If you haven't seen the monuments at night, I would recommend it. The monuments are lit up at night, and have a look and feel that is totally different from seeing them in the daytime. Unfortunately, only the monuments themselves are lit, not the pathways to get to them. So, instead of bumbling around in the dark, which is relatively dangerous, I would suggest taking a night tour. You can arrange for a guided bus tour that takes you between the different monuments and drops you off for awhile to see each one. The tours leave from Union Station, and you need to purchase tickets in order to go.
At the corner of 15th and Pennsylvannia in Downtown Washington sits the Hotel Washington. A pleasant old hotel, few people may know that they have an excellent rooftop terrace that overlooks the White House and the Washington Monument. The Views are incredible.
During the day it is a great stop to get some lemonade or ice-cream and in the evening it offers a wondeful view of Washington at night over a cocktail.
This is also a great hotel to stay at with modest prices and clean rooms.
There is no set rule to take when visiting DC. Just take your time, and try and suck in everything as you go... This place doesn't really hit you until you see the Washington Monument standing high in the air.. Then you realise you are there.
This a very quiet city. You can almost hear all the political minds working. Apart from all of the nasty things you hear about DC, I found it a place that appealed to my tastes.. I could honestly live there...
While waiting to go on my tour of the White House, I went to a bar that is across the road from the Treasury Building.. I got to talking to the barmaid, and as normal asked if I was Australian. After talking, she was rambling on about how unhappy she was and that she hated her job. I just said, well, just remember, you are about 200 feet from the most famouse house in the world... And that doesn't get any better. I then said, that you might be sick of seeing it, but many people come from around the world to see it just once. Just to look at their smiles would be enough for me!
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, is located near the Holocaust Museum. Located on 14th and C Streets, from 7:30 to 3:30 p.m., this would be a good “kid friendly” alternative for younger age children and something an adult can view while waiting for the time his ticket will admit him to see the nearby Holocaust Museum exhibits. The Bureau prints currency and postage stamps. A self guided tour shows rolls of money being printed and explains the process. Children especially like to look at the currency being printed and imagine how much it is worth.
This is another Federal Building:
THE US TREASURE BUILDING.It is located also very close to the White House.
There are several other buildings close to White House, which are Old Executive House and Treasury House.
Federal Trade Commission
There are so many great federal buildings in DC, but I thought this one was especially impressive.