Things to Do and See in Washington DC

Declaration of Independence and Other Government Sights

You can see the Declaration of Independence and other important historical documents through The National Archives Museum. The museum website recommends leaving 90 minutes for your visit. To avoid the line (which commonly stretches out the door), arrive right when it opens at 10AM.

As for the White House and capitol building, both are organized through official tours. You can find out information about applying for admission here (for the White House) or here (for the Capitol).

But let’s have some real talk: Our seat of government is great and something you should do if you have the time, but it’s also not all that fancy. My British friend and I will wave at the White House as we walk past it, but I’m not worrying about showing her the inside. This is partially because Corsham Court, the English historic manor house where we had our master’s degree classes, is bigger than the White House itself. And once you’ve seen the Doge’s Palace in Venice, it gets a little harder to be impressed by our Capitol.

So definitely give it a shot if you are going to be around for a while. But don’t worry about it if you’re only in DC for a few days.



11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.