Visiting Washington at Christmas

The US Capitol
The US Capitol

After my visit to New York City, I took a bus that wound its way through New Jersey and Delaware on its way to Washington, DC.

My visit to the District came only a couple of days before Christmas, so the city was in holiday mode, with large Christmas trees placed throughout the downtown core.

Washington is a very walkable city, with the great majority of its touristy sites built in a central core, on and just north of the National Mall. The Linconl Memorial lies at the West end of the Mall, while the US Capitol Building is at the East end. The White House is North of the Mall.

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While the city is walkable, you’ll still need to bring some good walking shoes.‚ Between the Capitol steps and the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall spans ‚ 3 km. The area sprawls out, but with every few hundred meters, you’ll come across an important building, great architecture or one of the many museums opened to the public.

As you can see on the map above, the city is well-served by a convenient Metro system. The system works well and gets you where you need to go quickly and efficiently. All of the stations feature a similar design structure, with the arching roof above the tracks.

A typical Metro station
A typical Metro station

Head north of the mall and you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants to enjoy. I recommend RFD Washington, a solid pub with lots of beers on tap and good food. 14th street also features a number of well-regarded restaurants.

I spent most of my time wandering through the downtown core with my camera in hand. Here’s a few shots of some of the more important landmarks.

The North Side of the White House
The North Side of the White House
South Side of the White House
South Side of the White House
The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
The Canadian Embassy enjoys a place of prominence on Pennsylvania Ave
The Canadian Embassy enjoys a place of prominence on Pennsylvania Ave
The Mall at Christmas
The Mall at Christmas
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The View from the Lincoln Memorial
The View from the Lincoln Memorial
The National Christmas Tree, just south of the White House
The National Christmas Tree, just south of the White House
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