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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour
"Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley TourBoard your trolley at any of its 20 stops throughout Washington DC and use your included guidebook to help plan your day. Travel three different routes and listen to onboard commentary on the sights you pass hopping on and off as often as you like. Since the trolleys run every half hour from morning to evening they're a convenient way to get around the city and cover all the must-do sights! This is DC's only trolley with GPS Tracking! You can find the your next trolley arrival nearby trolley stops and there is even a call-in feature. No phone app is required! Maximize your time on the trolleys with the use of this tool.There are three different trolley routes (see Itinerary for a complete list of stops):National Mall and Downtown ( as well as the Lincoln Memorial Washington Monument
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Washington DC Private City Tour
"It's a very fast-paced city tour around Washington DC for 4 hours with your own private driver guide who will give you all the basic information about the monuments and areas you will see on this tour. Get even more personalized by selecting a multi-ling Supreme Court Library of Congress Ullyses Grant MemorialUnion Station Pennsylvania Avenue The White House
From $90.00
 
Half Day Customized Private Tour of DC by Limo or Mercedes Sprinter
"Pick up available inside DC Beltway (including hotels and private residences) Alexandria Arlington Fairfax Bethesda and Chevy Chase.Customize your tour from our list of popular DC sites and landmarks including: US Capital Library of Congress
From $350.00

Seasons Tips (13)

Visit during Christmas

Favorite thing If you have the opportunity to visit during the holidays, do so. You'll be there on the rare occassion where most locals are away from DC with very few visitors are here.

The holidays are a special time to enjoy this city especially while strolling on a crisp winter day.

The holiday decorations are so nice, check out the Christmas trees (each state represented), found here at the Mall.

Fondest memory DC all decked out for the holidays.

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Gypsystravels
May 08, 2015

Cherry Blossoms

Favorite thing I think this season is not so easy to predict. We arrived in DC during the second week of April. I was told by locals that I would be too late for cherry blossoms. Much to our delight, we weren't. The cherry trees were in full bloom around Capitol Hill.

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karenincalifornia
May 23, 2006

Thank you , Japan!

Favorite thing There is really no better season to visit Washington DC than cherry blossom time. The first trees were a gift from Japan, where cherry blossom viewing is an annual national pastime every spring.
The ideal place to see cherry blossoms in Washington DC is along the Tidal Basin looking across toward the Jefferson Memorial.

Fondest memory The best thing about cherry blossom time is the overall atmosphere of socializing as well as relaxation. It's great to see people in such a festive mood, one could say it is almost like being in Daytona Beach during spring break. Yet there are also quiet corners for silent reflection, so it suits all personalities.

I was hugging young college coeds that I didn't know and posing for pictures with people from places I never heard of. (Of course wearing my "sharp dressed man" Italian suit helps grab even more attention.)

Cherry blossom time is always among the fondest memories for anybody who has lived in the Washington DC area and it will be the highlight of your visit if you plan your capital vacation accordingly.

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Confucius
Jun 19, 2005

Cherry Blossoms in the Spring

Favorite thing If you can time your visit correctly, you should try to get to Washington when the cherry trees are in full blossom! We really enjoyed the colour and sense of spring that they provided!

Fondest memory The beautiful warm weather and the cherry blossoms!

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Bwana_Brown
May 13, 2003
 
 
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DC In May- way too crowded on the mall

Favorite thing I love all the historic sites, monuments and memorials of Washington DC, along with many other people who have been there- however I went in mid- May, and despite the beautiful weather- found it is not a great time for a serious tourist, history buff and museum goer like myeslf to visit- as the mall is so overcrowded with school groud on field trips- thousands and thousands of kids everywhere, many can be loud, and run all over. Nothing against kids- but it's too much, they take over. It's hard to relax and really take things in, to stand still for awhile in a Smithsonian Museum and read all the info that goes with a display. There are lines going into some museums, and it was irritating waiting in line to look at the displays at the Natl. Archeives, waiting for some people in front of me to try to read every line of the Constitution and Declaration Of Independence.. People are lined up before 7:00 am to go up in the Washington Monument, tickets sold out by 8:00. The better hotels and restaurants near the mall are jammed with people too. My tip is for serious adult tourists and history buffs who really wants to see things in depth is to not visit DC this time of year- or maybe go after Memorial Day weekend when school is pretty much over. I understand a very nce time of year to go when it's realatively incrowded is late Oct. early Nov. and the weather is still nice. I still enjoyed visit, and I love the city- will definitely go back.

Fondest memory I have several- Being inside the Capitol Rotunda, the portraits of the Presidents at the Natl. Portrait Gallery, the fountains of the WWII memorial at night- eating good seafood at waterfront restuarants on the Potomac, the FDR memorial, and the selection of imported beers at the Brickskeller in Dupont Circle.

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rdney99
May 28, 2007

This beautiful city changes...

Favorite thing This beautiful city changes its charms every three months with the seasonal changes. I love every single one of them, but spring and fall are my favorites. During the spring the city’s famous cherry blossoms and all other trees with flowers decorate the parks and streets of Washington. During fall the city dresses in red, yellow, brown, orange and green, it is spectacular.

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witou
Sep 07, 2002

D.C. is at its most beautiful...

Favorite thing D.C. is at its most beautiful in the spring. Not only are the famous cherry blossoms in bloom, but the city is awash in petals of all kind. Drive up Connecticut Avenue by Chevy Chase Circle and see all the dogwoods (soon to be extinct due to a disease) and forsynthias. The grass turns green and people come out in droves to throw frisbees or footballs around the Mall.

Fondest memory Most people don't seem to pay attention to it, but a lot of movies are filmed in Washington. My fondest memory is walking in Georgetown one summer evening and happening onto a film crew. My mother was up visiting from Florida, and was taken by the moment. Suddenly, the director asked for some extras to walk away from the camera as the protagonist closed in. My mother volunteered herself and me, and we became part of the movies. Stardom awaited us! Or so we thought. When the movie came out, we ended up on the cutting room floor!

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AKtravelers
Aug 25, 2002

Fall foliage...

Favorite thing This is me sitting across the street from the OAS building and right in front of a nicely fall-colored tree. I took this picture because in Mexico we're not used to seeing the trees turn their leaves into these wonderful colors, and it looks very nice!

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Laura_Mexico
Aug 24, 2002

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"Neither American nor European City :-)"
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"Washington DC"
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"Washington D.C."
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"MY HOMETOWN"
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"My Hometown"
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My fondest memory of...

Favorite thing My fondest memory of Washington would either be visiting the Smithsonian Institute's wonderful museums or simply walking on the National Mall and tidal basin area on a warm Spring day when the cherry blossems were blooming.

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Ky_Happy_Dad
Aug 24, 2002

Watch the fireworks on...

Favorite thing Watch the fireworks on Independence Day (July 4th). Nobody does it better. Every year, I sit with thousands of my closest friends next to the Washington Monument and watch the fireworks explode over the Lincoln. It's astounding.

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DrewV
Aug 24, 2002

There is something for...

Favorite thing There is something for everyone. For those of you into the american history and government, the White House, The Capitol, The National Archives, all in Downtown and within walking distance of each other are a must. For those into the culture and the arts, the are the National Gallery, the Smithsonian Museums, the Hirschorn Museum, etc. For dinner and nighlife, the area near the MCI center Downtown, Dupont Circle area, and Adams Morgan area, all offer good restaurants and bars/clubs. And for the active, there are running,, bicycling, skating trails all over the place. Other activities include the interesting tours of the FBI and the Pentagon, touring the National Arboretum, or the Arlington Cemetery and the monuments.

Fondest memory November 1997, I had just moved to the area from Puerto Rico. Sixteen inches of snow fell. Everything was white, with the monuments sticking out between the white snow and the blue sky.

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Dodin
Aug 24, 2002

Cherry Blossom Festival

Favorite thing This is certainly an excellent time to visit the city and see it in a beautiful setting. I stumbled on to it by accident, but was certainly glad to see it, especially on a nice sunny day. Every Spring, the cherry trees in the city blossom and make a brilliant display. Usually, it happens around the beginning of April. Of course it can vary depending on what the winter was like. The best place to see the cherry trees are all around the tidal basin and some areas of the National Mall. Even the Capitol Building and Supreme Court building had some cherry trees nearby. it is really amazing when the wind blows the petals from the trees and makes it almost appear like it is snowing. There are those who say this is even better than the 4th of July experience in this city.

Fondest memory Being here at the right time and the right place.

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sswagner
Jan 20, 2005

Things to Do Near Washington D.C.

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Georgetown

We finished our day in Georgetown by visiting two very different historic cemeteries located quite close to one another. The first, Oak Hill Cemetery, was founded in 1848 on a 15-acre plot of land...
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Watergate Complex

The Watergate Complex will forever be linked with the scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. The complex itself is made up of five buildings, i.e. one office building, three...
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Dumbarton Oaks

This fabulous estate dates back to the 19th century and it belonged to Robert and Mildred Bliss. Robert Bliss was an American diplomat who had graduated from Harvard University and, while they were...
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Kennedy Performing Arts Center

Be sure to go on the Kennedy Center webpage and be on the lookout for free things to do here. Just today the 20th of March I attended a free Concert by Punjabi MC an Indian DJ who combine hip hop with...
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Islamic Mosque & Cultural Center

This great Mosque was founded in 1947 during President Truman's term in office, and it is the very first Mosque to be built in the nation's capital. It came about after the sudden death of a Tursking...
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Woodrow Wilson House

After he left office in 1921, President Thomas Woodrow Wilson retired to a beautiful house near what was to become Embassy Row. He lived there for 3 years until he passed way peacefully in February...
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