When you travel to D.C. during the summer months, prepare to go naked! Of course, I am just kidding, but temperatures and humidity are so high at this time, that it almost feels like walking around in a sauna.
This is why I always carry a light second outfit with me when touring one of my favourite US destinations.
It is also the time of year that the capital experiences a vast amount of heavy thunderstorms in the afternoons or evenings! It´s not a bad idea to always carry an umbrella with you, no matter what the day looks like!
I cannot recall how many times I have been, but I still enjoy visiting the sights whenever in town. The Washington Mall is a great place to take long strolls in the shadows of the trees around the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool.
There are tons of beautiful photo spots for selfies or the impressive architecture.
If it is too hot, plan on visiting one (or more) of the exceptional museums that Washington has to offer! There is something for every taste and the best: They are all free of charge.
My favourites are the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. The first is a must even if it is only for taking pictures of the impressive lobby. But they also have a great exhibition of jewelery and an interactive butterfly exposition (admission is 6 USD, but absolutely worth it!).
The Pavilion Café inside the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a favourite place to grab a coffee and sit on one of the benches around the water fountain in the shadow. Great spot to hang out and enjoy a moment of tranquility before heading on to the capitol.
I haven´t done a tour of the inside yet, but this building fascinates me every single time I am in town. Particularly, when the skies are blue! Great location for photos!
Another spot for panoramic views is the roof terrace of the NEWSEUM!
I am a big walker, you guys know. All these places are manageable to walk to, but on a hot summer day it can be quite strenuous! Always have an eye on your hydration and wear a hat for sun protection! There is also lots of hop-on-hop-off buses if you´re not in the mood for a sweat.
And if you crave for a hearty lunch to refuel and reenergize, visit Oyamel Cocina Mexicana afterwards! The food is delicious and they serve excellent margaritas!!!
I can´t wait to be back very soon! And you shouldn´t either …
Safe travels, folks! See you on the road 🙂