Washington DC has hundreds of tourist attractions, and obviously, it will not be possible to explore the place in just a day. However, you can still make the most of it if you had a well-planned tour itinerary. Given below is a sample Washington DC tour itinerary you can follow to get the best of the US capital city in one day.
The earlier you reach, the more time you will get to travel around. In addition, most of the famous attractions in DC are less crowded during the early morning hours. However, note that the traffic here is extremely congested and getting around places can be quite challenging. Taking a public transportation would be a better idea than traveling in own or rented vehicles, so that you can avoid wasting your time in finding a parking place.
Start from the Capitol Hill
The main entrance to the Capitol Hill is situated at the East Plaza between the Independence Avenue and the Constitution Center. This monument opens at 08:30 am, so try to check in by that time. This way, you can start your tour by learning about the US government history; make your way through the Hall of Columns, the old Supreme Court chambers, and the rotunda for an all-immersive experience.
Go to the Smithsonian
Take a metro ride from the Capitol Hill metro station to the Smithsonian station. The Smithsonian Institution has nine museums and seeing all of them will not fit in your time limit. Hence, you can consider going to the National Museum of American History or National Museum of Natural History. Buy a museum map and explore the exhibits in an hour or maybe two.
Have your Lunch
You might be planning to munch on your food and sip on your cup of coffee on the go while still in the museum to make up for the time spent on lunch. However, it might not be a good idea because the cafeterias and restaurants in the museums are always crowded, and pricey too. So try buying local food from a street vendor or any affordable restaurants nearby.
Visit the White House and National Memorials
You definitely do not wish to miss famous attractions while on Washington DC tours. So go to the White House and spend some time clicking pictures. After that, move on to see the Washington Monument and memorials nearby, such as the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. In case you plan to go the top of Washington Monument make sure to book a ticket in advance so that you can skip the line.