January 19, 2017

Destination D.C.

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Washington, DC visitors enjoy access to an impressive list of fascinating attractions, from the monuments and memorials on the National Mall to inspiring cultural treasures like the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art.  A diverse and beautiful world capital, DC invites visitors to step beyond these federal landmarks to explore charming neighborhoods like historic Georgetown, eclectic Adams-Morgan and trendy U Street.  DC’s neighborhoods tempt visitors with chic boutiques, hip new restaurants and bars, world-class theaters, art galleries and peaceful parks and gardens.

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Museum & Memorial Highlights

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Enjoy the festival that welcomes the arrival of spring, a tradition that showcases the beautiful gift cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital.  From arts and exhibits to cuisine and sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Smithsonian Institute

This educational and research institute is primarily funded by the U.S. Government as well as contributions and profits from its shops and publications.  With about 19 museums, zoos and research center in DC alone, the Institute also holds facilities in New York City, New York, Chantilly and Leesburg, Virginia and Panama.

  • Freer Gallery Jefferson Dr. and 12th St., S.W.
    View Charles Lang’s collection of small glass vessels and sculptures from ancient Egyptian art.
  • National African American History & Culture Museum1400 Constitution Ave., N.W.
    Come see the newest addition to the Smithsonian Museum collection. Explore the Civil Rights Movement to the Musical Crossroads in African American History.
  • National Air & Space Museum6th St. and Independence Ave., S.W.
    Come see the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and stop by the gift shop to sample some astronaut ice cream!
  • National Gallery of Art/East Building Constitution Ave., N.W. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
    Walk through the many corridors covered in masterpieces, or take a pleasant stroll in the sculpture garden to grab a coffee and enjoy the sunlight in the center courtyard.
  • National Museum of American History14th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
    Visit this newly renovated museum and see the exhibits that represent America’s history.  Walk a day in the life of a first lady at the First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibit.  If you are interested in something more hands-on, stop by the Spark Lab and learn what goes behind creating an invention.
  • National Museum of the American Indian4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W.
    Stop by the National Museum of the American Indian to see the Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes our World exhibit.  This exhibit focuses on the different worldviews and philosophies related to the creation and order of the universe.  The exhibit highlights eight cultural philosophies from the Americas.
  • National Museum of Natural History10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
    Ever wonder what the Hope Diamond looks like up close in person?  Visit the A Rare Encounter: The Hope and Wiitelsback-Graff Diamonds exhibit and learn more about the history of these precious stones.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts 13th St. and New York Ave., N.W.
    NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.   By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.
  • National Portrait Gallery8th and F St., N.W.
    Originally housing the U.S. Patent Office in 1836, this National Historic Landmark is one of the finest Greek Revival Architectural Buildings in DC. Aside from the great fine art exhibits, enjoy a tour of the building alone and see the curving double staircase, porticos, skylights and vaulted galleries.

International Spy Museum 800 F St., N.W.

Ever wonder what it feels like to walk on the tips of your toes as an undercover agent ready to solve the case?  Learn all the tricks of the trade at the International Spy Museum, where you can see spy gadgets and learn about the spies that had once lived around you. 

Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

One of Washington, DC’s newest museums, the Newseum’s 15 theaters and 14 galleries will keep you enthralled with the world’s greatest stories.  Whether you are interested in the Berlin Wall Gallery or the Pulitzer Prize Photograph exhibit, this will be a great hit!

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., S.W.

Visit the four floors of survivor testimonies and exhibition displays and take a self-guide tour through this museum.  View actual footage from the Holocaust as well as the Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story exhibit.

Monuments

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • The Washington Monument
  • World War II Memorial
  • and more

Tour Options

Big Bus Tours

Enjoy a tour of remarkable landmarks throughout D.C. including Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial, the White House, and more.

DC Ducks

Climb aboard an authentically fully restored WWII amphibious vessel for a whole new sightseeing adventure.  From Union Station through DC, enjoy a fully narrated 90-minute land and water tour.

Gray Line Tours

This tour company provides a variety of tours of Washington, DC and surrounding area ranging in length and price.  Visit their website for more details and enjoy the Taste of DC Tour or the Open Top Sightseeing Tour.

Old Town Trolley Tours

Enjoy narrated tours of DC entertainment with historical facts and anecdotes.  Passengers can get off and re-board at any of 26 stops from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Theatre Highlights

Ford’s Theatre

511 10th St. NW

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St. NW

The National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

The Warner Theatre

513 13th St. NW

Arena Stage – Kreeger Theater

1101 6th St. SW

Shopping Areas

Chinatown 

Along H and 7th Sts., N.W.

This up-and-coming neighborhood has shops and restaurants not to mention a beautifully ornate Chinese Entrance Gate, called the Friendship Arch.

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA

An upscale shopping mall located minutes from the nation’s capital; there is everything you need in this one place.

Georgetown

Found in 1751, the oldest section of Washington, DC is now filled with shops, restaurants, antiques and crafts, Georgetown is also home to the Historic dwellings such as the Taylor Place and Dumbarton Oaks.  You can also sit by the waterfront and enjoy a few cocktails.

National Harbor

165 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD

Just across the border into Maryland, the harbor is a great place to taste some fresh seafood, view the shopping promenade.

Union Station 

50 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.

Union Station has a great shopping promenade and restaurants housed in Washington, DC’s historic still-in-use train station.

U Street Corridor/Adams Morgan

13th and U Sts., N.W.

One of the most culturally diverse areas of DC, Adams Morgan and the U Street corridor have excellent restaurants and great eclectic shops.  It’s one of the best areas to taste the flavors of DC- literally!