This 3 day itinerary includes:
Feb 3, 2018
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Ideally, you'd come to Washington DC for a whole week or more! If that isn't feasible, we suggest that you need at least 3 days in Washington DC. There is enough here to fill up your days with attractions, museums, tours, as well as great food, music, and art.
Yes, Washington DC is definitely worth visiting. There is so much culture and beautiful neighborhoods to explore. Most of the popular museums and attractions are free to check out, which can make it a budget-friendly vacation that the whole family will enjoy.
You can even take a Metro train or bus into the city from the closest of the area's three airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia. Renting a car isn't advised; D.C. is regularly ranked as one of America's worst cities for driving.
The good news: It's still not as tough to make ends meet in D.C. as in San Francisco, New York or San Jose, according to a new study. However, you will still need to earn $80,273 per year to live “comfortably” in our nation's capital.
January is usually the coldest month and is often grey, with rain or snow. On average, Washington, D.C., accumulates around 15 inches of snow per season, with most of it falling January or February. January is also the coldest month with average low temperatures regularly below freezing.
The best times to visit Washington, D.C., are from September to November and March to May. In the autumn, the sweltering summer is gone, taking with it most of the high season tourists. All that's left are crisp breezes and changing leaves, which, by the way, look great against all those marble monuments.
We help you squeeze in sights, entertainment, dining, and more. Four days is plenty of time to take in a lot of DC's top sites, like the United States Botanic Garden.
Public tours of the White House remain temporarily suspended until further notice. For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Information Line at 202-456-7041.
free of charge
Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. The White House tour is free of charge.
Anyone visiting DC can experience the history and art of the White House in person after submitting a tour request through one's Member of Congress. Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress.
It is open for official tours through the Pentagon Tours program. Pentagon tours must be reserved at least 14 days in advance and no more than 90 days in advance. Tours are conducted Monday-Thursday (excluding federal holidays) from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and from 12 - 4p.
The public tour is a good glimpse into the Pentagon, and you get to briefly see some of the displays that litter the hallways of the building. The tour guides are very competent and knowledgeable, but you just don't have time to see everything or read what you do see on the tour.
Each of the five sides of the building has 280,728 meters. The whole complex includes: the main building, numerous parking lots, 30 miles of streets and 21 bridges. In the building you will find such rooms as a library with 300,000 volumes, 284 rooms for rest, 17 restaurants, 6 cafeterias and 8 fast-food bars.
Visitor capacity is limited to 100 people. Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, all visitors over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask.
Typical tourist dress is fine. Shorts and sandals would be fine if the weather is hot. The only tour with a dress code is the West Wing tour. It has a business casual dress code (no shorts, jeans, tshirts, open toed shoes, etc etc).
Permitted Items: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches are allowed inside the White House. Photography is permitted but may not interfere with the enjoyment of other guests on the tour.
There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.