I plan to visit Washington DC September 20-25, flying into DCA. I haven't been in quite a while. I'll be visiting a friend who lives there (Tenleytown) as well as friend who is flying over from London.
While I'll be spending time with my friends, I don't know exactly how much time I'll be spending with them or what their schedules are going to be. So, I'm trying to plan for what I should do, either by myself or with my friends.
I'm hoping the weather will be decent. Late September is often wonderful in Chicago with sunny skies and low humidity. I assume, at the least, DC in late September is more pleasant than July or August.
For this many days, I assume Air BNB or VRBO is the best choice, but I'll keep an eye out for any hotel specials that pop up. I'm thinking Adams Morgan, Georgetown, or Dupont Circle would be the best areas to look.
I'm an experienced public transit user, so I assume it'll be easy enough for me to figure out the Metro, but are there any tricks or tips?
I'm blown away by the number of attractions to see in DC, so narrowing them down will be impossible. But, here's a few ideas from my early research. Keep in mind my last major trip to DC was when I was in 8th grade!
The National Gallery of Art is my only absolute must see. I assume 3 hours is barely enough to scratch the surface. Is the Phillips collection also worth a visit?
I plan to go to the Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins on September 24, I am probably going to wait until a few days before the game to get tickets as I don't know if either of my friends will be going and I want to keep an eye on the weather forecast. I don't mind paying good money for tickets, but if it's likely to be rained out, I don't want to pay top dollar for tickets and then find myself eating them if I'm on a plane home the next day.
I'd like to see the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, perhaps at night. I remember being blown away as a young 8th grader. I assume both monuments don't really take a lot of time. I wasn't impressed with the Vietnam Memorial when I saw it the first time, I'm not quite sure if I'll like the FDR memorial since I initially didn't agree with showing him in a wheelchair and I understand the Washington Monument is closed, but I can see it from outside.
A few other ideas I had was to email Senator Duckworth and see if I can get a capitol tour. Worth it? I decided against the White House tour since it seems the security is insane and you don't see much. The Bureau of Printing and Engraving was quite interesting to my younger self and I did love the Bank of England museum in London. The National Archives is also of interest. Finally, I know there are numerous Smithsonian museums so I'll have to do further research, but feel free to suggest your favorites. I am a 'museum person.'