Things to do in Washington D.C.
There is never a shortage of things to do in Washington D.C. From the Old Guard to the New World, politics is no longer the only game in town as Washington, D.C. climbs the ranks as one of the country's most stylish urban playgrounds where emerging fashion designers, innovative entrepreneurs, cutting-edge restaurateurs and the intellectual elite have come to frolic. Whether you're going up Capitol Hill or down to the Potomac River, wandering Washington, D.C. is like taking a whirlwind tour of the world where your bill of rights includes culture of monumental significance, fine international cuisine, arts both beaux and bold, montages of multiethnic enclaves, and more.
Start where it all began, at the National Mall where the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, major government houses, and the Washington and Lincoln Memorials reside. Lose yourself in the stories of glory that emanate from one important landmark to another, remembering the titans at each monument to national heroes. Follow your inner muse to the Smithsonian Museums or meditate at the Holocaust Museum, then celebrate the inauguration of the new Star-Spangled Banner gallery at the National Museum of American History, the opening of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and the upcoming dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. For a change of scene, peruse the Folger Shakespeare Library or hang out at the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. In the summer, linger at open-air concerts, jazz performances and movie screenings under the stars. Whatever your fancy you'll surely find many things to do in Washington D.C.
Stay loose and be the ambassador of avant-garde in neighborhoods such as the U Street Corridor, Adams-Morgan and Atlas District, where pulsating parties, not political alliances, matter. Politics aren't the only spectator sport in D.C.-root for the home team at the beautiful Nationals Park in Barrack Row, the Wizards and the Capitals at the Verizon Center, the Redskins at FedEx Field, and DC United at RFK Stadium. Seeking retail therapy? The most fashionable labels and colorful galleries await at Dupont Circle, while boutique chic can be found in the city's trendier areas. For the ultimate trip, Georgetown has more than 1,000 stores for shopping galore.
With a burgeoning portfolio of Fortune 500 and blue chip headquarters and world-class universities barely miles from W Washington D.C., it's like being everywhere at once, whether you're visiting for business, pleasure or happily mingling the two. See below for more attractions and things to do in Washington D.C.
The National Geographic Museum - (distance .8 miles)
Corcoran Gallery of Art - (distance .6 miles)
| Smithsonian Institute - (distance 1 mile)
1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Once named "America's national museum," the Smithsonian houses priceless treasures that are open for the public to see. Funded by the Institute's own endowment, the museum is free to visit.
|Hillwood Museum and Gardens - (distance 4 miles)
Open Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm
Visit the estate, museum and its gardens just outside Georgetown. Embark on a journey that takes you to 18th century France with treasures you could only dream of.
|Washington National Monument - (distance 1 mile)
View the obelisk erected in honor of President George Washington from the National Mall. It is the tallest structure in Washington, D.C. and one of the nation's most recognizable structures.
|Lincoln Memorial - (distance 1.7 miles)
Across from the National Monument honor the country's sixteenth President by visiting the magestic Lincoln Memorial. The site of many famous speeches, the Lincoln Memorial continues to be one of the most visited spots in the country.
|World War II Memorial - (distance .8 miles)
Dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II, the impressive monument boasts magestic pillars and triumphant arches.
|Smithsonian National Zoological Park - (distance 2.8 miles)
A fun-filled afternoon for the entire family awaits. While visiting D.C. with the family, make a stop at the National Zoo for a unique experience. The National Zoo boasts a wide variety of animals to see and things to do for parents and children, alike.
|International Spy Museum - (distance .6 miles)
800 F Street
A fun museum that traces stories of espionage and intelligence that changed the course of history. The museum currently holds the largest international collection of espionage artifacts currently on public display.