Washington D.C. museums and art galleries

One of the great museum cities of the world, Washington D.C. is home to the famous Smithsonian Institution (originally funded by the British scientist James Smithson, who never visited America), and plenty more museums and art galleries, that can easily fill days on end. More have opened since I visited in 2008 but here’s a taster. National Air and Space Museum…

Washington D.C. memorials

Americans do love a good memorial and their capital is full of them. Here are some of the more notable ones dedicated to presidents and wars. Washington Monument The world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk. It is home to a well concealed lookout at the top, with views out across the Mall,…

Washington D.C.

Refreshingly different from most U.S. cities, in part due to the absence of skyscrapers (no buildings can be taller than the Washington Monument) and the weight of history, captured though endless museums and monuments. I visited back in 2007 for a packed three days of exploring, here are some of the highlights that weren’t museums…

Further Afield – Chicago

The US city I’ve spent the most time in with travel and work. Initially I loved it, perhaps even more than New York, but over time the novelty wore off and while a great place to visit I couldn’t live there (due to weather, food, segregation, transport and size). Had lots of memorable times there…

Further afield – San Francisco

An American city unlike any other. Home to the best food I’ve eaten in the US, with one of their best airports (though there isn’t much competition), making it a great stopover destination for 3-4 days. Huge amount to do and see for what is actually a relatively small city itself (850k people, though 7.5m…