Washington D.C. day trip

The capital of USA is full of history, culture and lots of green, in 1 day in Washington it will not be possible to see everything but it will give you time to get to know the National Mall park very well.


Getting to Washington for tourists is very easy both by plane and by train as there are many companies available to you. In my case, I arrived by Train, being in New York on vacation I took the opportunity to take a ride in the capital. Every hour there is a train, the average duration is 3h and a half, do not worry are comfortable trains and the controller will not disturb you more than once during the trip.

Ticket price € 115 return, it would have cost even less but it was a last-minute decision, do not wait for the last one. 😉

To try to make the most of the day, I took the first 5 am a train from Penn Station to Union Station and back at 5 pm. I assure you that it will give you time to make a great ride and end up with your legs apart.

Once you arrive at the station, you will not need to take any means of transport if you only want to go to the National Mall, once you leave the station you will find it at 100meters.


Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial


Being 1 day in Washington, I recommend you visit only the National Mall, a park that groups museums, art galleries, cultural institutions, real memorials, and sculptures. It receives about 24 million visitors each year and from one point to the other is 2.3 miles, 3.8km but do not worry you can take a break in the shade when you want.

The first thing you will find is the Lower Senate Park, where you will eventually find the United States Capitol if you want to visit it, take a look at the web page. Once passed you can continue along the park.


Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


Just to the right as to your left of the park, you will find a number of museums you will only list a few:

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum = my favorite
Holocaust Museum
National Museum of American History = so funny
Natural History Museum
National Gallery of Art

TIPS TIME !! Do you want to feel like Nicolas Cage in National Treasure? pass by The National Archives, but do not try to steal the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America … 😉


White House  = no easy to plan a visit.
Washington Monument
World War II Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Lincoln Statue
Martin Luther King Memorial
Thomas Jefferson Memorial


World war II Memorial
World war II Memorial
TIPS TIME !! The Martin Luther King memorial consists of 3 white marble blocks, on the way to the statue of Thomas Jefferson turn around and admire the perspective game that gives the three blocks.


To try not to miss anything and make a summary, I show you a map of how you could structure your trip without making too many unnecessary km.

So, have you visited everything in 1 day in Washington? Leave me your comments, and I see you on the next trip.

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