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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Trip Review: What to Do in Washington DC

Besides enjoying the Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite and the great food options in the city, we also took part in a lot of activities during our visit to Washington DC. Naturally, the city has lots of museums, and they are not necessarily all government related. If you visit during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, you will have a daily list of festivities to choose from as well. Here’s a short list of what to do in Washington DC.

 

What to Do in Washington DC

Segway tours are a popular way to quickly see all the popular buildings and memorials spread through the National Mall area, and I highly recommend it unless you want to spend a long period of time at one specific attraction. We went with Private DC Segway Tours and thought they were awesome. You’ll also want to contact your local Congressman’s office months before your visit if you want to tour the White House as they will need time to try to secure you tickets. Even then, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll receive tickets. On the other hand, it’s very easy to set up a small guided tour of the U.S. Capitol Building through your Congressman’s office, and I recommend doing that as well.

 

We did a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol building

We did a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol building

Contact your local Congressman's office to arrange a tour for free. They have passes to get you into the House of Representative Gallery or Senate Chamber, and it's a one-on-one tour rather than a large group tour.

Contact your local Congressman’s office to arrange a tour for free. They have passes to get you into the House of Representative Gallery or Senate Chamber, and it’s a one-on-one tour rather than a large group tour.

Washington DC offers many Segway tour companies, but we went with Private DC Segway Tours, because they guarantee groups of 6 or less people. We only had 4 people in our tour, and the tour guides Corey and Darnelle were awesome.

Washington DC offers many Segway tour companies, but we went with Private DC Segway Tours, because they guarantee groups of 6 or less people. We only had 4 people in our tour, and the tour guides Corey and Darnelle were awesome.

We did Tour B, which was $80 a person and let us see more than enough sights, such as the Washington Monument etc.

We did Tour B, which was $80 a person and let us see more than enough sights, such as the Washington Monument etc.

Our favorite was the newest memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Our favorite was the newest memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. was literally carved out of the giant stone in the previous picture. On the stone, a great quote is inscribed, "Out of the mountain of Despair, a stone of hope."

Martin Luther King, Jr. was literally carved out of the giant stone in the previous picture. On the stone, a great quote is inscribed, “Out of the mountain of Despair, a stone of hope.”

Washington DC also boasts the International Spy Museum, which is a fun and quirky museum. The International Spy Museum offers general admission tickets or a variety of interactive spy operation packages. The museum is great, but we read bad reviews of Operation Spy online so decided to skip it.

Washington DC also boasts the International Spy Museum, which is a fun and quirky museum. The International Spy Museum offers general admission tickets or a variety of interactive spy operation packages. The museum is great, but we read bad reviews of Operation Spy online so decided to skip it.

It was the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival so we got free tickets for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony ahead of time

It was the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival so we got free tickets for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony ahead of time

If you didn't manage to get tickets ahead of time, you can also line up day of to get tickets.

If you didn’t manage to get tickets ahead of time, you can also line up day of to get tickets.

This year, the National Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony was held at the Warner Theatre

This year, the National Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony was held at the Warner Theatre

Judith Hill was the main performer this year. In previous years, musicians, such as Andy Grammer and Sara Bareilles, headlined the concert.

Judith Hill was the main performer this year. In previous years, musicians, such as Andy Grammer and Sara Bareilles, headlined the concert.

 

The Main Point

If you are the active touristy type, you won’t get bored in Washington DC. Best of all, many of the activities are free! Of our activities, we only paid for the Segway tour and the International Spy Museum. If you are on a budget, you don’t need a Segway to see all the sights along the National Mall as it’s walkable plus it will be good exercise. As for museums, many of them have free admission.

 

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