Must-see spots in Washington in a one-day visit

Not all humans have queens, but all of them know a Pop queen at least.

I have learned from Humans a lot about their religious beliefs and deities, many of them mention immortality at some point, but then I heard about Cher. Nothing to do with religion but Humans believe that she will live forever. So I wanted to go and meet her in person.

I feel really interested in Human Pop culture, I´m curious about their movies and famous singers. So I heard Cher was giving concerts in Las Vegas and Maryland so I decided to go and make a full trip to Canadien cities: Montreal and Quebec and later New York and Washington to then pass to Oxon Hill, Maryland. It was a trip for eleven marvelous and exhausting days and I got to know many really cool places in my way.

Cher concert was at 8:30 pm so I got around 12 hrs to visit Washington, which I also was interested to visit as I saw the movie Mars attack and laughed a lot about how they pictured Martians. I have been to Mars many times and they are really peaceful guys, but I’ll write about that later.

I really recommend you to stay longer in D.C. if you can because it´s bigger than it seems in movies and there are lots to do in this nice city.

What to do in 1day in Washington, DC

Take the free tours!

I always book free tours to whatever city I travel to, I consider this a very good option as you only have to tip the touring guy and usually they win the tip by recommending cheap places to visit or free spots to see the entire city, where to eat, etc. Besides, you´ll get around two hours of historic information by walking the city and usually meet cool people that are travelers just like you.

The tour that I took is called Historic Georgetown Walking Tour by Freetoursbyfoot, this is not exactly Washington but its just beside it, 20 minutes by bus and you’ll get from downtown to the meeting point. The tour is around two hours and you get to meet the diverse architecture and history of the place that formed D.C, that´s why I consider important to see this before the capital city of USA.

Georgetown walking tour by your own

If you don’t want to take the guided tour I suggest going to Georgetown University, it has beautiful architecture and you get all the student vibes. Also, I suggest to get a map from the internet and spot the Kennedy houses, you may have seen them in different movies or series.

Where to eat in Georgetown

The girl from the free walking tour recommended a place that I couldn’t resist not going, it´s called Martin´s Tavern.  This place is where many of the presidents of USA went to have dinner or a drink while they were either a student in Georgetown or already having a position in the government as Congressman or Economics leaders.

Martin´s Tavern

The food was tasty and affordable, all with the beer it was around 17 USD; which for the prices in the city full of rich Humans, it´s very cheap.

I got to be seated in the Rumble seat, but you are handed a menu and a paper that mentions all of the presidents who have been in the Tavern and where they used to seat.

P.S. Here´s where Jackie Kennedy got proposed by John F. Kennedy!

Capitol Hill & Library of Congress tour

After having a beer and a good meal go back to D.C. and with the same touring company, I recommend taking the free walking tour: Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Tours. This should be a must in your schedule as it´s incredible all of the information that the guide can give you. It´s important to mention that in all of the buildings they have airport security so, not liquids, sharp objects, etc.

First, they take you to the Supreme Court Building and explain to you what´s the facade shows and how the democratic system works in this country.

Inside the Library of Congress

After the Supreme Court, you´ll be guided to enter the Library of Congress. They will explain to you that this Library was created with the personal collections of Thomas Jefferson books as there was a big fire caused by the British to the Public Library back then.

Believe me, it´s totally worth it to go inside, you´ll find they have the first ever printed document (around 500 years ago) by a Human named Johann Gutenberg, a big book written over 2,000 years ago to the religion he and the majority of Humans believe in, Christianity.

Not only that, they are many exhibitions so check their webpage when you plan your visit to take a keen amount of time to visit the one you are interested in. Also, save enough time to check out the amazing design on the inside

After a few minutes (really you need to rush it, it´s just 20 minutes) on the inside of the library, you will then be guided to Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Hill

If you go here by your own, ask for the docent-led visit; if you go with the tour I recommended, the tour guide will give you the ticket and tell you where to make the line. The free walking tour ends here, give a nice tip 🙂

The docent-led tour is really complete as you can ask questions and they´ll guide you for 45 minutes and explain to you all of the art in the inside sculptures, paintings, and the amazing dome.

I was kind of afraid to enter the building as everyone told me their current country leader doesn´t like aliens, and that he believes Americans are a better race. Funny to hear that, in my planet, we have the belief that no matter what planet or Galaxy you are from, every individual has a particularly good thing to give or share with others and that makes us all the same; no one is better or worse that one another… I guess that, as we understand how tolerance works, that may be the reason Humans call us a superior race… it might be.

Lincoln Memorial and Washington monuments

After the Capitol, you have either the option to walk really a lot or either take an Uber (cheaper than taxies). I found out transportation is not really easy or cheap here, as everyone has got a car, there are few buses. I did Uber all the time and used the Uber pool option to try to get a lower price.

So once you get to the other side of the National Hall you can read many of Lincoln´s writings in the walls of his Memorial and understand more about his ideas on equality.

And then walk along the little ducks that live and swim in Washington´s Monument. Sit here for a while and try to remember all of the times you´ve seen all of these buildings and monuments in movies before. I couldn´t stop thinking on Forrest Gump and how much did Jenny actually walk to hug him while he was giving his speech… she was fast!  

The White House

And of course, no visit to Washington D.C. could be completed without taking a walk in front of the place where the nation´s leader lives. 

Ok… I didn´t get that close to the house as they were some protests going on, and I was in a hurry to get to the concert already. But it looks really pretty from far away anyway 🙂

After that, I went to the concert in Oxon Hill, Maryland (also by Uber pool) and I have to say it was SO COOL!

I can say that people in Washington don´t have the same mentality as their president and they were always nice and kind to me, really helpful whenever I needed directions, they didn´t mind I was a little alien trying to get to know about their culture and history.

I found you find this guide truly helpful and if you like it I invite you to share on Facebook. If not… well, you watched Mars attacks… jk! 😛

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