The tourists are coming to Washington, D.C., and despite the recession I can imagine numbers will be high. Once you're here and housed, it is a remarkably cheap place to visit with the leading destinations free to the public.
So I have a request of local residents and recent visitors: what would you recommend to other newcomers? What often-missed site would you commend? What resource?
- People miss the FDR Memorial -- a shame, but it isn't close to public transit. If you have reluctant walkers, take a cab from Foggy Bottom or Farragut North Metro and use the FDR Memorial as a jumping-off point to visit the Jefferson Memorial or the Lincoln Memorial.
- The usual tour of the Holocaust Memorial is a long, emotionally-taxing experience, and -- I may get some flak here -- not for kids. Particularly sensitive souls might consider bypassing the main, time-ticketed exhibit for the children's exhibit, the remembrance hall and whatever special exhibit there is.
- The Renwick Gallery -- near the White House -- is an underrated art museum; is a part of the Smithsonian and is free of charge. Be sure to catch the demonstration de jour in Lafayette Square, adjacent.
- The National Building Museum is another fun site: right on the Metro Red Line (Judiciary Square) and a short walk from Chinatown, which offers better food options than the Smithsonian museums.
- When riding Metro, please, please, please stand on the right side of the escalator.