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Must-Sees in a Day in Washington, DC

I love the idea of Cher: how people consider her the queen of Pop, a queen in general, or even a deity in some cases. When I heard Cher was going to be performing in Maryland, I decided to make a quick trip to Oxon Hill, Maryland and its neighbor, Washington, DC.

Cher’s concert was at 8:30 pm, so I was able to have around 12 hrs to visit Washington! I really recommend you to stay longer than a day in D.C. if you can. It’s bigger than it seems in movies and there’s so much to do in this nice city.

6 Things to Do in a Day in DC

Historic Georgetown Walking Tour

I always book free tours in whatever city I travel to. I consider them a very good option, as you only have to tip the touring guy (who usually give you great recommendations on additional things to do in the area). You’ll learn tons of historic information by walking the city and usually meet cool people that are travelers like you.

I took the Historic Georgetown Walking Tour by Freetoursbyfoot. Georgetown is not exactly Washington, DC, but its just beside it. A 20 minute bus ride will get you from downtown to the meeting point. The tour is around two hours and you get to see the diverse architecture and history of the unique Georgetown area.

If you don’t want to take the guided tour, I suggest going to Georgetown University. It has beautiful architecture and you get all the student vibes. Also, get a map from the internet and find the Kennedy Houses – you may have seen them in different movies or series.

One of the buildings at Georgetown University, just outside Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

Eat in Georgetown

My tour guide recommended eating at Martin’s Tavern, which I couldn’t resist. Many US Presidents and other politicians have visited Martin’s Tavern, making it a DC staple.

Dinner and a Drink at Martin's Tavern in Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

The food was tasty and affordable, costing around $17 for food and a beer all with the beer (a low cost for DC). I got to be seated in the Rumble seat. You are handed a menu and a paper that shows you where visiting Presidents have sat in the Tavern.

P.S. Martin’s Tavern is where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie!

Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Tour

After having a beer and a good meal, go back to D.C. and take the free walking tour of Capitol Hill & Library of Congress (with the same touring company). This should be a must in your schedule, as the guide can gives you all sorts of incredible information. All federal buildings feature tight security, so no liquids, sharp objects, etc. are allowed.

First, the tour takes you to the Supreme Court Building and explains the facade features and how the democratic system works in this country.

The Supreme Court Building sitting behind a red flower plant in Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

After the Supreme Court, you’ll be guided to the Library of Congress. They will explain that the Library was created with the personal collections of Thomas Jefferson books, as there was a big fire at the Public Library caused by the British back then.

It’s totally worth it to go inside! You’ll see first ever printed document printed by Johann Gutenberg, a copy of the Christian Bible.

The exterior of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

Not only that, there are many exhibits. Be sure to plan enough time to see the exhibits you’re interested in. Save enough time to check out the amazing design on the interior.

The ornately decorated interior of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

Capitol Hill

If you go to Capitol Hill by yourself, ask for the docent-led visit. If you go with the free waking tour, they’ll give you a ticket and tell you where to join the line. The free walking tour ends here, so give a nice tip.

The docent-led tour is very thorough. The tour is 45 minutes and docent’s explain the Hill’s art, including sculptures, paintings, and the amazing dome.

Capitol Hill sitting under a cloudy sky in Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monuments

After the Capitol, walk, take public transit, or Uber to the National Mall.

The Lincoln Memorial sits on one side of the Reflecting Pool of the National Mall. You can read many of Lincoln’s quotes about equality on the walls of his Memorial.

A marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln keeping watch over the National Mall from his monument in Washington, DC. | Girls Who Travel

After visiting the Lincoln Memorial, walk along the little ducks that live and swim in the Reflecting Pool. Sit and gaze at the Washington Monument for a while and try to remember all of the times you’ve seen all of these buildings and monuments in movies before (Like Forest Gump!). The Washington Monument sitting behind the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial in the National Mall in Washington, DC | Girls Who Travel

The White House

And of course, no visit to Washington D.C. could be completed without taking a walk in front of the place where the nation’s leader lives. A view of the White House through the back garden with a clear blue sky above | Girls Who Travel

I wasn’t able to get that close to the house, as they were some protests going on and I had a concert to get to. But it looks really pretty from far away anyway 🙂

Lic Galaxia

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