Other things to do and places to visit in the D.C. area
you've visited all the
top Washington D.C. attractions, there's still lots
more to see! Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas
are rich with cultural, educational, and downright fun
activities for your entire family.
While some attractions are subject to individual tastes,
and the appeal of others may vary depending on whether
you have kids (and their ages), here's a list of attractions
you should definitely consider for your Washington D.C.
site of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the recently
renovated Ford's Theater is a neat place to visit for
a very interesting tour. Tickets are free, but must be
obtained in advance (same day). You'll enter the theater
and choose your seat on the main floor or in the balcony.
All seats provide a view of the private box where Lincoln
sat on the night he was assassinated. The box still sits
as it was decorated when President Lincoln was shot while
watching "Our American Cousin" on April 14th,
hear a very interesting story of the events on that fateful
night told in intricate detail by a member of the National
Parks' Service. You'll have an eerie feeling that you
are actually there as you hear the details of how John
Wilkes Booth planned and carried out his plan. If you're
sitting in the balcony you may actually hear his footsteps
as he approaches President Lincoln's private box.
a museum within the theater building with many interesting
items from the day including the pistol used in the assassination.
You can also go across the street to the Peterson House
to view the bedroom where Lincoln was taken that night
and died the next morning.
by the Potomac Riverboat Company, this one or two hour
cruise departs from either Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria
for a one-way or roundtrip boat ride on the Potomac. You'll
pass monuments such at the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington
Monument, and also see landmarks like the Kennedy Center
and the Watergate Hotel.
A pre-recorded program describes what you are seeing
throughout the trip, and varies in each direction to make
the round trip worthwhile. The best time for this cruise
is around sunset which highlights the areas mystique.
Roundtrip tickets are under $30 for adults and about
$15 for kids 11 and under.
Washingon's Mount Vernon estate & gardens is a short
drive south of Washington D.C. and a great way to spend
a morning- or perhaps an entire day. General admission
tickets are about $15 for adults, and about ½ that
for kids.You can walk through the buildings in the complex
while being treated to an informative background narrative
by knowledgeable volunteers. You can also tour the grounds
on your own, or arrange any number of guided tours (for
a small additional fee).
took the "National Treasure" tour which I'd
highly recommend. For only $5 we were able to see the
locations where scenes from National Treasure 2 were filmed,
and hear lots of interesting stories about the planning
and filming of the movie. Plus, we got to see places that
nobody else gets to see! The kids loved it!
beautifully restored train station is easily accessible
by the Metro and is a great place to shop, eat, or just
enjoy the architecture. Despite the many things to do
in Washington D.C., one thing missing is an abundance
of restaurants and souvenir shops that you'd expect to
find in a traditional 'tourist' location. Other than cafeterias
and gift shops in many of the buildings, there just aren't
that many other options (unless you visit street vendors).
Union Station has a variety of restaurants to choose
from for any budget in the food court. There are also
a couple of more upscale restaurants in the building.
You'll find just about any souvenir you can imagine in
the many shops located throughout the station.
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