Besides New York City , this city is the “Mother of All 30 Plus Teams Tours.”
It’s the city that’s all about the three M ‘ s – Museums , Monuments , and Memorials .
It’s that city that isn’t a state , but it just happens to be the capital of the United States .
It’s Washington , DC .
This of course , is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , so it’s all about the sports in town also .
Just like politics, they take their sports VERY seriously here.
It’s a sports lovers dream .
You’ve got four teams to choose from .
There’s the Wizards in basketball , the Capitals in hockey , and the Nationals in baseball .
It’s very much about football in this town .
In a place where politics dominates EVERYTHING, it’s not that surprising that politics are going to creep into your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC .
The football team is called the Washington Redskins .
Some people would like it if the team would change their name to something other than a name that some folks find very offensive .
Other folks just wish that the people who are complaining about the team name would just shut up and go away so that they can enjoy watching football .
You aren’t here to get into a name debate of the football team though.
You might not even like football and came to see one of the other pro teams in town .
More than likely , though , you’re here to see what the city is famous for .
All those monuments , memorials , and museums .
Don’t forget to bring that camera with you.
Washington DC is a photographer’s dream , and you just know that you’re going to be posting a lot of Washington DC on Instagram .
Please remember though, that when you visit some of the places that the city is famous for , show some respect.
They’re memorials .
Definately respect them.
There are lots of museums that are free here.
Even the National Zoo is free, and don’t tell me that you don’t want to check out those adorable Panda Bears.
Where in town will you go first?
No matter what neighborhood , bring those sneakers with you.
This is a very walkable town, so don’t be surprised if you see lots of joggers.
They might even be your local senator or congress person .
Of course the neighborhoods that you’ll want to see are Capital Hill, Georgetown , Dupont Circle , the area around the White House , and maybe even the Washington DC Waterfront .
How about visiting the neighborhoods that tourists rarely , if all visit?
Put U Street , Adams-Morgan, Anacostia , or the Eastern Market on your list of neighborhoods to visit .
If you happen to come into town by Greyhound , Megabus or Amtrak train , check out the newly renovated Union Station , one of the largest terminals in the country .
You could get yourself a day pass when you take the Washington Metro.
By the way , don’t call it the subway, it’s the Washington Metro and you’ll be surprised how clean it is.
Better yet , do what the good citizens of DC do.
Get yourself a reloadable Smart Card and get ready to see as many monuments , memorials , and museums as you can.
Just remember to hold onto your Smart Card because you’ll need it not only to enter the train station , but to exit it as well .
Don’t think you can see all these attractions in one trip to DC.
You can’t , so don’t even think about it .
Get yourself a guidebook before you arrive and make a list of attractions that you really want to see .
Check if you need timed tickets , which are free in some cases, but because some of the museums get very crowded, they give you a time that’s best to visit .
What should you see if you don’t have that much time?
I would suggest not only the ones that are on the National Mall like the Washington Monument , Vietnam Wall or Lincoln Monument , visit some of the museums that are part of the Smithsonian .
Their motto is, “So many museums , so little time . ”
The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian , but if you’re only in town for a day or two , the Zoo might be out of the question .
No matter what you decide to do, enjoy your stay in Washington DC , whether you’re going to watch a sporting event or if you’re going to learn a little or a lot about United States history .