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Best of Washington D.C. | Private jet charter

The capital of the United States, Washington DC is located on the border of Maryland and Virginia, alongside the Potomac River. Attractions here are iconic: from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, the city also boasts a vibrant café and restaurant scene and world-class cultural activities.

The White House

The White House needs no introduction. Home and office to every US President – except Washington –  the white mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue was built in 1800. Tours are free and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The interactive visitor centre – with more than 100 historical artefacts – is open from 7.30am until 4pm daily.

National Mall

Washington’s National Mall is home to most of the city’s iconic monuments bookended by the Capital Building at one end and the Lincoln Memorial at the other by the Potomac River. Washington’s best museums are here, including the National Gallery of Art, the National Air and Space Museum and many more.

Lincoln Memorial

Built to honour President Abraham Lincoln – America’s 16th President – the 100-ft high Lincoln Memorial is located on the western end of the National Mall, overlooking the enigmatic Reflecting Pool. Taking its design inspiration from Greek temples, the Lincoln Memorial has 36 grand columns. Just inside is the stunning 175-ton statue of Lincoln himself.

Georgetown Historic District

Created in 1950, Georgetown Historic District is a favourite with tourists and locals. Boasting beautiful Federal-style architecture, a plethora of design and fashion boutiques, and upscale restaurants and bars, it’s a must-see Washington attraction. The waterfront park has been developed to include a promenade and gardens, and visitors can cycle along the C&O canal.

US Capital Building

Home to the American Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate), the Neoclassical US Capital Building is a magnificent symbol of democracy and was completed in 1826. There are daily free tours with entrance via the informative Visitor Centre, located underground on the east side of the building.

International Spy Museum

Release your inner 007 with a visit to Washington’s intrepid International Spy Museum. With its interactive exhibits, visitors take on a cover identity with a briefing session before undertaking an hour-long mission. Fun exhibits include 50 Years of Bond Villains, and the History of Spying.

National Air and Space Museum

Flight fans will love this fascinating museum – home to thousands of artefacts including space and historic aircraft, such as the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia. There’s also an immersive 2001: A Space Odyssey art exhibit and a Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall celebrating the most significant spaceships, rockets and aeroplanes in history.

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