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Historic Destinations in D.C.
This sprawling national park spans 146 acres in the heart of D.C. Discover the park’s memorials, monuments, and green spaces.
The Lincoln Memorial
Dedicated in 1922, this marble statue and the Parthenon-inspired structure housing it are located at the western end of the National Mall.
The White House
Make sure to book your tour in advance for the city’s most iconic building.
The instantly recognizable 555-foot obelisk towers over the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at the National Mall.
Founded in 1946, the Smithsonian Institution comprises 19 unique museums and galleries as well as the National Zoological Park. Visit the National Museum of African Art, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Air and Space Museum, and much more. Many of the museums offer complimentary admission throughout the year.
National Gallery of Art
Immerse yourself in the Sculpture Garden, featuring delightful and thought-providing works by Chagall, Miró, Louise Bourgeois, and many of your other favorite or soon-to-be-favorite artists.
International Spy Museum
This unique museum's not-so-secret mission is to educate the public about espionage through artifacts, virtual and in-person exhibitions, and immersive activities.
Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
Enjoy some outside time and visit the Cheetah Conservation Station, Great Cats, Elephant Community Center, and more. Food and drinks also are available on-site.
D.C.’s Unique Outdoor Scene
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath
Stretching 184.5 miles along the Potomac River, the towpath is walkable and bikeable, with various historic structures and sights along its length. Find the section that interests you, and enjoy the fresh air and lovely vistas.
FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market
Open year-round, this charming, bustling market is worth investigating, whether you want to pick up a snack or just enjoy the people-watching.
Rock Creek Park
Explore 1,754 acres of natural wonders, hiking and biking trails, historic structures, fountains, a planetarium, and more, all tucked into the northwest corner of the city.
The U.S. National Arboretum
Open your eyes to towering trees, the National Herb Garden, and everything in between on this 446-acre site, with nearly 10 miles of roads and paths. Gazebos, benches, and other structures provide places to pause and reflect.
Getaways Within a Day
Visible across the Potomac River from D.C., Old Town Alexandria beckons with top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping, and tours of historic sites, all in a tree-lined, walkable setting.
Annapolis is all about the sea, perfect for a quick getaway from bustling urban life. Sail, stroll along the dock, or enjoy a meal at many of the grills located along the shorefront.
Virginia Wine Country
As beautiful as it is unexpected, Virginia wine country is home to some 300 wineries throughout the state, from Northern Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
The site of George Washington’s palatial home features the estate itself, the farm, four intricate gardens, an education center, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, and more.