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Must do's in Washington
The White House: the official residence of the president is impressive. 6 floors, a total of 134 rooms and 35 bathrooms. The chance you get in is small, but fortune favours the prepared. Submit a request as early as 6 months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. Address yourself to the American Consulate for the correct procedure. What you can do is tour the White House virtually or make a selfie in front of the famous white building.
The National Mall: a huge green park lined with countless monuments and museums. Think of the Lincoln Memorial, the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument.
Capitol: seat of the Senate and Supreme Court. Free admission.
Washington: Insider tips
Are your kids early risers? Go to the National Zoo. The park gates open at 6am and admission is free.
If you love art you should definitely take a stroll in the Sculpture Garden of The National Gallery of Art. During summer you may even attend a free jazz concert or music performance.
For those who enjoy fish, tasting a crab cake is an absolute must, especially during your citytrip to Washington. You can find them everywhere in town. Tip: If you can take a joke, head to Dirty Harry’s.
Ben's Chili Bowl has become legendary since Barack Obama has made a stop here for a typical chili dog.
How to explore Washington?
The underground is extensive and affordable in Washington.
On a sunny day it is great to explore Washington by bike. Capital BikeShare is really cheap: a full day bike rental will only set you back about € 5.
Renting a car in Washington is a good plan. Why not explore Baltimore or Philadelphia?
Washington Travel information
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. Please keep this in mind. Consult the latest travel information and up-to-date travel advice on diplomatie.be/nl.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.
Local time: - 6 hours
Daylight saving time 2015: Washington sets its clock forward in the night of Saturday 8 March to Sunday 9 March. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on the night of Saturday March, 28 to Sunday, March 29th.This entails that between 8 and 29 March, there is a 5 hour instead of 6 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. Washington turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week there is a 5 hour instead of 6 hour time difference between Belgium and the U.S.
Currency: US Dollar. 1 USD = 0.92 EUR (08/04/2015)
Climate: Summers are warm; winters often bring snow.