Welcome to Washington, D.C., the hub of American history, politics and the Nations Capitol. It’s easy to hop aboard the Metro system from the Gangplank or James Creek and see all the city has to offer.

Most of the monuments, museums and galleries on the National Mall are free and open 360 days per year. The real draw for tourists is the memorials and monuments dedicated to great American leaders. Bicycles can be rented and there is an ever-expanding network of bike paths.

If you’re visiting in late March or early April, you may catch the famed cherry trees in bloom along the beautifully landscaped Tidal Basin waterfront, right next to the Jefferson Memorial.

Sure, it’s a long trip up the Potomac by boat, but staying aboard at any of the fine marinas in and around D.C. can be an exciting and very convenient way to enjoy all that the nation’s capital has to offer.