To some, Washington DC means white marble, verdant lawns, and the colorful, ritualistic pageantry of American politics: the Capitol dome; limousine processions on Inauguration Day; the mournful, somber, stately changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. To others, D.C. is a bustling metropolis, filled with chic bars, ethnic diversity, and a soft undercurrent of the American South. To those that know, it is all these things.
Day 1: Welcome to D.C.
There are so many things to do in Washington D.C., where does one begin? Best bet is to sate that cultural craving and head off to see some sites either guided by day, by night, or by hop-on-hop-off trolley. Depending on what option you choose, you might consider purchasing a Power Pass in order to save some money.
Day 2: Mount Vernon
Your bearings made, spend today in Mt. Vernon, the land of America’s first president, general George Washington. A half-day tour of the mansion and farm of this widely-loved icon will give you a good sampling of the beautiful Virginian land and how life was lived those two-hundred odd years ago. Take lunch and consider spending the afternoon shopping in Georgetown, before heading back to DC for a relaxing and scenic dinner cruise.
Day 3: Relax and Sightsee
With so many things to do in DC, you might be feeling overwhelmed, but there’s no reason to (you’re on vacation, after all!). Washington DC will share its majesty with you whether you’re taking a morning jog down the famous Potomac, or Segwaying your way through its many monuments, or stopping in on some of its famous restaurants and bars. The Round Robin bar in the Willard Hotel is famous for its history of notable guests, knowledgeable bartenders, and tasty mint juleps. Highly recommended.