Washington, D.C. United States

Citi Open Washington (photo: Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

STARNBERG, November 14, 2022 (Guest Post)

Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia), United States, is the location for an ATP Tour 500 event from July 30 to August 7, 2023.  The tournament name is “Citi Open”, the tennis surface will be a hard surface, and there will be 48-man singles draw with 16 seeds, considered as the favourites for the title.  If there are 16 seeds (best players), the matches are setup, so those 16 players will most likely reach the last 16 slots.  The top 4 players will reach the semi-finals and the top 2 players will reach the championship match

So even tennis is rigged in that known top players are playing against known weaker players from the start, so the “most exciting” matches (best player, against best player) happens in the ending match. Makes you start thinking that you might as well just stick to FairGo casino login games.

But if your interest is more in watching the tennis matches, as opposed to playing in tennis matches, and you plan to watch the matches in Washington, D.C., definitely take some time to play tourist.

Major tourist attractions in Washington, D.C.

White House

Requests for public tours to the White House have to be submitted to a Member of Congress and their Congressional Tour Coordinator.  Tour requests must be done at least 21 days in advance, and no more than 90 days in advance of the requested tour dates.  Public tours are typically available from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, excluding Federal holidays or unless otherwise noted.

United States Congress

Visiting the Capital just requires that you go to the Captial Visitor’s Center, the main entrance to the US Capitol building. Through films, exhibits, and tours, you will learn about how Congress works, how this magnificent building was built, and how citizens can participate in this extraordinary experiment called representative democracy.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial National Memorial honors the 16th and perhaps greatest president of the United States, and symbolizes his belief in the freedom and dignity of all people.  In the 20th century, it became a powerful symbol of the continuing struggle to extend one of the nation’s founding principles: “All men are created equal.”

Lincoln’s words of inspiration adorn the walls of this memorial.  The north chamber contains an inscription of his Second Inaugural Address; the Gettysburg Address adorns the wall of the south chamber. Murals above the inscriptions represent Lincoln’s guiding principles.  In August 1963, 200,000 participants in the “March on Washington”, and heard the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the memorial.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument National Memorial towers over the nation’s capital.  In 1799, “Light Horse Harry” Lee famously said that Washington was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

It is a long and large rectangular pool located on the National Mall, directly east of the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument to the east of the reflecting pool.  Depending on the viewer’s vantage point, it dramatically reflects the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall’s trees, and/or the expansive sky.

Museums in Washington, D.C.

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National Gallery of Art
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • The National Archives Museum

Other tourist attractions

Most people when they plan a vacation tend to focus on the major tourist attractions.  Although it is very memorable to sit in the Senate Seats that are in the balcony of the US Congress, there are also plenty of other smaller tourist attractions that are worth your time.

But … and this is a big but … (especially if you are traveling with children or elderly relatives), take a tour with a tour bus where the tour guide actually gets off the bus with the tour group. This is different than a “hop on hop off” bus tour, where only the tourists gets on and off the tour bus.

I do not remember the exact name of the company that I used, but it was a 6 hour tour where it was a combination bus tour and walking tour.  It was something similar to the “Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour”.

The following was included:

  • Transportation on a very nice small bus (30 passengers, so you can easily hear the tour guide even from the back of the bus).
  • English speaking
  • On board narration (talked while on the bus)
  • Off of the bus narration at each tourist attraction, plus time allotted for you to view things yourself.
  • Lunch was on a boat cruise of the Potomac River (lunch break for the tour guide and bus driver).

The bus pick was only a block away from the Hotel where we were staying.

The tour included the following:

  • United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
  • S. Capital Visitor’s Center (outside only)
  • White House (outside only)
  • National World War II Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • Korean War Veteran’s Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial
  • Georgetown Waterfront Park
  • Potamic River

Although this tour is kind of expensive, $396 for 1 adult and 3 children, it was definitely money well spent. I was traveling alone with small children ages 4 to 8. There is no way that we would have seen as much as we saw if we did not do this tour.  I did not have to think about anything. Where we were going, when we had to go, how to get there.  All of that was taken care of by the tour guide.  I could just relax, enjoy the tour, and focus on my children.

Tips for visiting Washington, DC with small children

Tip 1: Give them each a camera. At that time, disposable cameras were cheap and easily available.  We also had an inexpensive kids digital camera. So the kids had lots of fun taking lots of pictures.

Tip 2: Give each child a black pad of drawing paper and something to draw with.  I still remember my 4 year old sitting on the floor of the Lincoln Memorial drawing a picture of Lincoln’s Statue.  The tour guide was so impressed, that when we got back on the bus, he asked my son if he could show his picture to the whole tour group.  My son was very proud of himself.