Verge’s Official Guide to Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is undoubtedly a place full of historical landmarks, all of which are insightful and inspiring. Verge was fortunate enough to experience some of D.C’s great wonders and we could think of nothing more fulfilling than making you jealous of our fantastic trip.

Washington D.C. caters for all through combining both fundamental sites for history with a night life like no other! But, before we get to some of the best bars and restaurants in the area, we thought it would be much more professional to discuss the amazing historical sites Washington D.C. has to offer first.

Think of Washington D.C. as a layered Victoria sponge cake, each layer contributes towards the unmistakably delicious taste; well, within Washington D.C. each site contributes massively to the ultimate D.C. experience. Due to living in London, flocks of tourists are a familiar sight but nothing compares to the monumental crowds of tourists that The Lincoln Memorial attracts. The Lincoln Memorial has to be one of the most epic sites in the world- with Lincoln’s huge and somewhat daunting presence; it was inevitable that this monument meant business. People travelled from all over the globe to take a glance and a pic of Lincoln himself, and why wouldn’t you? Whilst standing opposite the oversized 16th president, you couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of history and awe- especially since Martin Luther King, Jr delivered the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech just a few steps away. Just to prepare you, you will be dealing with a sensation of muscular leg pain, especially if you have not been hitting the Stairmaster as regularly as we should have been. Although the stairs will leave you desperate for a chair and deep heat cream, the awesome experience of seeing this landmark with your own eyes will immediately erase all pain, totally worth it!

Funnily enough, directly opposite is our next must see landmark, The Washington Monument. This 555 foot monument provides a truly astonishing view and plays the role of defining Washington D.C.’s skyline perfectly. Visiting the world’s tallest stone structure was mind blowing, as was the queue! After what it seemed 400 people, Verge finally got to experience the thrilling brilliance of The Washington Monument first hand, and we were not disappointed! Unlike The Lincoln Memorial, going inside The Washington Monument is not free and there is limited space inside the structure so be sure to check ahead before heading out. The Washington Monument was designed to honour the memory of President George Washington, the 1st President of the United States – so it’s only right that a statue version of the man himself greets you first hand. It gets better, if you’re lucky enough to go inside the monument; you are able to go to the 500th observation deck that provides you with an incredible view of not just Washington D.C. but Maryland and Virginia. Needless to say, it will leave you speechless. Although there are 897 steps inside the monument, don’t worry- there’s an elevator.

What would a historical trip around D.C. be without paying The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial a visit? The epic statue not only represented his presence and impact on The United States, but also does a great job at reminding us about peace and equality. This beautiful memorial serves a great purpose of praising a man who fought for Civil Rights and helped change America for the better. The immaculate details that the structure possesses are enough to amaze everybody who comes across it. Just being around the monument provided an intense sensation of hope and reminded all of us that anything is possible. If you’re in need of a moral boost or inspiration, this is definitely the place to visit.

Verge’s final historical visit was, of course, The Whitehouse. We saved the most iconic to last, and boy, was it worth it. Although our visit to The Whitehouse was extremely limited, just glancing at its white pillars was incredible enough. Even though we’d love to think that we are important enough to enter the Whitehouse and chill with Obama- we’re not quite there yet, but things could change! The Whitehouse is an extremely lively and busy place, with suits constantly walking in and out, we couldn’t help but crave to be a part of their world. Despite us getting all our knowledge of what goes on inside the Whitehouse from “West Wing”, “House of Cards” and “Veep”, we clearly acknowledge that there’s a lot more we don’t know… and never will. Although we could not get up close and personal with this one, we were super excited to visit the gates and stand securely outside to avoid annoying any of the guards; we did not want any issues. Alternatively, you can organise an official Whitehouse tour through submitting a request form to your Member of Congress- we didn’t have that so we had no access. A virtual tour will have to do for this one.

Putting our Sketchers and Nike’s aside, Verge headed to the hottest D.C. night life spots for a well-earned break from foot aching tourism. Washington D.C. is home to some of America’s hardest workers, who conveniently, like to party hard also. Barcode on 1101 17th Street is probably one of the best places to eat, drink and chill. With daily themes and exciting events, Barcode has a lot to offer. With a wide variety of food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, you can thoroughly enjoy a night fit for a King and Queen! Or, if you’re the competitive type, D.C.’s Bedrock Billards is probably one of the best places to enjoy a nice beer whilst playing some pool. Even if you’re just starving, check out Bourbon Steak- the city’s best steakhouse.

We could ramble on and on about how amazing our trip to Washington D.C. was, but the only way for you to fully understand how awesome it was is to experience it yourself!


Article written by Tiann Rowland-Dixon