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2 day Washington DC trip, whats the best sites to see on our own

I want to be able to visit a few sites and need to know which attractions are within walking distance from each other
  • An anonymous user
     asked this on March 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
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One other thing I meant to add was don't forget to spend some time in the sculpture gardens at the National Gallery of Art as well as Hirschhorn Museum. Both are nice spots to wile away some time with a picnic or a book. I also like the Sackler and Freer Art Galleries, behind the Smithsonian "Castle." Both usually have some interesting exhibits plus are typically much quieter than some of the other blockbuster museums (incidentally, the Castle's gardens has free WiFi, should you need to hop on your laptop to check emails or anything!).
  • Alistair
     answered this on April 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
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You shouldn't have any trouble getting around -- D.C. is a very walkable city. Most of the big attractions are down on the National Mall, including the Smithsonian museums like the National Gallery of Art, Natural History and Air & Space Museum. These are free, so you can pop in and out as your schedule and interests dictate. Best Metro stop for the Mall is the Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) or you can just walk down there. That could take up a good day; also walk over the U.S. Capitol and Botanical Gardens if you can. If you're here at the weekend, you might want to stroll from the Capitol to Eastern Market, where there's a weekend flea market as well as yummy breakfast burritos at the Cafe Salvador. If you're not too burned out, another day could be spent by walking from the White House down to the Vietnam Memorial and Lincoln Memorial, and then over toward the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial. This route will also bring you round past the Holocaust Museum, a sobering but worthy visit. One last idea would be to rent bikes (you can try the Capital Bikeshare program or Bike the Sites). This way you can knock off the monuments and memorials and then head across the Potomac to Arlington Cemetery or even all the way to Old Town for coffee or lunch. It's a really nice ride along the river.
  • Alistair
     answered this on March 31, 2012 at 03:24 PM
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