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The 8 Best Things To Do In Washington DC

The 8 Best Things To Do In Washington DC

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People biking in Washington DC

With monuments, memorials, and striking government buildings, Washington DC is a place like no other. The capital city boasts some of the most popular sights in the world ─ the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington Monument, The White House, and the Washington National Cathedral. Additionally, a number of museums have quite impressive collections. Have a look at the best things to do in Washington DC!

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The 8 Best Things To Do In Washington DC

National Mall

National Mall long grassy strip

The majestic National Mall is home to the country’s most important monuments and memorials. They honor the courage and sacrifices of those who’ve served their country. Visit the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, F.D.R. Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial and take a walk around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

This national museum features collections that tell the history of the planet. Learn about the ecology of African elephants, examine the diversity and global influence of Africa’s communities, see the skeletons of different animals, explore plants and butterflies, discover the world of ancient Egypt, and encounter a 52-foot-long model of a female mega-toothed shark.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

American Art Museum building

Another beautiful Smithsonian museum in DC boasts one of the largest collections of American art. Admire art pieces made by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singleton Copley, and other talents. Some of the highlights include Early American Art, Contemporary Art, Modern Folk and Self-Taught Art, African American Art, Latino Art, and more.

The Museum Of African American History

The Museum Of African American History

The Museum Of African American History is the only national museum dedicated to the documentation of African American history and culture. View the nurse’s uniform worn by Pauline Brown Payne, a photograph of the crowd wading in the Reflection Pool, a jacket donated by Soul Train dancer Thomas “Tom Tom” Evans, a digital image of marchers at the Women’s March, and other items.

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International Spy Museum

SPY Museum building

SPY is an independent nonprofit museum with a collection of espionage artifacts. Some of the collection highlights are the George Washington spy letter, a shoe with a heel transmitter, a pigeon camera, a camera concealed in a cigarette lighter, and a tree stump listening device. Visitors can also go on an undercover mission and test their spy skills with digital interactives.

Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Also known as The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the Washington National Cathedral is an American Cathedral of the Episcopal Church. You can take one of the available tours: Thematic Tour (Stained Glass Windows), Insider Access Tour (Behind the Scenes), or General Sightseeing. There are multiple ways to explore the Cathedral! Moreover, you can roam around the gardens and climb the tower.

Capitol Hill

Capitol building

Capitol Hill consists of the United States Capitol, Senate and House buildings, the Library of Congress, the Marine Barracks, the Supreme Court building, the Washington Navy Yard, and the Congressional Cemetery.

Tourists can visit Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall but not the Senate and House Galleries. All tours are led by professional guides and visitors need to go through security screenings. Check out a list of prohibited items before you go!

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The White House

The White House

The White House tours are free of charge but they are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. They also have to be submitted through a Member of Congress and their Congressional Tour Coordinator. Moreover, if you are a citizen of a foreign country contact your embassy in Washington DC. The public tour includes the Blue Room, Red Room, Green Room, China Room, the State Dining Room, and you can view the White House Rose Garden.


What is the number one attraction in Washington DC?

National Mall.

Are 2 days in Washington DC enough?

Yes, it’s enough time to visit the most famous tourist sights.

What are the best things to visit in Washington DC?

  • National Mall;

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History;

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum;

  • The Museum Of African American History;

  • International Spy Museum;

  • Arlington National Cemetery;

  • Washington National Cathedral;

  • The White House;

  • Capitol Hill.

What else can you visit in Washington DC?

  • National Arboretum;

  • National Archives;

  • National Postal Museum;

  • National Portrait Gallery;

  • Holocaust Memorial Museum;

  • The Kennedy Center;

  • United States Botanic Garden;

  • Air and Space Museum;

  • Rock Creek Park;

  • Ford’s Theater.

What are the most popular Smithsonian Museums?

  • National Museum of Natural History;

  • National Museum of American History;

  • National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center;

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum (With the Renwick Gallery);

  • Smithsonian Institution Building, “The Castle”;

  • National Portrait Gallery.

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