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We loved our time in the US capital so much that it made our top 5 cities of 2014! After spending only 3 days in this amazing city we have come up with our top picks of what to do in Washington DC.

Where We Stayed

Carlyle Suites Hotel

Price: $438 for 3 nights

Location: We walked everywhere during our stay in DC, the hotel is in a great location and on such a cute street. We loved the architecture throughout the city and the walk from the hotel down to where all the monuments were was such a treat.




What Tours Do We Recommend?

DC by Foot: Walking Tour of the Monuments

This is a name-your-own-price walking tour. This means that once the tour is done you can pay what you think the tour was worth. The tour gave us a fuller appreciation of this amazing capital city. For around 2 hours we walked all over Washington DC, covering the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, WW2 Monument and Vietnam Memorial and many more. Being guided around DC by someone who taught us so much about this city so rich in history was unforgettable.




Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum: Its FREE

This museum holds the largest collection of historical aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals. And here’s a little fun fact – it is currently the 4th most visited museum in the world!


Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History: Again, it’s FREE

With free admission and open doors 364 days a year, it is the 2nd most visited museum in the world! The museum’s collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites and human cultural artefacts. If you love all this animals, dinosaurs and archeology you have to come visit this museum!

White House Tour: Tour of the Presidents Humble Abode

Something we did not get the chance to do, but we wish we did! Touring the White House is something that does take some planning, and a lot of patience. Firstly, you must contact the office of your Member of Congress and request tickets. You may be waiting up to 5 months to book on the self-guided tours, but we think it is well worth the wait. Who can say they had access to the country’s most important residence!


We know the list is short, but we only had 3 days in DC and these were the top of our priorities! If you only have a short time in Washington DC we now have you covered.

Have you visited Washington DC? 

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  • I love how so many of the museums in Washington DC are free. You’ve highlighted some good ones. As for me, I especially like the National Gallery of Art.

    • Ohhh we will have to add this art gallery into our list of things to do next time we head to DC 🙂

  • Beautiful photos. I’ve always wanted to go to Washington and might get the chance to visit next year. I’ll definitely use some of your tips, thanks for sharing!

  • thedennis

    What ? No mention of the Jefferson Memorial ? Nothing about Arlington National Cemetery ?

    • Jessica Valentine

      We didn’t have too much time to see everything while we were in Washington DC, however we end up back in Washington this year we will definitely check these out 🙂 Thanks

    • We did not have very much time in Washington DC and we really wanted to check out the iconic things we have always wanted to see while we had the chance. Thanks for pointing out these and if we find ourselves back in DC this year we will check them out. Thanks for the tip 🙂

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