Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Things to Do in DC!

  • City Tours: There are a number of bus and trolley tours that let you hop on and off to see the sights. This is an easy and comfortable way to see the city. Some of them include the Old Town Trolley Tours and the Double-Decker Bus Tour. One that we've always wanted to try is the Capital Segway Tour!
  • Tours of the U.S. Capitol: Capitol tours are normally given Monday through Saturday but because of the current visitor center construction it's best to call 202-225-6827 before you come to see what days they are offered. The days before and after our wedding could prove to be really interesting up on the Hill. You can usually obtain a ticket through your home represenative or senator to go and sit inside the House or Senate visitors galleries just to watch the debate - it's fun!
  • The Supreme Court: Visiting the Supreme Court is worth it, even when it's not in session. If you're lucky to still be in DC on Monday October 1st you could wait in line to try and get a seat to listen to the first oral arguments of the new session!
  • Art Galleries: You could spend days going to DC's many art galleries. But we know not everyone has that kind of time! There will be a fantastic Edward Hopper exhibit on display at the National Gallery of Art starting September 16th. The National Portrait Gallery is newly renovated and worth walking through. We also really love the Phillips Collection which is situated in the Dupont Circle neighborhood just a few blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station.
  • The Smithsonian Museums: There are a ton of "must see" museums in the Smithsonian family. Check out http://www.si.edu/ to see all of the different kinds of museums the collection has to offer. The IMAX movies at the National Air and Space museum and the Natural History museum are incredible!
  • National Zoo: The National Zoo is a great place to check out, especially in the morning. It opens at sunrise and is within walking distance from the Wardman Park Marriott and Omni Hotels. Best of all it's free!
  • Other notables: If you have time to walk around the downtown Mall area, check out the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, they are well worth the trip and don't forget to walk through the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. If you are up near the Capitol building be sure to stop in the Library of Congress - it's a stunning building with fascinating exhibits.

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