Washington DC, capital of the USA, is a city steeped in historic moments and decision-making that has influenced the entire world. Home of the Lincoln Memorial, the iconic George Washington Monument, the White House and the President of the United States. Where to go and what to see in a city absolutely stuffed with must-visit sights and attractions? Most tourists know the world-famous locations, but there’s far more to Washington than meets the eye.
Bagpipes and Blarney: The St Patrick’s Parade of Washington
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, held since 1971, is a traditional family day out. Aside from crowds of boisterous spectators dressed head-to-toe in green, there’s plenty of organised entertainment on offer too. Watch as the parade makes its way through the streets, kilts flying, bagpipes skirling, drummers rapping out the marching beat. Participants include police and fire departments, the military, pipe bands and decorated floats. The day honours Irishness and the atmosphere is suitably celebratory in that inclusive way the Irish do so well. Grab the kids and make a day of it!
House of Secrets: The Mansion on O Street
The eccentric Mansion on O Street is a luxury hotel that features secret passages, hidden doors and rooms in which all fixtures and furnishings are for sale. It also serves as a museum, a private club and an events location. The beautiful building was designed in 1892, but began its present incarnation in 1980. The museum section contains art, sculpture and memorabilia, and regularly hosts tours, concerts, book signings, film screenings and weddings. This is a bewitching and historic building decorated in an eccentric style – Washington’s secret jewel.
Tall Tales: The Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The history of the US Postal Service can almost be read as the history of the US itself. So integral to the founding of the nation, the Postal Service has always had some pretty tall tales, from colonial times until the present day, you’ll be spellbound by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Learn how letters were delivered and by whom and how. There’s everything here from vintage uniforms and equipment, through delivery planes, sleds, photographs, model sets and exhibits. See rare and intricately designed stamps, including the world’s rarest, The British One-Cent New Guiana Magenta. Prepare to be surprised!