Travel by Train: Washington, D.C.
Touring The White House, strolling along the National Mall and gazing at national treasures will leave a lasting impression on children and adults. This budget-friendly destination offers more than 100 free attractions.
The most famous address in the U.S. is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., where the U.S. president resides. White House tours take visitors through the East Wing; State Dining Room; and Red, Blue and Green Rooms. This self-guided 30-minute tour is attended by docents in each room.
Watch millions of dollars being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as you overlook the production floor during this free 40-minute experience.
The National Mall is a 2-mile green space spanning the banks of the Potomac River, from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. View the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial while walking along this pedestrian-friendly boulevard.
Often called America's treasure chest, the Smithsonian consists of 17 museums. The most popular museum in the world, based on attendance numbers, is the Air and Space Museum. Other popular Smithsonian museums include the American History Museum, the Museum of Natural Sciences and the National Zoo, where Baby panda Bao Bao and her parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, are the zoo's most popular attraction. Admission is free.
Take the Metro rail system to reach locations around the city quickly and provide some fun for the kids. Rent a paddleboat on the Tidal Basin for a great view of the Jefferson Memorial when you need a break from touring.
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Why take the train? Amtrak trains arrive at a stunning gateway to our nation's capitol, Union Station. The beautiful Beaux-Arts style building captures travelers' attention and can stop them in their tracks admiring the beautiful domed structure. In the heart of the city, this location gives travelers easy access to hotels within walking distance or a short taxi ride away.