Washington DC was everything I thought it would be, and also not what I thought it would be.
The monuments, sites, museums were wonderful, but the city itself...I was a little disappointed with it. I think because it was so spread out, and nothing being allowed to be built higher than Capitol Hill, it didn't feel like a city. No real atmosphere.
But saying that, the sites around Washington are amazing!! I spent 3 days there and I walked a lot of miles! And the temp was about 90 degrees every day (thankfully you could get air con at the museums).
I think the most amazing monuments, museums, memorials in Washington are:
- US Capitol
- National Air and Space Museum
- Lincoln Memorial
- Arlington Cemetery
- Holocaust Museum
- Korea War Veteran's Memorial
- Martin Luther King Memorial
- White House
There are so many tours you can do, but honestly, by foot is the easiest, though the Hop On/Off does a night tour which I would recommend. The museums are also all free. Also, make sure you get out to Arlington Cemetery for the changing of guard....very compelling and moving.
So much to see and do that you could easily spend a week in DC!