Helpful Hints, Tips, and Survival Skills
1. Bring quality walking shoes
Trust me. Every guidebook, hotel, and TripAdvisor review will say it’s 5-10 minutes walk to the White House. It’s not. Add about 5-10 minutes on top of it and you should be safe.
2. Use the metro
When traveling, I love taking a metro if the city offers it. We used it a few times and you have to buy a re-loadable card at the kiosks and use it when arriving and leaving. It is convenient and easy to use.
Make sure you keep right though!!!
3. Don’t try to see everything
I am guilty of this BIG TIME. I had about six different places each day on my itinerary and in the end only made it to 2 or 3 of them. My advice is to plan out three major sites and relax as you go.
Sights to See:
1. The White House
2. The Washington Monument
3. The Lincoln Memorial
4. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
5. Arlington Cemetery
6. The Library of Congress
Old Town Trolley Tours
Price one day: $46.95
Two day: $66.95
We loved this trolley tour. Being unfamiliar with D.C. and the traffic, the tour allowed us to see the city without the stress of driving.
On any of the stops listed on the map you can hop on/hop off. This tour offers a similar tour, included in the price, of Arlington Cemetery.
The only downside is that the tour ends at 5 p.m. so make sure you are close to your hotel or a metro station.
Where we ate:
1329 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Yummy, yummy, yummy.
If you are an Italian lover like I am, this is the place for you. We walked from The White House and by the time we reached the restaurant, we were STARVING. It is a little pricey, but it was my birthday, so it allowed a little extra spending. I would recommend the fettuccine Alfredo.
2. Shake Shack
975 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Acceptable considering how hungry we were. We allowed my sister to pick our lunch and she picked the only restaurant under a bridge and over the rainbow. Our feet burned and our stomach consumed our every thought. Average grilled cheese and french fries. The views of the river made it better though.