America’s capital, home to countless museums, and the cultural epicenter of the country, Washington DC is known for many wonderful and varied things.
While there are many monuments in the city, none are as grand or as iconic as the Lincoln Memorial. Free to all visitors, it is a beautiful construct honoring one of the nation’s greatest leaders and his timeless words.
The Smithsonian museums are numerous and varied, each containing priceless collections and displays. That being said, the Air and Space Museum is the best of the best, featuring amazing props from the history of aviation, including the Wright Flyer.
Established in 1864, Arlington has become the final resting place for over 400,000 men who served America, spanning all wars all the way back to the Civil War. Major sites include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Memorial Amphitheater.
The National Archives is home to the preserved documents of America. Once inside, you’ll be treated to the original Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights as well as the Emancipation Proclamation.
The International Spy Museum is a hidden gem in Washington DC. Though it appears unassuming on the outside, it is a huge and highly detailed story of spying through the years with many interactive displays, making it perfect for all ages.
Though still an active theater, the president’s box has remained untouched since the fateful night of President Lincoln’s assassination. History buffs can enjoy a tour while theater fans can enjoy local performances.
Famed for its giant pandas, the Smithsonian Zoo is beloved by all those who enjoy nature. It features thousands of creatures and, like all the Smithsonian museums, is absolutely free.
The Pentagon City Mall is the place to go shopping when in DC. Featuring four stories of over 170 stores, it takes at least one day to get through even half of it, so come prepared.
The classic obelisk seen in so many movies and TV shows, the Washington Monument was erected to celebrate the nation’s first president. Its elevator services were interrupted for updates but reopen Fall 2019.
Dinosaur bones and giant squids are only a tiny percentage of the wonders that inhabit the many exhibitions located throughout the Natural History Museum. Just be sure you don’t forget to sneak a peek at the Hope Diamond.
For fans of the local scene in a city, Dupont Circle is a historic part of DC that pulses with the soul of those living their daily lives here. It features eclectic coffee shops, enjoyable nightlife, and local shopping.
The US Botanic Garden opened its glass doors in 1820 and has since become the oldest continually operating garden in the country. While the greenhouse alone is worth visiting, it’s the butterfly garden that’s truly worth the draw.