Are you looking for a new travel destination? Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, might be just what you're looking for! This blog post will give you 11 reasons to visit Washington D.C and explore all that it has to offer. From museums, to monuments, and tons of shopping opportunities in between--Washington D.C is sure to have something for everyone!'
Although the coronavirus shutdowns have put a damper on travel and entertainment, Washington D.C is a wonderful city to explore and we are excited to be reopening the country.
Visit the National Mall
Considered by many to be “America’s Front Yard,” the National Mall and Memorial Parks is a large urban park in the center of Washington D.C, stretching from the U.S. Capitol to Lincoln Memorial and offering space for 24 million visitors each year! It’s also home to many of our country’s most iconic memorials telling the story of people and events that shaped us as a nation
Plan a visit to the National Mall in Washington D.C. today with help from National Park Service.
Explore Georgetown and its historic sites like Dumbarton Oaks and Tudor Place
Georgetown is a historic neighborhood within Washington D.C., that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capital, with its cobblestone streets lined by stately homes and tree-lined sidewalks perfect for a stroll or bike ride!
The National Park Service is working to restore the Georgetown canal for public use, and in the meantime visitors can enjoy a variety of walking tours to explore Georgetown’s historic sites like Dumbarton Oaks.
Tudor Place is an early 19th century mansion that has been restored as a public museum with collections spanning over 200 years on four stories! Located just steps away from two Metro stations, it's a great place to spend an afternoon.
Find out about Georgetown history on tours offered through National Park Service Georgetown Heritage Area Visitors Center.
Go to a Nationals game at Nationals Park
Sports fans will have plenty of opportunities to cheer on the Washington Nationals at their home stadium in Southeast D.C., a multi-purpose facility opened in 2008 with 42,000 seats and plenty of food stands, merchandise shops, and even an izakaya for pregame drinks!
Washington DC is home to more than a dozen MLB teams and has hosted some of baseball's most historic moments—including Babe Ruth’s 1927 “called shot” homerun at Griffith Stadium.
Nationals Park is one of the few Major League baseball stadiums that has a natural field made of four Kentucky bluegrass varieties, designed to replicate the field of play in D.C. during the era when America's pastime was born.
Eat at Ben's Chili Bowl
The best way to experience Ben's Chili Bowl is with a half smoke, chili and Dr. Pepper for the full DC Experience!
Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC has a cult following for its chili and half smokes, as well as the creation of Washington DC's own style called Dr. Pepper which tastes just like it sounds--a sweet cola mixed with some spice!
The restaurant has been in business since 1958 and is open 24/365 (except on Thanksgiving Day)! It lives up to its reputation as one of Washington DC's best homegrown locally owned restaurants.
Take a tour of the White House and Capitol Building
The White House is the home of our president, and it's also a museum. The capitol building houses all three branches of government: legislative, executive (the president) and judicial (Supreme Court). These are two must-see places for any visitor to Washington D.C!
See the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia
Arlington Cemetery is a solemn place to visit that's just across the Potomac River in Virginia. It is also home to many American heroes, including President John F. Kennedy and General George C. Marshall who were buried there after their death.
The war memorials are a series of buildings that contain memorabilia from various wars (1917-present) as well as information on American history on display for all to see.
Walk along the Potomac River and enjoy views of the Arlington Cemetery
The Potomac River is a shining example of the natural beauty in the United States. Walk along the trail that runs alongside it, and you'll come across views of Arlington Cemetery as well as other natural sights such as waterfalls (if they're running).
Walk through Rock Creek Park
Another nature destination, Rock Creek Park is located in the center of Washington, D.C. The park contains over 20 miles of trails that are open to the public year-round for exploration and enjoyment.
Tourists can walk through all as well as bike along Rock Creek Parkway which runs alongside it on one side or even glimpse views from a horseback riding tour (which is available seasonally).
See a show at Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre most notably the site of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, is also a great spot for performances.
You can choose from a variety of theatrical events, including Broadway-style productions and concerts at the historic theatre in town. The Ford's Theatre Society occasionally performs free shows as well on select evenings--check their website to see what is available!
Visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History & National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is home to some of the most unforgettable exhibits, including our personal favorite, the Hope Diamond.
This gemstone is one of the most famous and recognized items in history! The gem has a history of being stolen and then found, which is probably part of the reason it's so popular. You'll also find other treasures such as fossils from dinosaurs to meteorites on display within this museum- it's definitely not your average art gallery!
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is also one to check out while you're in town; this museum honors the rich culture that makes up America! Inside you'll find exhibits about slavery, Jim Crow and African American historical figures.
Visit the National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in Washington D.C, and for good reason! It's full of history and interesting artifacts from the early days of flight to our future as a space-faring nation. There are also interactive exhibits that help you explore what it feels like to fly or do stunts in the air.
See some of the world's most famous paintings at The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection is a great museum that showcases some of the most famous paintings in history. They also show pieces from lesser-known artists who have influenced modern day painting styles, and take part in discussions about art appreciation.
Watch an outdoor concert in Georgetown Park
Georgetown Park is notorious for showing some of the country's best musicians every Thursday night from May through September, and the concerts are absolutely free! You won't want to miss it!
Attend a concert in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
It's a great spot for all types of music, from classical to pop. And the Kennedy Center is one of those venues that has been around since we were kids and it doesn't disappoint!
The concert hall also offers shows by groups like The National Symphony Orchestra, Opera America, Washington Performing Arts Society and more.
Visit the National Zoo
Visit The National Zoo, which houses more than 600 different species that you can see for yourself!
The National Zoo offers a great chance to get up close and personal with animals from all around the world in their natural habitats - this experience will be unforgettable for the younger ones.
Shop at Union Station and visit museums in D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood
Who doesn't love a day of shopping? Union Station is a modern shopping mall, that features over 80 stores. They have everything from clothing to souvenirs and even food!
There are Many Great things to Do in Washington DC
Whether you're interested in art, history or culture - there's something for everyone! I hope this blog post has helped provide some ideas on where to go while visiting Washington D.C.