You can purchase tickets to the Washington Monument on the Internet before
you leave home. There is a small fee, but this will save you waiting in
line in the hot sun and will assure that you are able to see the monument
on the day of your visit. After visiting the monument, purchase tickets
for the Tourmobile at the kiosk or on the tram. It is recommended that
you take the Tourmobile to Arlington Cemetery first and afterwards visit
the remaining monuments. Save the museums for another day.
The free Bureau of Engravings tour tickets are distributed quickly each
day. It is suggested that one get in
line by 7 AM or else purchase advance tickets on the Internet to acquire
a preferred time.
Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is just a short drive 16
miles south of Washington, D.C. and makes a pleasant day trip away from
the city. The drive will take about an hour so plan to leave by 8:30
AM. Upon retuning to Washington, one has time to take a bus trip to
the National Cathedral for sightseeing and photos.
Ford Theater (Metro:
one wants to visit the White House and obtain a congressional tour of the
Capitol, planning must begin months in advance by contacting your local
U.S. Congressman's office. Request the forms for a tour of the White
House and Capitol. Without assistance from your congressman
you will not be able to visit the interior of the White House. While you
will still be able to see the inside of the Capitol without your
congressman's assistance, you will have to wait
in long lines.
Enforcement Officers Memorial (Metro:
tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, can be a day trip, or
seen just before or after your Washington, D.C. visit.