Greater Washington DC Area Attractions & Lodging
Popular D.C. Attractions
With this amazing tour of the city, you can visit an abundance of memorials, landmarks, government buildings, and more to get a complete overview of the entire capital. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach to places such as the U.S. Capitol, WWII Memorial, White House Visitor Center, and so much more. During the tour, your guide will provide wonderful commentary about the history and significance of each location to get a better understanding.
Get around the city of D.C. in a fun and unique way with the Wharf Water Taxi. The taxi travels along the Potomac River to areas such as Alexandria and Georgetown. The full ride lasts about 45 minutes if you stay on the whole way, or hop off early to get to many popular tourist sites you plan to visit along the way for an easy and comfortable ride through the capital.
With these lunch and dinner cruises, you can experience a beautiful cruise along the Potomac River as you see the many sights along the way while enjoying a delicious mouth-watering lunch or dinner. Sights to see along the way include the National Harbor, Jones Point Lighthouse, Old Town Alexandria, National War College, and many other locations for the perfect leisurely activity with friends and family on this luxurious cruise ship.
Architectural Wonders and Landmarks
One of the most well-known landmarks., the Washington Monument obelisk was built in 1884 and was built to commemorate the first President of the United States. At the base, there are fifty American flags that fly in a circle surrounding the monument. You can also get tickets to ride an elevator to the top of the monument and look out at the historical city from above!
A main stop on everyone's itinerary to D.C. is a stop at the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial was built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The memorial finished construction in 1920 and has been a major tourist attraction ever since. The memorial is open 24 hours a day so you can experience this historic monument.
Completed in 1947, the Jefferson Memorial honors and memorializes the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. The building features marble steps and a shallow dome with a 19-foot bronze statue in the center of the dome of President Thomas Jefferson.
Known as the official residence and workplace for the President of the United States since 1800. The building features beautiful architecture with roman style influences. Many tourists to the area walk along the outside gates of the White House, hoping to catch a glimpse of the present President.
United States Botanic Garden
Located on the United States Capitol grounds, the U.S. Botanic Garden is open every day of the year and helps to inform visitors on the importance of plant life by demonstrating plants aesthetically to show off the economic, cultural, and therapeutic values that flowers and plants bring. The garden features everything from rainforests and deserts to home garden plants like orchids and roses.
U.S. National Arboretum
Established in 1927, U.S. National Arboretum spans out over 446-acres and was built to help conduct research on trees, flowers, and plants. Not only do the grounds feature an expansive variety of plants, flowers, and trees, but there are also public artwork sculptures located throughout the area.
Art & Museums
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
This natural history museum is open 364 days a year and has free admission to the public. The museum opened in 1910 and was built to hold the national collections and research facilities. The museum contains over 126 million artifacts, plants, animals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and more.
This innovative and interactive art space consists of groundbreaking and immersive art exhibitions to inspire and educate the audience's artistic expression. The exhibits feature experiential and technological pieces of art through large open rooms that feature immersive artworks on all the walls that surround you. Exhibitions can change due to time and date so there can always be something new to see at the Artechouse.
National Archives Museum
The National Archives holds three important documents for the United States that the nation has used as a backbone for the country we live in. Located in the main chamber of the museum, you can witness the original Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. You can also see other important historical documents including the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, Emancipation Proclamation, and the Articles of Confederation.