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Washington DC Travel Guide

Washington, D.C. is a veritable hotbed of activity for tourists of all tastes. We at the BEST WESTERN Georgetown Hotel & Suites would like to make your visit as convenient as possible by offering a myriad of suggestions for fun things to see and do.
We offer these inside travel tips in the form of three informative sample itineraries. Each suggested Washington D.C. travel itinerary covers a specific area of interest. You'll be directed to everything from galleries, museums, and theatres to monuments, memorials, and government buildings. Included in our Washington, D.C. travel itineraries are 3 days worth of activities per itinerary; and a suggested evening planned as well!
Get started on your Washington, D.C. travels by downloading one of the following 3 free Washington D.C. travel itineraries.

Experience the Arts Itinerary

Art lovers, theatre buffs, and music aficionados will feel right at home in Washington, DC. Spend the daylight hours visiting museums and galleries galore, from the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, and the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum to the Hill wood Museum and Gardens, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Corcoran Gallery of Art. Evening entertainment abounds at the Kennedy Center, home to the Washington National Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, an open-air performance venue in Northern Virginia, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Quick Look into the Experience the Arts in D.C. Itinerary
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
National Gallery of Art The Phillips Collection National Museum of Women in the Arts
National Museum of African Art Woodrow Wilson House Museum National Building Museum
Freer & Sackler Galleries Textile Museum Corcoran Gallery of Art
National Portrait Gallery Hillwood Museum and Gardens DAR Museum
Studio Theatre Kennedy Center Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Neighborhood Tour Itinerary

Exceptional things to see and do await you in Washington, DC. Fill your days with such unique activities as bicycling along the Mount Vernon and Capital City Trails, shopping for vintage clothing in the hip Logan Circle/U Street neighborhood, taking in an exhibition at the Phillips Collection, America's original modern art museum, and touring the Frederick Douglass House at Cedar Hill.
When the sun sets, you can soak up the sounds of live blues at Madam's Organ, put on your salsa dancing shoes at Havana Village or catch a contemporary play at the edgy Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

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Quick Look into the Neighborhood Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Logan Circle/U Street (shopping) Georgetown Waterfront Anacostia Community Museum
African-American Civil War Memorial Dupont Circle (galleries and shops) International Spy Museum
Lincoln Theatre The Phillips Collection Donald W. Reynolds Center for Art and Portraiture
Adams Morgan Neighborhood(music clubs) C&O Canal Towpath (bicycling) Shakespeare Theatre Company

Monuments, Memorials & Points of Interest Itinerary

Get started early on your day in Washington, DC as there is a lot to see. Discover everything from the Supreme Court, Ebenezer Methodist Church, and Freedom Plaza to the Lincoln Memorial, African American Civil War Memorial, and the National Museum of African Art. At night, you'll have your choice of innumerable activities.
Tour monuments and memorials by moonlight, catch a show at the historic Lincoln Theatre, listen to first-rate music at Blues Alley or take in a provocative theatrical performance by the African Continuum Theatre Company at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Quick Look into the BW Georgetown Monuments, Memorials and Points of Interest Itinerary
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Ebenezer Methodist Church Metropolitan AME Church National Museum of African Art
Freedom Plaza Mary McLeod Bethune House National Air and Space Museum
Decatur House Museum African-American Civil War Memorial Southwest Waterfront
National Archives Lincoln Theatre Cedar Hill
Lincoln Memorial Blues Alley African Continuum Theatre Company

Around the District Itinerary

Your visit to Washington, DC will be a non-stop attraction fest. During the day, you'll have plenty to keep you busy, from the museums of the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall to the landmark monuments and memorials around the city.
Spend quality time in Georgetown, one of DC's top neighborhoods, which is home to high-end shops, a waterfront park, and mule-driven barge ride on the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.
Nighttime is the time for City Segway Tours, incomparable theatre, and professional sporting events, such as the Washington Nationals (baseball), Washington Wizards (basketball), and Washington Capitals (hockey).

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Quick Look into the Around the District Itinerary
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
White House U.S. Capitol Washington National Cathedral
Smithsonian Institution Museums Library of Congress Georgetown
National Gallery of Art Folger Shakespeare Library Hillwood Museum & Gardens
Washington Monument National Zoo Washington Nationals (Major League Baseball)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Kennedy Center U Street (live jazz)

Right in Our Bakyard Itinerary

Visitors to Washington, DC will find that there is no shortage of sightseeing, shopping, and eating. Sights range from Ford's Theatre and Washington National Cathedral to the African-American Heritage Trail and Cedar Hill, where Frederick Douglas resided. Several DC neighborhoods are known for great shopping. Anacostia is home to independently-owned boutiques while the Shops at Georgetown are geared to fashionistas. Mealtime choices are many.
For starters, you can savor a classic breakfast at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel. Appealing lunches can be had at B. Smith's, the southern restaurant in historic Union Station, and Ben's Chili Bowl, where ordering the signature chili half-smoke is a must. Enjoy a causal dinner at the Good Stuff Eatery or an upscale meal at the Blue Duck Tavern.
Quick Look into the Right in Our Backyard Itinerary
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Hay-Adams Hotel (breakfast) National Museum of American History Washington National Cathedral
Ford's Theatre Anacostia Neighborhood (shopping) Shops at Georgetown
B. Smith's (lunch) Ben's Chili Bowl (lunch) Georgia Brown's (lunch)
Madame Tussaud's African-American Heritage Trail Lincoln Memorial
Good Stuff Eatery (dinner) Art & Soul (dinner) Blue Duck Tavern (dinner)
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