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Washington DC named the top city to visit next year

Washington DC named the top city to visit next year
30 Oct 2014

The International guide publisher, Lonely Planet, has announced that the capital of the US, Washington DC, is the city to visit in 2015.

Lonely Planet chose Washington DC due to its vast array of culture and diversity on offer as well as the fantastic value of a trip to the city. If this wasn’t enough to tempt you to visit, Forbes magazine also listed it as the ‘Coolest City in America’.

Unsurprisingly, Washington DC’s importance within American history plays a big part in this announcement, with Lonely Planet’s head of content, Tom Hall, saying: “The pomp commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination makes next year big for DC. Add that to its hip neighbourhoods, incredible eats, venerable performing arts scene and iconic museums, like the Smithsonian Institution, and the nation's capital is looking more epic than ever."

Of course, the 19 world class, free museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution, along with its zoo and nine research centres, are a drawing force for those headed to the American capital for a visit. There really is something to keep everyone interested, from the Air and Space Museum, the National History Museum and the Portrait Gallery, to name just a few of the highlights. Most of these are based around the same area and form a sort of line, making them easily accessible.

A visit to Washington DC isn’t complete without a trip to see the Lincoln Memorial, where you will see the former president sat in front of you, gazing across the reflecting pool. It is particularly impressive at night, when the city is lit up.

Make sure to head over to The White House for the ultimate tourist picture by the impressive building’s gates. There is also a perfect stretch of green outside where you can sit and enjoy a delicious picnic should you have the time.

It’s also worth grabbing a taxi and heading over to the Arlington National Cemetery, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Here, you can pay respects to the military of the United States, as well as heading up to John F Kennedy and his wife, Jackie O’s gravesite and the eternal flame that burns.ADNFCR-408-ID-801757576-ADNFCR

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