What an exciting time to take a holiday to Washington DC! The movers and shakers, lobbyists and legislators help make the nation’s capital an eclectic experience packed with famous sites, cool restaurants and top shopping. Alongside some of the world’s best known museums and galleries, the wide sweeping boulevards and symmetrical city layout allow the dramatic presentation of the visual crown jewels. Foremost is the George Washington Monument, a 500 feet tall obelisk visible from 30 miles away, while the Lincoln Memorial celebrates the revered 16th President, seated and steady of gaze at the end of the National Mall. Such sights add to the grandeur of Washington DC and formed the backdrop to the emotional inauguration of President Barack Obama when he assumed office on 20th January 2009 before crowds over a million-strong.
Start your Washington holiday with a Gray Line tour from Union Station, itself a grand ceremonial building with upscale shopping, restaurants and bars. The half day tour will familiarise you with the DC geography as you either drive by or step off and explore the city highlights such as the White House, the War Memorials, FBI Headquarters and Embassy Row. The major landmarks are predominantly linked by green spaces with foot and bike paths, making a Bike the Sights tour an ideal way for the more energetic to see the city.
The central business district turns rather quiet when the government workers call it a day. This is the time to head for areas like Georgetown and Adams Morgan with their trendy eateries, wine bars, jazz clubs and late night book stores.