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Things to do in Washington DC

January 06, 2012  by: rekhas  Points: 12   Category: Travel & Places  Earning $0.40   Views: 550

Here are some best tips regarding things to do in Washington DC. The article includes information about sightseeing in Washington DC, attractions in the city and shopping tips.


If you are planning to visit New York City in US, you may also like to make a trip to Washington DC. It is a 45 minute to one hour via flight from JFK airport to DCA. You can also reach Washington DC from New York via bus or train. In fact, viator.com provides day trips from New York to Washington DC by bus and train. Viator's tours by bus will cost $149 per head and the train tour is around $300 per person. Both the tours include guided sightseeing, but exclude food.

Travel and Visit to Washington DC

The bus tour from New York to Washington DC is a 12-hour trip when you book a viator.com trip or any other bus tour from New York. If you drive on your own, it is the same too as it takes four and a half hours one way.

Moreover, there is usually heavy traffic on the freeways and you can never predict a good weather. It is common to face unexpected showers, rain or windy weather. Another important thing to note is the tolls on the way. If you drive on your own, you may end up paying a good amount of tolls towards Washington DC. Hence, try to take a flight for less than $100 per head. Most travelers also mention about high parking fees in Washington DC.

Packing tips for Washington DC in winter

During the end of December, you can continue to expect a bad weather condition in Washington DC. It usually rains throughout the day. Hence, carry a raincoat and an umbrella in your handbag or backpack. Also, dress in layers and wear your warm clothes. Use a waterproof spray for your shoes as prevention in case of wet weather. Wear flat footwear, preferably boots or shoes for walking while sightseeing in Washington DC. In winter, it is quite cold and windy in Washington DC. Hence, carry your sweaters and jackets without fail.

Washington DC Sightseeing in winter

You can enjoy sightseeing in Washington DC during the entire year. The city is always full with tourists. There are many memorials and museums in Washington DC. You can visit the Abraham Lincoln memorial, Vietnam and Korean memorials, Second World War memorial, Thomas Jefferson memorial and the Arlington cemetery. Then, click some photos at the Whitehouse! It is the most popular places in Washington DC. You will also see many locals who take photos of the Whitehouse while driving nearby. All these places are free and have no ticket. Maybe you need to pay some price for parking if you are driving to all these places on your own. In a bus tour, all attractions are pre-paid.

Another interesting attraction in Washington DC is the Smithsonian Air and Space museum. You may also want to visit the National Air and space museum, the natural history museum and the wax museum of the world famous Madame Tussauds.

Other attractions in Washington DC include the archives museum, Pentagon, Botanical Gardens, the Capitol building and the Supreme Court. If you are not on a tour to Washington DC but visiting on your own, you may also like to visit Georgetown, a waterfront historic place which is also a paradise for the shopping enthusiasts.

Here is another interesting tip for tourists in New York. You pay around nine percent sales tax in New York when you shop. However, if you visit the outlet malls in New Jersey, or even shop in New Jersey, especially for clothes, food and cosmetics, you pay the product price only. There is no sales tax. Hence, take a ferry, subway or bus to New Jersey and shop to your heart's content and indulge in some delicious food too. All these tips will help you plan the best vacation to Washington DC and New York on a budget.


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