Are you looking for things to do in Washington DC? Our tourist scavenger hunt on the west side of the National Mall will take you through most of the Washington Monuments from the White House, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial, including the many war memorials along the way!
Moreover, you will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each stop, you will learn some history as well as interesting facts.
Washington is the capital of the United States and is located along the Potomac River in the District of Columbia, surrounded by the state of Maryland.
- National Mall
- The White House
- Constitution Gardens
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- National World War II Memorial
- Daughters of the American Revolution
- As well as much more!
We visited Washington on a few occasions since 2010, including this scavenger hunt in 2019.
- Starting point: Outside the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, at 15th and, E St NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA.
- Distance: 4.3 km / 2.7 mi
- Difficulty: normal
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- Method: on food
- A fully charged smartphone with a data plan (WiFi is not enough)
- Bottled water
- A local road or tourist map
Various Algonquin tribes inhabited the Potomac Valley when the Europeans first arrived.
The Residence Act of 1790 created the Capital District along the Potomac River. The states of Maryland and Virginia donated lands, including the village of Georgetown, as well as Alexandria. Consequently, theses created the District of Columbia. Indeed, this district is under federal jurisdiction exclusively. The city of Washington was then founded in 1791.
Several important buildings were burned down during the War of 1812.
In 1846, the District of Columbia returned the city of Alexandria to Virginia.
The Civil War of 1861 provoked a major expansion of federal organizations and therefore the population increased, especially with freed slaves from the south. The population in 1870 was 132,000.
The Second World War (1939-45) also contributed to increase in the size of the city, which in 1950 was over 800,000.
Washington eventually became the rallying point for public protests for civil rights, anti-war movements, and other popular causes.
As of 2018, Washington’s population is just over 700,000.