Whenever I visit the United States, I’m always struck by the unmistakable sense of a nation fully aware of its size and importance in the world. Everything always seems that little (or sometimes that lot) bit bigger than everywhere else in the world. Whether it is the size of the cars, many of which do a good impression of a tank; the food and drink portions which explain why American personal trainers are never out of work; or even the breadth of the seats on trains, which having been a London commuter for eight years always turns me green with envy; America is a country which doesn’t do things by halves.

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Photo by Phil Ostroff via Trover

For many visitors to the States their first stop might include a visit to New York, where America’s enormity smacks you right in the face in the shape of Manhattan’s peerless skyline. For me, however, the American city which really oozes with strength and power is Washington D.C. I first visited Washington D.C. around ten years ago, on a beautiful train trip down from New York where I’d spent a few nights. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first but on arrival I soon realised there were a great range of things to do in this historic city.

For those of a political persuasion, the obvious first port of call is a trip to Capitol Hill, the seat of the world’s most powerful parliament. Being a particularly libertarian parliament, it is possible not only to enjoy the splendid architecture that culminates in the Capitol Building’s mighty white dome from the outside, but also from the inside too. Furthermore, for those real political anoraks it is even possible to observe the US Senate in action. I’ll never forget listening to an impassioned speech by Hilary Clinton and I can’t help but wonder if, therefore, I will one day be able to say I heard an American President speaking live, only meters away from me. Other sights of political interest include the Lincoln Memorial complete with beautiful engravings at which you can’t help but reflect, and of course the White House itself – although for obvious reasons you can’t always get very close to it or have the opportunity for an extensive internal tour of this iconic family home, unless you have some pretty impressive connections of course!

Away from politics, other things to do in Washington D.C. include a visit to one of the many museums the city has to offer, such as the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Air and Space Museum. Oh, and did  I mention that Washington, D.C. also has fantastic bars and live music venues which provide great spots to rest after a day spent soaking up the grand atmosphere that prevails throughout one of the grandest capital cities in the world?

So if you like history, politics, and working out how the world works, why not consider a trip to Washington, D.C. in one of the many hotels? I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

Disclaimer: I am a writer for Hipmunk and am currently working on the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project.

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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