Washington DC Things To Do

From world-class museums to the nation's most important monuments and historical sites, there are plenty of fun things to do in Washington, DC. Discover the 19 fascinating museums of the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Air & Space Museum, the most visited of all Smithsonian museums.

Explore fascinating cultural districts like Dupont Circle, or historical government buildings like the Pentagon and the Capitol Building. Washington, DC even offers many sites and activities for kids.  Check out our event calendar blog here.
Georgetown DC National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery -

The nation's most famous military cemetery was founded during the Civil War to honor war veterans. Originally part of legendary Civil War General Robert E. Lee's 200-acre family estate, the land was claimed by the government against the Lee family's wishes.

Later the Supreme Court ruled that the Lee family was owed $150,000 for land taken to create Arlington National Cemetery.


George Washington University -

Located down the street from the BEST WESTERN Georgetown Hotel & Suites, exploring the 43-acre campus is one of the most popular things to do in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The university's downtown location gives it the name of "the Foggy Bottom campus." The Foggy Bottom area is widely believed to have taken its name from the eerie fog that often cover the area.

The Pentagon -

Located on five acres in Arlington, Virginia, the Pentagon is deservedly one of the world's most well-know structures and one of the most popular attractions Washington, DC. The famed headquarters of the United States Department of Defense takes its name from its pentagon shape.

Dupont Circle -

Discover one of the more historic things to do on a Washington, DC weekend. Since the Civil War, Dupont Circle has been known as one of Washington, DC's most fashionable residential neighborhoods. Many of the city's grandest homes can still be found in this area, along with the famous shopping and hotels in
Dupont Circle.
 
 Verizon Center - Located only 2 miles from our Best Western Georgetown hotel, the Verizon Center  arena is host  to the world's top music acts and home to some of the most exciting professional US  sports teams. 
 
Georgetown Washington DC Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial -

One of the nation's most important monuments, the stirring memorial pays tribute to fallen President Lincoln. Located on the National Mall, Henry Bacon was the architect who designed the building. Visiting the site of the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most popular things to do every summer in Washington, DC.



National Cathedral -

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visiting the Cathedral designated as the "National House of Prayer" of the United States is one of Washington, DC's most popular things to do. More properly known as "The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington," it is an Episcopal Church.

The National Cathedral is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, second in the United States only to St. John's Cathedral in New York.

National Air & Space Museum -

Among the prized pieces in the collection are "The Spirit of St. Louis," Charles Lindbergh's famed craft in which he made the world's first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the original Wright Flyer. It's one of the best things for kids to do in Washington, DC.


Foggy Bottom Metro -

Located at the northwest end of the George Washington University campus, your closest Washington Metro station runs on the Blue and Orange Lines. The Washington Metro Foggy Bottom station is at 23rd and I St. It's a fast, inexpensive way to get to all the Washington, DC things to do.
Washington DC Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building -

The seat of our Congress is dominated by the central dome that towers over its rotunda and two building wings. The north wing houses the Senate, and the House of Representatives resides in the south wing. Visit the building's famed galleries to see congress in action.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial -

Solemnly placed in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall, it's located northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. Designed by American architect Maya Lin, the monument receives more than 3 million visitors each year.


National Zoo -

The National Zoo's most famous residents are the giant pandas. All counted, about 2,000 different kinds of animals live at the National Zoo and the Zoo's Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Virginia. Amazingly, almost all of these species live at the National Zoo's main location in DC.
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