Wondering what to do during your winter break? Come to the Vision Conference with us and you’ll get to experience two afternoons visiting Washington, D.C.! Here are the top 5 things you’ll be able to do while in DC:
Walk the National Mall
The National Mall is the centerpiece of D.C. and where you will spend most of your time when you visit. This will also be the drop off point for our touring afternoons. By walking around the whole Mall (almost 2 miles!), you will be able to see most of the major monuments. On one end of the Mall is the Capitol, where Congress meets. In the middle is the Washington Monument, and on the other end is the Lincoln Memorial. Spread throughout other areas of the Mall are many other famous monuments. The National Mall is also where many historic events have happened, including Presidential Inaugurations.
See the White House
No visit to Washington D.C. is complete without seeing the White House! This historic mansion has been the home of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800 and is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It is very difficult to tour the inside now, but be sure to stop by and get an iconic photo with it! It is a longer walk to get to the White House from our drop off point, so maybe go there first if you really want to see it.
Visit the National Air & Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum is one of many museums you can visit in D.C. and has thousands of objects on display from the history of flight and space exploration. There’s even a rock from the moon you can touch! There are 22 different galleries that you can see and admission is free. You can also choose to visit the museum’s Planetarium or IMAX Theater, though you will have to purchase tickets to see those. The museum will be open both of the afternoons we are touring, so be sure to plan a good amount of time to see this historic site!
See The Constitution and Declaration of Independence
If you love history, be sure to take some time and stop by the National Archives Building. Here you will have the chance to see The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These three documents are a central part of the founding of the United States of America and helped shape the country. One of the most famous lines from these documents comes from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Admission to see these documents is free, and the Archives Building is open both days we will be there. It may be a longer wait to see these documents, so plan accordingly if you want to see them. They are well worth the wait!
Explore the brand new Museum of the Bible
The Vision Conference is a place where you can explore and learn more about God and the Bible, and is a free space to ask spiritual questions. A new museum in D.C. called the Museum of the Bible is a perfect place to visit to continue your exploration of these topics. This brand new museum will have exhibitions that focus on the impact of the Bible in history. You will even have the chance to customize your experience there according to the questions you may have about the Bible!
The Museum’s goal is to “reacquaint the world with the book that helped make it, and let the visitor come to their own conclusions.” Since this museum is brand new, be prepared for it to be very busy if you are interested in visiting it.