Decided to spend 4th of July in our nations capital. Stayed at Sheraton near Foggy Bottom (odd name for a district). Hotel is within easy walking distance of many restaurants, comedy clubs, Embassies and of course THE MALL. Walking past the university, State Department and down a gentle slope to the amazing Lincoln Memorial which is almost religious experience. From there you look down a reflecting pond and beyond to the MALL with the Washington Monument. It is quite a walk from one end to the other but doesnt really seem all that far with all there is to see. I spent several days touring the Capital building, got to go on tour of the White House which is steeped in our nations history and a must see if at all possible when in DC. ( Be sure to note dress requirements and what you can and can not bring with you).
In the evening, taking a stroll past the many Emabassies, noting the multitude of cameras in every tree, bush, on every building actually leaves you feeling pretty safe.
A must see is the famous Dupont Circle with its many shops, diners and restaurants where people watching is a main past time.
There are so many things to see but I believe everyone should visit the Holocaust Museum, it will bring a tear to your eye no matter your religious beliefs.
If you're feeling adventurous, you must try the Segway tour of DC. It is a laugh a minute watching people try to learn to control those beasts. No trip to DC is complete without taking the DUCK boat tour, guides are amazing, funny and you get your very own "quacker". Safety wise, I found the rail system to be clean and very efficient and if trying to get around above ground, the taxi system is great. They have zone pricing which makes knowing how much you're going to have to pay ahead of time really nice.
Take time to make the trip over to Arlington National and watch the changing of the guard. Any body talking or laughing during the ceremony needs to be slapped. The JFK memorial is a must see.
Finally, be sure to stop for lunch and browse around the central train station, again, I nice place for people watching, relaxing and have a drink.
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