Spend the entire day on the East side of the National Mall – from the U.S. Capitol, rising on a hill on the east end, to the Washington Monument, imposing anchor of the west end. Each side of the East Mall is lined with amazing, free, world-renown museums, many part of the Smithsonian complex, the National Botanic Garden, sculpture gardens, and statues. Add to this cluster of American treasures, the White House, just to the north of the Ellipse.
The best way to travel the just over 200 miles between NYC and Boston for a weekend getaway is by Amtrak train. It takes less time and has far less hassles than driving or flying.
Sunday, March 20th through Sunday, April 17, our nation’s capital takes on a distinct pink hue with its official 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival. Throughout the annual, month-long celebration, Washington DC embraces the beauty of the delicate flowering trees in the spirit of friendship and goodwill in which the trees were gifted by Japan in 1912. Whatever stage of pink – bright pink bud, full-on pale pink, white dusting of falling pedals – when set against a backdrop of clear blue Washington spring skies and America’s majestic monuments, Washington DC is glorious.
Hop on a Segway and for two amazing hours glide effortlessly through the spectacular National Mall. You’ll pass monuments and memorials, paying tribute to presidents and national heroes; take in the impressive architecture of museums, repositories of America’s treasures and achievements; and discover off-the-Mall hidden treasures too.
Georgetown is one of those truly interesting must-see places. It’s a historic river town graced with architectural elements of every era since its 1751 founding, and has the long-standing distinction of being the most fashionable district in Washington DC. It has it all, charming graciousness, gorgeous historic townhomes and rowhouses, wonderful shops and culinary hot spots, both old line and nouveau. An engaging way to see what lies behind the elegant façades of residences and restaurants is on a walking tour that seamlessly combines history and architecture with wonderful culinary tastings. The Gastronomic Georgetown Food Tour does just that.