Washington DC, USA 23rd Jul – 26th Jul

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
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Trip End Apr 02, 2014


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Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Introduction

Washington DC is the capital of the USA and is a city filled with museums and monuments. Our first impression of Washington was that it is a new and clean city made up of a generally professional population. The city has much to offer in regard to shopping, dining and nightlife.
 

Highlights


National Mall


The national mall is the main tourist area of the city. We spent a couple of days exploring the following museums, memorials and monuments within the mall:


Lincoln Memorial


A huge memorial built to honour Abraham Lincoln. The building contains a large seated sculpture of the man himself and the inner walls display the scripts of his famous speeches.


World War II memorial


Another huge memorial dedicated to Americans that served in World War II. The memorial consists of many pillars, each one dedicated to a state in America.


Washington Monument


A huge stone monument dedicated to George Washington. Unfortunately we were unable to get near it as it is still under repair from damage that was caused during the Virginia earthquake.


National Art Gallery


A large collection of various arts spread across several buildings


American Indian Museum


Provided us a good insight to the past, present and future of the indigenous North and South American people.


Air and Space Museum


An interesting collection of aircrafts and an insight into space and space travel.


Museum of American History


A great collection of objects that tells the story of the USA.


Old Post Office Tower


Washington DC has a strange law that no building can be taller than the width of the street that it is on. This allowed us a fantastic panoramic view of the federal buildings from the top of the Old Post Office Tower and best of all it was free!


The Whitehouse


A visit to Washington would not be the same without a visit to the Whitehouse. Unfortunately you cannot get anywhere near it, but it was a good experience all the same.


Food & Drink



Favourite Local Dish:
Pilsbury Dough!


International McDonalds Meal:
Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder


Local Beer:
DC Beer


Accommodation


Studio apartment right in the centre, 4 blocks away from the White House. We booked through airbnb.com. Was great to be able to cook again!


Expenses


Meals: $3-$6

Alcohol:  $6-$12

Transport: $2.50 Train

Average Daily Spend per person: $55

Transport there for both of us: $30

Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $350




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