The Capital of the States, Washington D.C,  has much more than just the White House to catch the tourists’ eye. Perfect for a weekend get away or as an addition to your road trip! There are also many outlet shopping malls just outside the city that offer great deals on name brands.
The city is home to the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and many national museums that are free of charge. Throughout the central city, the architecture is neoclassical with a modern twist and is a nice change from the typical american skyscrapers.
lincoln memorial
Inside the Lincoln Memorial
The United States Capitol
The United States Capitol in Washington, DC
A short ride away, there is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virgina – a national air and space museum. Home to the Discovery Space Shuttle, World War I and II planes, as well as some of the first helicopters and planes to ever fly.


The Discovery Space Shuttle
The Discovery Space Shuttle at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

I would recommend staying just outside the national capital right off a highway to save some money on a hotel, and drive into the city center for a day or two. That way, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and outlet shopping malls are all close and easily accessible as well. Check out great hotels at cheap prices at