A tour of Washington, DC wherein you visit the neighboring areas of Maryland and Virginia can last for 5-6 days.
Below, we have created a general itinerary for a 5-day tour to help you plan better.
Day 1: Visit Washington, DC Historical Sites
On the first day, start with a hearty breakfast as you have to cover a lot of places to visit in Washington, DC. Head to the National Mall which borders a number of museums of the Smithsonian Institution, art galleries, cultural institutions, and various memorials, sculptures, and statues. A few of these are The Washington Monument, United States Capitol, The Lincoln Memorial, The Constitution Gardens, The Jefferson Memorial, The National Museum of American History, The National Museum of Natural History, open for visitors that too at no cost and end the day with a paddle boat in Tidal Basin.
Day 2: Capitol Hill and Eastern Market
Begin your day with a visit to Capitol Hill, home to the United States Capitol and the Supreme Court. Take a guided tour of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world, and admire its stunning architecture and vast collection of books. Explore the Eastern Market, a vibrant indoor/outdoor marketplace offering a variety of fresh produce, local arts and crafts, and delicious food stalls. In the afternoon, visit the United States Botanic Garden, located near Capitol Hill, and enjoy the beautiful displays of plants and flowers. Wrap up your day with a relaxing walk around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, admiring the historic row houses and charming streets.
Day 3: Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland
Drive to Baltimore and explore the Inner Harbor, where you can visit the National Aquarium, tour the historic ships, and enjoy waterfront dining. Take a short drive to Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, and explore its colonial architecture, shops, and restaurants. Don't miss the Naval Academy and the Maryland State House. Or if you want, skip Annapolis and instead head to Sandy Point State Park for a calm evening.