We took the train from New York to Washington to spend a couple of days in the city before returning home to the UK. The train takes 3 hours and it’s quite cheap to book in advance (we paid about $90 each for a return ticket). The train also gave us the chance to see some of the American countryside and we also passed through Philadelphia. We wished we had more time to spend in Washington as there is so much to see and do!
- We loved the Pot Belly Sandwich shop for a quick lunch
- We had a nice and cheap meal at Chef Geoffs
We stayed at the Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard which was perfect for a couple of nights and only a short walk to the metro.
Top 5 unmissable sights for a weekend in Washington DC
1. Walking down from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial…
…it was really surreal to see it in real life after seeing it in so many films! We sat on the steps of the memorial for over an hour to take in the views of the reflecting pool as the sun went down (and to rest our aching feet!!)
2.The Smithsonian Museums are absolutely amazing…
…we only had time to visit two so we chose the Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. We’ve been to most of the famous museums in London but there was no comparison to the Smithsonian, and we spent a lot of money in the gift shops! The Imax films are well worth paying a bit extra for – and they’re narrated by famous actors.
3. If you’re a history geek like me – Frederick Douglass House is a great place to visit…
… it was a bit out of the way over in Anacostia but definitely worth doing if you have read Frederick’s famous works or are interested in the history of slavery. We had a very friendly guide who called us Mr and Mrs London, and asked us if we had ever met the Queen 😂
4. The Capitol Building is really impressive and a must see…
….unfortunately it was covered in scaffolding when we visited but it was still really impressive and the surrounding gardens are beautiful
5. Of course the White House is essential to visit!