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Washington DC Top 5 Sites Walking Tour

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Walking tours are one of my favorite things to do when I travel. During my recent trip to Washington DC, I walked one morning as dawn broke to see what I think is the best of DC. You can do my Washington DC Top 5 Sites Walking Tour in one day. Or you spend as much time as you want at each of the spots. When you are tired, take a break. Traveling isn’t a speed test or endurance race, it’s supposed to be relaxing. So go at your own pace, and enjoy the day!

You Set the Pace – My Washington DC Top 5 Sites Walking Tour

Pace yourself there are lots to see in Washington DC. Don’t try to do it all in one day. (I had a crazy day doing it as fast as I did it.) I recommend Walking this at your own pace.

Starting Point

One place I didn’t get to see was the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing tours. It’s a fascinating tour. You need tickets so go early to 14th Street and get your tickets after 8:00 am each day. After all, who doesn’t like to see a money factory? The ticket will give you entrance at a specific time, so you can see these sites and maybe finish at the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing tour.

#1 National Mall

The National Mall in Washington DC is easy to get to by Metro which I recommend doing. There are always things to do and see there; you can enjoy music, speeches, and National events. The National Mall is better known for the monuments. It is part of the National Parks system, established by President Theodore Roosevelt and in 2016 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of The National Parks system.

#1 My favorite monuments at the The National Mall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Washington Monument

Korean War Memorial. Other great places to visit along the mall are:

  • Constitution Gardens
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • World War II Memorial

#2 The White House

  • Blair House – this is where visiting Dignitaries stay while in DC
  • You will walk by Eisenhower Executive Offices – Vice Presidential Offices

#3 Andrew Jackson Statue

  • It is the location for one of the best photo shots in DC

#4 Smithsonian Museums

  • Renwick Gallery
  • See the Flight to National History to Fine Art at the many building
  • The National Zoo

#5 Arlington National Cemetery

Hope You like My Favorite Photos of My Favorite Spots

Jefferson Memorial

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington Memorial

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

The Lincoln Memorial

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

The Korean Memorial

I picked this as one of my favorites because of my Uncle Bill, who served and never got the recognition he deserved, in a war that has never ended.

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 4 Sites

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

#2 White House

When I think of the White House, I think of three buildings. I think of it this way because I believe the office of the presidency is bigger than one person. I include the White House, Blair House the guest house to the White House and Eisenhower Executive Offices. All three are located within a few blocks of each other so look for all of them. If you want to take a tour of any of the buildings, you must get a ticket or ask your representative for a special admission pass and tour. The security is very high around all of these locations.

White House

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Blair House

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Eisenhower Executive Offices – Vice Presidential Offices

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

His home is not here. But, the Vice President’s Residence located on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO), the white 19th Century House at Number One Observatory Circle in northwestern Washington, D.C., was built in 1893.

#3 Andrew Jackson Statue

Across from the White House is a classic view. It is also the location for the cover shot for the post. I am listing Andrew Jackson’s statue as one of the Washington DC’s 5 Best Sites. It is the best site because people don’t know about it and the view is nostalgic. This location is an American iconic look at our history because it captures out roots from the Civil War Statue, the White House, the American flag and the Washington Monument.

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Representing War, peace and the principles of a nation

#4 Smithsonian Museums

It is hard to pick one photo to represent the entire Smithsonian because it is many buildings, housing many exhibitions. Even the National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian. Every part of the Smithsonian and all the many parts of the Smithsonian are remarkable from Flight to National History to Fine Art. I love art, so I picked Renwick Gallery. All of the Smithsonian’s are free.

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 4 Sites

#5 Arlington National Cemetery

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

Washington DC Top 5 Sites. Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC

A photo shot from Kennedy’s Eternal flame – the remembrance wall

Washington DC Top 5 Sites

the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

What Didn’t Make the List and Why

The Capital is still under construction – but, hopefully, the renovation will be done by the Presidential inauguration.

The Library of Congress – you need a special pass to enter it from your representative

The Chambers of House of Representative – I am not happy with our representatives, so it’s not on my list but, might make yours.

The Supreme Court – it’s a little further to walk for my one-day walking tour, and I had to think about how to make it a one day walking tour. On other trips to DC, I have seen the Supreme Court. I started coming here with my father when I was ten years old. DC is the first place my dad took me on a vacation when my twin brother and sister were born and we had recently moved to Connecticut. I spent more time seeing the National Mall. But, I think its a must see.

I am glad I went. Believe me, when I say, my travel will keep going back to Washington DC Top 4 Sites and many others because every time I go to DC, I am inspired.

Washington DC Top 4 Sites

Walking Tour Directions

  • Smithsonian, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial: Get off at Smithsonian Metro Stop (on Blue line).
  • White House: Farragut West Metro Stop (on Blue line). You could also walk from the Smithsonian stop up 15th street.
  • Tidal Basin/Jefferson Memorial: Smithsonian Metro Stop (on Blue line). Go at sunrise, its beautiful light and not as hot.
  • National Building Museum: Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop (Yellow line). On F and 5th street. They do cool exhibits. This summer is icebergs.
  • Georgetown: Rosslyn Metro Stop (Blue line), there is a circulator bus that will take you across the bridge to Georgetown or you can walk.
    • Visit Baked and Wired for great cupcakes,
    • See the movie location for the Exorcist stairs,
    • Walk the C&O canal towpath
  • Meridian Hill Park – U Street Metro Stop (Yellow line) 15th and W Street. Lovely, picturesque park.

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.

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