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WASHINGTON DC IS HOME TO MORE THAN
20 museums, each one telling a different story of
modern history and political machinations, or
natural history and scientific innovation. There are
also world-famous monuments to see, such as the
Lincoln Memorial and the White House. And the
best news for visitors is that they all offer free entry.
The city is relatively small and easy to navigate,
which makes cycling a great way to get around.
Grab a bike from one of the rental outlets or
bike-share stations around the city and head
to the Lincoln Memorial. Looking out over the
National Mall from the top of the steps, the view
of the Reflecting Pool, WWII Memorial and the
Washington Monument is spectacular.
As you cycle along the National Mall, you’ll pass
several museums along the way. Be sure to visit
the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum,
a history of flight with exhibits including Charles
Lindbergh’s Spirit of St Louis and the Apollo 11
Command Module Columbia.
Loop around the National Mall and down
Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House,
The ‘capital of the free world’ is
steeped in modern history and
intrigue, with monuments we all
recognise and secrets in every corner.
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The best way to see DC’s famous monuments
lit up at night is to jump on the Hop-On-Hop-Off
Bus and grab a seat on the top deck.
DID YOU KNOW?
The lobby of the Willard Hotel was such
a popular place for US presidents and
congressmen to hang out that it spawned the
term ‘lobbying’, and it’s where businessmen
came to influence politicians.
but first stop at the International Spy
Museum for an insight into the history
of espionage, with over 5000 artefacts on
display – everything from lipstick guns to
Have lunch at the famous Willard Hotel,
where every US president since Grant has
dined, and where many important political
discussions have been held. The Cuban
Missile Crisis was resolved in one of the
restaurant’s booths, and Martin Luther
King Jr’s ‘I have a dream’ speech was
written in another.
There are many other museums worth
visiting in DC, including the recently
opened National Museum of African
American History and Culture, so allow
for a few days exploration. •••
(16 hours behind
The DC Metro is
and easy to use,
with trains running
roughly ever y 10
minutes. There are
several bike rental
Bike and Roll DC and
Segs in the City
Segway tours, or you
can hire a Pedicab.
Grayline’s Hop On-
HopOff bus service
provides a range of
guided tours, such as
DC After Dark.
WHEN TO VISIT: To
avoid the sweltering
heat and high season
tourists, it is best to
tour DC during the
from September to
November or March
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