What to visit while in Washington D.C.
There are hundreds of sites to see and things to do in the DC area. Be sure to build a little extra time into your trip so that you can go after the day’s sessions and enjoy the area.
Visit the Washington DC Events Listing for the dates and times of special events.
Many of the historical and cultural offerings in DC can be found below:
- Arlington Cemetery is America’s premier military cemetery – a national shrine – a living history of freedom – where dignity and honor rest in solemn repose.
- National Mall – Each year, millions of people visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks to recreate, to commemorate presidential legacies, to honor our nation’s veterans, to make their voices heard, and to celebrate our nation’s commitment to freedom and equality.
- The Phillips Collection was the first Modern Art museum in the U.S. The space mixes pieces of all mediums from known artists, like Vincent van Gogh, to up-and-coming artists of today.
- The Smithsonian – The Smithsonian has 19 museums, galleries, gardens, and a zoo. Eleven museums and galleries can be found on the National Mall.
- Capitol Building
- Library of Congress serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
- Supreme Court
- The National Archives house the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
- Strathmore – A nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and concert venure. Concert schedule can be found here.
- Washington Nationals (MLB). Visit their website for ticket information.
- 9:30 Club – Concert venue hosting some of the most popular national acts. Concert schedule can be found here.
- Black Cat – Concert venue hosting up and coming independent artists and bands. Concert schedule can be found here.
- Howard Theatre – Concert venue built in 1910 for Washington’s black community. Famous acts such as Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Brown, and Duke Ellington all were performers at the theatre. Concert schedule can be found here.
- The Kennedy Center is the nation’s performing arts center.
Parks and Outdoor Activities
- Brookside Gardens – Sprawling 50-acre green space with conservatories, water elements, flowers & fruit trees.
- National Arboretum
- Rock Creek Park
- C&O Canal
- Great Falls Park
- Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
- United States Botanic Garden
- Paddle Boating and Kayaking