Although our nation’s capital is open to everybody who wants to come and experience the heart of America, it’s impossible to have a successful tour without planning. There are both security and logistical questions to consider. Follow this guide and you’ll have an educational and enriching experience.First, you must make plans with one of the Congressional representatives of your state, at least a month in advance of your chosen date. You don’t have to wait that long, thoughespecially prepared groups can make plans up to six months in advance. Before you finalize a date, talk it over with everyone in your group, which must be ten people or more. While this might seem like a large number, it’s a great way to plan a trip together with the extended family that you haven’t seen since that last Thanksgiving dinner. Read the rest of this entry »
Everybody can list the big names to check off your first trip to Washington, D.C.: The White House. The Smithsonian Museums. The Lincoln Memorial. But if you’re on your second or third visit, or if you’re a local, there’s plenty of opportunity to get out of the mainstream and visit some other D.C. treasures.
- The Library of Congress is more than just the largest library in the world. It regularly features rotating exhibits like “Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture” which looks at the role Bob Hope played in American political history. In addition, the amazing architecture and art collection of the Library is always on display.
- The United States Botanic Garden is a gorgeous piece of history dating back to 1816. Today, the Garden not only houses over 26,000 plants in a variety of categories, but also promotes sustainability and environmental concerns. Read the rest of this entry »