The iconic Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial are all must-visits if this will be your first time in the D.C. area. All are maintained by the National Park Service. The Lincoln and Jefferson memorials are open 24 hours a day. The Washington Monument is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details are available at www.nps.gov.
If you’re up for a sightseeing adventure, there are many to choose from, including the 90-minute DC Ducks land-and-water tour that departs from Union Station (www.dcducks.com). Capitol River Cruises on the Georgetown Waterfront offers a 45-minute sightseeing tour from the Potomac River (www.capitolrivercruises.com).
Other tours include Tourmobile (Tourmobile.com), Old Town Trolley Tours (Trolleytours.com) and Open Top Sightseeing (Opentopsightseeing.com), which offer hop-on, hop-off narrated tours year-round, along with night tours of the monuments and memorials. The routes of Open Top and Old Town Trolley include stops at neighbourhood attractions like the Washington National Cathedral (Nationalcathedral.org) and National Zoological Park (www.nationalzoo.si.edu).
Washington, D.C., is one of the most visited cities in America. Its official website, Washington.org, contains a wealth of information and helpful links to help you make the most of your trip. There is also a direct link for The National Harbor complex at Nationalharbor.com. Also remember that once there, you’re only a two-hour drive from Colonial Williamsburg (History.org) and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello (Monticello.org).
I look forward to seeing you at the ISS Expo in D.C.!
Jim Chiswell is the owner of Chiswell & Associates LLC. Since 1990, his firm has provided feasibility studies, acquisition due diligence and customized manager training for the self-storage industry. He has served for a number of years on the Inside Self-Storage Editorial Advisory Board, is a moderator on the SelfStorageTalk.com online community and is faculty member of the Self-Storage Training Institute. He can be reached at 434.589.4446; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.selfstorageconsulting.com.