Please enjoy a recent travel review from one of our agents here at Travel Brokers, Zack Kemp.
My wife and I went to Washington D.C. on a whim because we heard the Cherry Blossoms were going to be in peak bloom.
We flew into the DCA airport which is the closest airport to the city. It is so close that there is a Metro stop connected to the airport which made for an easy transportation option to our hotel.
The Metro is the rail system used throughout the city of Washington DC. It offers fast and convenient transportation to many of the major spots in the city. Each ride costs anywhere from $2 - $2.75 depending on how far you travel. Washington DC’s activities, museums, and monuments are pretty spread out throughout the city. Using the Metro made it very easy to see all of the places we wanted to visit without having to pay hefty prices for an Uber/Lyft or without walking too much.
We stayed at the Mayflower Hotel downtown. This hotel opened in 1925 and was referred to as Washington’s 2nd best address by President Harry Truman. The hotel offers updated rooms and suites and is located right next to a metro station for easy access anywhere in the City.
Being major sports fans and specifically basketball fans, we made a point to attend a Washington Wizards basketball game while we were there. The stadium is right downtown and has its own Metro stop, which made our travel to and from the game seamless. After the game ended, we were able to get on a Metro train from the stadium and were back at our hotel within 10 - 15 minutes.
Washington DC is home to most of the Smithsonian institutes museums and archives. All of these museums are federally funded and, therefore, offer free admission. Most of the Smithsonian museums are next to each other and can all be easily accessed by foot from the Smithsonian Metro stop. We visited the American History Museum, the National Archives Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. In addition to all of the museums, the Smithsonian Institute has a National Zoo in Washington DC that is also free to visit. The zoo’s biggest attraction that most zoos do not have are the Panda Bears. We spent around 3 hours at the zoo.
The best part of the trip was seeing the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom around the Tidal Basin. They say that peak bloom only lasts for 5 or 6 days so we were very fortunate to be there during this time. The best viewing spot that we found was right in front of the Martin Luther King Memorial, but there really wasn’t a bad spot to view them all along the tidal basin.