washington DC Explorer Pass, giving you the freedom to choose three top attractions, which can be visited any time for up to 30 days. Included in the pass are the International Spy Museum, Mount Vernon, a 1-day Patriot Tour, and a riverboat cruise of Washington, DC’s Monuments. You’ll save up to 35% off combined admission prices, skip the line at selected attractions and be provided with transport to each of your chosen spots.
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