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WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, DC

Washington, DC visitors enjoy access to an impressive list of free and fascinating attractions, from the powerful monuments and memorials on the National Mall to inspiring cultural treasures like the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art. A diverse and beautiful world capital, DC invites visitors to step beyond these federal landmarks to explore charming neighborhoods like historic Georgetown, eclectic Adams-Morgan and trendy U Street. DC’s neighborhoods tempt visitors with chic boutiques, hip new restaurants and bars, world-class theatres, art galleries and peaceful parks and gardens.

HOW TO GET AROUND WASHINGTON, DC?

If you plan to stay within the city, there is no need to rent a car.  You may take the Metro system (link) or there are plenty of taxi cabs in the city.

Thanks to DC’s pedestrian-friendly streets and its safe, efficient public transportation system—including Metrorail and the hip, new Circulator bus (link).  For $1 and with buses arriving every 10 minutes, the Circulator provides daily bus service on five convenient routes throughout Washington, DC.  You have to check the times because it is not a 24 hour service—it’s easy to get from your hotel to Washington, DC’s attractions. For more information, visit DESTINATION DC at washington.org or downtowndc.org. On this site, you will find everything you want to know about DC.  We hope your stay here will be enjoyable, memorable, and fun.

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MORE DETAILS ON TOURIST SITES

The White House has strict rules regarding WH Tours. You have to plan ahead to be able to get in. However, you could visit the White House Visitors Center to learn more information about the White House. Located at the SE corner of 15 and E St, NW in the Department of Commerce Building. This facility features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video.

The US Bureau of Printing and Engraving 
- Present yourself at the entrance on 14th Street for their public tours. Tours are given Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. Tours start at 10am and run every 15 minutes there after.

National Archives – 
Open Monday through Saturday, from 10-7pm before Labor Day and10-5:30pm after Labor Day, located at the corner of Constitution and 9th St.

Arlington National Cemetery – Open every day. Be sure to see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

Smithsonian Museums are free and are open every day. There are 19 museums and the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The hours are 10:00am to 5:30pm with the exception; the Smithsonian Castle opens at 8:30am and the American Art Museum opens at 11:30am.

Spy Museum – Located within walking distance on 800 F Street, between 9th and 8th Streets – one block from the Verizon Center. Hours are 10-6pm.

National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian museum group and is free and open 364 days a year. Take Metro RED line from Chinatown Gallery Place to Woodley Park-Zoo.

Ford’s Theater (the Lincoln Museum, and the house where Lincoln died): are open from 9: 00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They are located on 10th St. between E and F streets. Fifteen minute historical talks are presented in the theater at fifteen past the hour except between 12:00 an 2:00 when no talks are given. The public can tour the theater and museum at their leisure.

Holocaust Museum 
- Open 10am 5:30pm every day including weekends. During the month of September, tickets or passes are not required to enter and it actually is a good time to go.

Library of Congress 
- Tours are held at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 Monday to Friday. Saturday tours run at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The building is located to the East of the Capitol and to the South of the Supreme Court on 1st Street SE. (Will be closed on Sunday and Labor Day).

Supreme Court
 – There are lectures in the courtroom every weekday that the court is not sitting. They occur every hour on the half-hour from 9:30-3:30 and the building itself is open from 9:00-4:30. The Supreme Court is located on 1st St. NE (directly to the East of the Capitol). You can call (202) 479 3211 to check if the court will be sitting during your visit. If you are interested in attending an oral argument, please go to the Supreme Court.

Mount Vernon (George Washington’s family estate)
- Visit George Washington’s plantation on the banks of the Potomac River and see and learn about how he lived. Opens everyday from 9-4pm.

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