"WASHINGTON, DC ~ favorite city in US" Washington D.C. by Pawtuxet

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Springtime is the best time of the year to see Washington. You begin with the Mall which is bordered by the Capitol at one end, Washington Memorial at the other... and some of the finest mueums in the world along each side. . . The Smithsonian (which consists of too many buildings to count)... The big grassy area is often used for kite flying... and the walkways are usually filled with tourists and government workers...benches to rest...concession stands for snacks..and a carousel along the way for the kids.

The Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Museum is tough to grasp for those who have only just discovered it. One would think it would consist of only one building, when (in fact) it has dozens...and is spread all over DC as well as throughout the states. It is the largest collection in the world. Begin at the beautiful castle, and then proceed through as many buildings as you can. You'll never see all of what is located on the "mall" between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial...but you will certainly have fun trying.

check out the Doolittle guest house location!!

I love staying at the Doolittle guest house when in DC. It's just up the street from the Capitol and easy walking distance to the metro and shops/ restaurants. Look at this location!!
More info on my hotel tip.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Multi cultural, beautifully designed and landscaped, tons of free entertainment
  • Cons:Usually not enough time to see all you'd like to see
  • In a nutshell:an exciting town
  • Last visit to Washington D.C.: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2016 at 5:19 AM

    Your OK is good news, now I'll be able to keep up to date with your frequent travels and reports . The Eaglets had hatched in DC over the weekend kept bird lovers' attention ;-)))

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    I will always revisit these pages, Janet - grazie for lovely updates.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2009 at 7:40 AM

    That is amazing and curious about Eleanor Roosevelt. Love the butter photograph. Special moment! Thanks for the tour!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    My first last visit to Washington was in Springtime, the last in autumn - beautiful at any time! The Korean monument is awesome. Hope there's lots more birthday trips to come. leyle

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Great page, Janet. I particularly liked that you found Eleanor Roosevelt. We had a great time here with our granddaughter who was 12 at the time.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Thanks for the birthday greetings, and I enjoyed you DC page. I Think you might have to update a tip... The gardens just down the hill from the capitol are the US Botanic Gardens. The Nat'l Arboretum is a few miles away, to the east of the Capitol. ~Joe

  • rirose23's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Janet, I agree!. I can't wait to return. The Lincoln Memorial at night is just magnificent & I'll never forget my first sight of it. The White House is also another place I can't wait to revisit. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Rose

  • mafootje's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    After all those travels to the us i have never been there. Nice page about Washington DC

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Thanks for the postcard / photo of Einstein. It is just as I remember him. Why is that hidden?! ; ) By the way, Spring in DC is great if you can catch it. Lived there 13 years. Spring Lasts 2 days! HA!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 1:45 AM

    Nice pages Janet, we should enjoy Washington early June, hope it is not too hot.


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