Museums and MonumentsYou can't visit Washington D.C. without seeing at least a few museums and monuments. All of our favorites are located on the National Mall. We really love the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, and the National Archives. If you visit during certain seasons, they offer extended hours. Admission is free, and these museums are also busier early in the day, so plan out your visit accordingly. Of course, you've also got to make a stop at the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.
NeighborhoodsSome of our very favorite neighborhoods in Washington D.C. were places that we didn't initially visit. Of course, you have to visit the National Mall to see the museums and monuments listed above, but D.C. has a lot more to offer too! Georgetown is one of my very favorite areas, with its cute brick streets, endless shopping venues, and great restaurant options. Of course, you have to pick up a Georgetown Cupcake there too! Foggy Bottom is nestled just between Georgetown and Downtown, and it's a great area for a walk and exploring other restaurants.
RestaurantsWhen we returned to D.C. in June for our second visit in three months, we branched out a bit to try new places to eat. On our third wedding anniversary, we made reservations for the ever popular Founding Farmers. It was delicious, unique, and affordable, and I would highly recommend it. We also had We the Pizza: a pizza option with huge slices and homemade sodas. Since we really love our pizza, we also gave &pizza a try. Here, you get to choose all your own toppings, meats, and sauces for a flat rate. Delicious! D.C. has something for all tastes.
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TransportationOne of my favorite parts of our second visit to D.C was taking advantage of the Capital BikeShare program. Basically, there are bikes placed throughout the city, and you can rent them for low rates and ride them from station to station. It's quicker than trying to drive through crazy D.C. traffic, saves your feet, and is cheaper than the metro (which we took to get into the heart of the city). Aaron and I each joined the program for three days for $17, and then kept all of our trips to fewer than 30 minutes (which is doable since there are so many stations so close), so we never had to pay the extra fees. We loved it!
HotelsOf course any visit to D.C. calls for a stay in a cozy hotel of your choice. There are tons of options in a variety of areas throughout the city. We stayed a little farther out in the suburbs for our last trip, but when we go back again I would love to stay in the Foggy Bottom or Downtown areas, where there are lots of affordable options.
All in all, Washington D.C. is a wonderful travel destination for people of all ages. There is history to appreciate, great food to enjoy, and a variety of fun entertainment and nightlife to explore.