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Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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For a great way to get started seeing all D.C has to offer take the DC by Foot free walking tour. The tour is quick and points out the most popular sites in the area. The guides are funny and won’t bore you with a history lecture. It is great for adults who like history and fun enough that kids won’t get bored. There is no need for reservations because the guides will take any number of people on the tour. It starts that the Washington Monument around 6 pm each day. The guides are volunteers, usually students, and they work for tips. Be prepared to see the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Wall. The tour lasts about 2 hours so make sure to bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

If walking sounds too tiring take a tour with the City Segway Tours of Washington, DC. Segways are easy to maneuver around the city and safe. Your tour guide will help fit you with a helmet and teach you how to ride it in under 5 minutes. The guides are very knowledgeable about the history of Washington as well as what is happening now. They are very friendly, funny and will make sure everyone is having a good time. Make sure to bring a camera because there are many opportunities for photos during the tour.

The Washington National Cathedral is a huge building with Gothic designs and is the sixth largest in the world. It is a great place to view the city and perfect for taking pictures. There is a tour free of charge that will take you around the cathedral and show you where to get the best photos. Right next to the cathedral is the Bishop’s Garden that is a nice place to walk around and take pictures.

The U.S. National Arboretum is an oasis in the city where you can bike along the trails, picnic in the grass or just relax with a good book under the huge tress. Bring your camera because there are all types of flowers, plants and wildlife throughout the park. Each plant and flower is also labeled to tell you what it is. There is also a research museum where scientists work to create new plants and flowers.

For anyone interested in the media a visit to Newseum is a must. You will learn about how the media developed over the years and the role it played for presidential campaigns and how it is used today to help shape public opinion. There are staff members throughout the museum to answer any questions and give you great insight into the history of the media. There are even pieces of the Berlin wall and old newspapers reporting on everything from the Boston Tea Part to WWII. Be sure to visit the Pulitzer Prize exhibit to view all the winners since the start of the award.
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