Say the name,
Washington, DC and travellers from Singapore to Saskatchewan
understand. It's the city we see on the 5:00 news,
it's the city associated with museums and monuments.
It's the city of kite flying and Cherry Blossom Festivals.
With it's great hotels and restaurants, things to
see and learn plus interesting shopping areas it's
a perfect girlfriends getaway or family vacation destination.
asked women who have been to Washington, DC as well
as the women who live there to offer us some trip
planning hints, tips they would give their gal pals.
We were inundated with wonderful advice. Here are
50 ways to make your trip to Washington the best it
can be. Enjoy, everybody.
in the Arts -- This is a Washington
tip that you absolutely have to include for your Journeywoman
list of tips for visitors to Washington, DC. The wonderful
National Museum of Women in the Arts
which is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively
to recognizing the contributions of women artists.
was founded in 1987 by Wilhelmina Holladay (Billie)
and is a great showcase for art by women from all
over the world. 'The permanent collection is comprised
of more than 3,000 works provides a comprehensive
survey of art by women from the 16th century to the
present, with new acquisitions
added regularly'. They also have live performances,
plus literary, music and film series. Their Museum
Shop is a great place to browse. Here is a link to
the NMWA website: http://www.nmwa.org/
(Jan, Wilmington, Delaware).
Save money --
Here is a cost saving tip for Washington, DC. If you
are flexible in your travel dates, hotels rates are
lower when Congress is not in session. Go to http://thomas.loc.gov/home/ds/
to find the schedule. As for food, I loved wandering
for nibbles on Sunday (Alanna, MA, USA).
and food -- As an avowed fan of all
things architecture-related, one of my all-time favourites
in Washington is the National
Building Museum. Go there for 3-D exhibits about
sustainability, innovative building technologies,
architectural history and ideas. In a slightly different
cultural direction, venture over to the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum, a sobering but equally
inspiring and educational experience. If you're museum-ed
out, don't miss a leisurely walk through the Hirshhorn
Museum's sculpture garden. And when you're ready
to dive in to some delicious food, head over to Dupont
Circle for a wide variety of restos and cafes
(Amit, Toronto & Montreal, Canada).
Those famous red
shoes -- Be sure to check out Dorothy's
ruby red slippers worn in the 1939 musical, The Wizard
of Oz. They are in The
American History Museum and they will always be
The weather --
My tip is to avoid travelling in the summer. Although
my trip was quite a while ago, I still remember the
incredible humidity. For me it meant hopping into
cabs for what would normally be a very short walk.
Plan to visit in the Spring for Cherry Blossom time
or the Fall for the fabulous colors (Arlene, Bradford,
Old Post Office
-- On my recent trip to Washington,
D.C., a local told me to visit the Old
Post Office for fabulous views of the city (it's
the 2nd highest structure that you can see the city
from). We walked right in and rode the elevator up
the clock tower with no waiting. The windows are large
unlike the ones at the Washington Monument. There
is a Park Ranger there to point out the sites in the
360 degree views. We got fantastic photos of the area.
There was no rush, no pre-planning, no waiting in
lines, and no crowds...a real contrast to the Washington
Monument. On the way back down, if you use the stairs,
you can see the old bells in the tower. As an added
bonus, the Post Office is a beautiful historic building
with affordable places to eat. It's located right
next to the Metro Stop at 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue.
(Julie, Birmingham, Alabama)
Be a good planner
-- Washington DC is a great walking
town, and the Metro generally gets you to the area
you want to see. The Smithsonian
Museum Complex (19 of them) are
the top free sites, but don't try to do more than
one or two a day - they're huge. If time is limited,
check their websites ahead of time and plan on what
exhibits you 'absolutely must see' first. (Carol,
El Paso, Texas, USA)
The view was magical
-- My best memory of Washington was
one September standing on the rooftop terrace of the
for the Performing Arts and looking at a beautiful
red harvest moon rise over Capitol Hill. Of course
a harvest moon is seasonal but once seen it is never
forgotten, and all of it is free! (Carol, Newcastle
view -- The W
Hotel (515 15th Street N) has a great view and
drinks on the POV Terrace. Its best at night when
all of the monuments are lit and you can see Arlington
Cemetery. (Marcia, Alexandria, VA, USA)
Tour Library of Congress
-- As a DC resident, the tour I recommend
to all my visitors is the Library
of Congress. It is by far the best in town, and
the building surpasses it's neighbors—the capitol
and the supreme court—in terms of beauty. Enjoy,
ladies! (Caroline, Washington, DC).