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Washington Attractions

Welcome to the nation’s capital where you can find history and urban living in equal measure. There is no shortage of things to see in Washington D.C. From quintessential stops at places like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to hours spent at small museums and fantastic restaurants there are loads of ways to use your time in this city. Visit the Jefferson Memorial

stop by Ford’s Theater and cap off your day at a chic restaurant lounge. There is so much to do in the capital that many visitors take advantage of Washington D.C. tours.

Areas & Neighborhoods

Attractions in Washington D.C. span many neighborhoods each with its own vibe. Perhaps you want to dive into the arts scene or maybe you’re in town with one mission: Learn everything you can about American history. It doesn’t matter what you’re hungry for Washington is serving it in at least one neighborhood.

Arts District — Head to the Arts District for a sampling of the city’s best jazz musicians as well as iconic local restaurants serving late-night chili and plenty of historic buildings.

Capitol Hill — This neighborhood is naturally home to the U.S. Capitol Building. In addition to this important landmark you will also find other places of interest in the area. The Library of Congress is in Capitol Hill as well as the Eastern Market. Foodies will be happy to be met with lots of fine dining as well.

Chinatown — Washington D.C.’s Chinatown is not the largest of its kind in the nation. Still what it lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere. This neighborhood is a refreshing blend of culture cuisine and event venues.

Penn Quarter — Penn Quarter marries some of the best parts about Washington D.C. art and culture. For instance you can watch a major event at the Verizon Center just as easily as you can grab a bite at a small ethnic eatery.

Things to See in Washington DC

Spend your mornings reflecting in front of the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument. You can take photos of some of the most important sights in the country on just about every corner so keep your shutter finger ready. Other meaningful things to see in the city include: Jefferson Memorial Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Supreme Court building. Visit in the spring and you can revel in the sight of more than 1 000 cherry blossoms. And year round your evenings are easy to fill with shows like the Washington Ballet.

Things to Do & Attractions in Washington DC

The diverse list of things to do in Washington D.C. is ever growing while historic mainstays are not going anywhere. You can fill your time in more active pursuits walking through the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Museum. You might also want to spend an afternoon exploring the foliage in Rock Creek Park. The city sponsors a program called the Capital Bikeshare which has hundreds of bike rental stations in the city and makes it easy to get around. Washington D.C. bus tours help you see many of the most significant attractions in one day.


Where to stay in Washington

Downtown Washington D.C.

Art galleries, museums and theaters as well as vibrant entertainment, nightlife and shopping districts await in this city center neighborhood.



Just across the river from Washington, D.C., this urban county is known for its giant military cemetery and memorials.


National Harbor

Shop at stylish fashion boutiques, browse gourmet farmers markets, enjoy a romantic dinner, then stroll along the riverfront and watch a movie under the stars.

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Located across the river from Washington, D.C, this Virginia city offers a charming atmosphere, historical attractions and easy access to the nation's capital.


Dupont Circle

Funky shops, historic houses and fascinating museums have turned this once-exclusive neighborhood into a fun-loving bohemian district. 



Discover some of Washington’s oldest buildings, upscale shops and vibrant nightlife in this elegant riverside suburb.