More about Washington D.C.
"Circulator" buses are an excellent way to get around the city.
The Metro is also excellent for those places further afield in
Washington DC. A day pass costs approximately $9 and most single
journeys are $1.60.
The National Mall
As Washington D.C. has evolved it has become a
fascinating destination, full of wide open spaces, grand memorials,
fabulous neoclassical architecture and acres of parks all over the
city. The National Mall is an area of parkland (flanked by
Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue) that runs for
over two miles from the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill to
Lincoln Memorial. It forms the main centre of attractions, with
many of the main sights and landmarks located close by.
An absolute must for anyone visiting Washington is a trip
to the Smithsonian Institution - the world's largest museum complex
with 19 museums and nine research centres, as well as the
national zoo. There is no cost to enter the museums of the
Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is located on the National
Among the many other sights worth visiting are the many
memorial sights located throughout the city, including Arlington
National Cemetery, the largest burial ground in the United States
that includes the grave of JFK, the D.C. War Memorial and Lincoln
The White House
The three houses of government in Washington are all
worth visiting. The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue. While it is only possible to tour the White House by prior
arrangement, the White House Visitor Centre on the corner of 15th
and E is open daily from 7:30am to 4:00pm.
The US Capitol building, home of the Senate and the House
of Representatives, is open to visitors and is free to tour (you
must book in advance). The US Supreme Court is the highest judicial
authority in the United States, located at One 1st Street. It is
possible to visit the court and enjoy a tour, including a lecture
about court proceedings, when the court is not in session, or to
watch a case being argued when the court is in session (although
seating is limited and queues are likely).