No matter how you voted this past presidential election, we can all agree that the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. is packed with must see eats, peeps, streets, and history. February temps might make you think twice before booking your ticket but with Presidents Day, Black History Month, D.C. Fashion and Restaurant Week – there’s actually no better time to celebrate the city, citizens, and forefathers who built it. CouponPal has teamed up with Expedia to give you the top 5 insider insights on how to do the District like a local this Presidents Day.
5. America The Sartorial
For all of D.C.’s draws – landmarks, living history, politics, and power – shopping hasn’t traditionally been at the top of the list. But we’re here to tell you the DMV has become hometown and stomping ground to some of the country’s most diverse and groundbreaking stylists, street bloggers, designers, and boutiques. Leave the lawyers, lectors, and lobbyists behind and make your way over to the 14th St. corridor for a string of fashion forward new and vintage shops like Mulèh, Rue 14, Treasury, Redeem along with GoodWood, Home Rule, Miss Pixie’s, and Room & Board to dress up your abode.
4. For Spacious Skies
We may not be able to change your political party but in the District world renown for architecture – a visit to Arlington House, Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon Estate (where the original George W called home), or natural wonder – Great Falls Park will quickly change your point of view. Sweeping vistas are a tall order in this low-rise city, where the height of buildings is regulated, but at 150 feet and offering 360-degree views – our number one pick goes to the often overlooked Pilgrim Observation Gallery at the National Cathedral, your official elevator to the sky.
3. A Monumental Trip
Washington D.C. houses some of the most important buildings, memorials, and monuments to both our forefathers and those who gave their lives for our grand land. Almost too overwhelming to cover on foot, you can book the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with a few quick clicks and take in all the sights like The Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials, National Archives, National Mall, 15 Smithsonian Museums, US Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and the White House all from the comfort of your double-decker bus seat. Offering 24-hour, 48-hour, Sunrise and Night Tour options – score a seat and sightsee for a fraction of the price when you book using an Expedia coupon code.
2. Oh Say Can You See
While Washington D.C. has no shortage of things to do, the activity we always come back to is the arts. This creative mecca and melting pot is not only known for museums but is also the cultural hub for any number of independent movie, music, and performance movements. On any given day you can find film festivals, gallery talks, and workshops at institutions like the American Art Museum, Hillwood Estate & Gardens, National Building Museum, Newseum, or the Phillips Collection. If your preference is outside the fine art lines, don’t miss out on galleries like Cocoran and Freer Galleries, G Fine Art, Hillyer Art Space, and the National Gallery of Art.
1. Home of the Brave
Booking a White House tour may seem impossible but it is well worth the effort, patience, and planning. Submit a written request to your senator or state rep at least one month in advance and once you’re verified, you’ll receive VIP tickets that grant exclusive access to the grandest parts of the country’s most important residence like the Green, Red, Blue, North, and East rooms along with a parting trip to the whimsical gift shop. You’ll also see swarms of Secret Service agents doing the walkie-talk and if you’re lucky – an infamous politico or pet striding the hallways of the 132-room mansion that our nation’s patriarchs and their fabulous fams call home.
Now that you’ve gotten a look at our expert travel tips for Washington D.C. – it’s time to get patriotic and book your Presidents Day stay with Expedia today. Don’t spend your time lobbying for the lowest prices on multiple sites. Make great savings history when you book your flight, hotel, and activities with one of our Expedia.com coupon codes at checkout.