Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States and is one of the most visited places in the nation. Its charm, rich history, and cultural sights make the life of any tourist a dream come true. Whether you are enjoying a visit at one of the free Smithsonian museums or paddling on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, you are sure to find something exciting and memorable to do in this historic city.
Here are just ten of the many things to do in Washington D.C.
1. National Museum of the American Indian ~ (Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Free admission.) This museum is part of the Smithsonian Institute and is dedicated to the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. It was designed in consultation with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native tribes to give visitors a richer and shared experience. Award winning exhibitions include Americans, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations and Return to a Native Place: Algonquian Peoples of the Chesapeake. Website: www.americanindian.si.edu.
2. National Postal Museum ~ (Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except for December 25. Free admission.) This museum is dedicated to the engaging history of the nation’s mail service. On display is the largest and most comprehensive philatelic material and collection of stamps in the world. The National Postal Museum is in the heart of Capitol Hill and is perfect for all types of events such as cocktail receptions, business meetings, and galas. You will be mesmerized by the spectacular 90-foot-high Atrium that showcases three vintage airmail planes suspended in mid-air. In addition, the Historic Lobby has a grand, Beaux-Arts-style area that features elegant marble floors, beautiful columns, and a rosette ceiling. Website: www.postalmuseum.si.edu.
3. The Escape Game DC, Georgetown ~ (Book online. Admission rates are $31 and up.) You can find a lost treasure or break out of the Titanic in this epic game room. Immerse yourself in adventure as you follow clues, solve puzzles, and complete your mission! The Escape Game is a team-building activity and corporate outing. Your team will improve communication, build morale, and talk about the adventure long after it is over. Website: www.theescapegame.com.
4. City Brew Tours DC. You drink, and they drive! ~ (Length of Tour is 3-4 hours.) Learn the rich history of Washington, D.C. by spending the day with DC Brew Tours. Take a journey and sample your way through the district as you experience artisan beers, craft breweries, and delicious food! This is the only beer tour company in the Capital region that has daily all-inclusive behind-the-scenes beer tasting. With every tour includes a tasting of over 15 different local beers, meals, VIP access to multiple breweries, and a round-trip from downtown Washington, D.C. Visit website for additional information.
5. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery ~ (Free Admission. Open every day except for Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) As part of the Smithsonian Institute, these two galleries hold outstanding collections or Asian art dedicated to deepening the public’s understandings of Asia, its culture and its history. Visit official website for more information.
6. National Museum of African American History and Culture ~ (Free timed-entry passes are required. Open every day of the week, times vary.) This museum is the only national museum devoted to the documentation of African American history, life, and culture. It has collected more than 40, 000 artifacts and helps all Americans to see how their stories, histories, and cultures are shaped and formed by world-wide influences. Website: www.nmaahc.si.edu.
7. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ~ (Free Admission, open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) The museum is dedicated to the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It serves as a memorial to the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust. Website: www.ushmm.org.
8. The Library of Congress ~ (Free admission. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Must reserve timed-entry passes.) This is the largest library in the world with millions of books, audio recordings, video and films, newspapers, photographs, and manuscripts in its collections. It is the main research facility of the U.S. Congress and home to the United States Copyright Office. Whether you are a researcher, book lover, or just visiting, the Library of Congress has an experienced staff on hand ready to assist you. Website: www.loc.gov.
9. National Air and Space Museum ~ (Reopens on October 14, 2022, with free timed-entry passes.) This is one of the two locations for this museum, the other is located in Virginia. Explore and discover the world’s largest collection of air and space stories, exhibits, and artifacts. The museum also has programs, lectures, and educational activities dedicated to the history, culture, and science of aviation. Website: www.airandspace.si.edu.
10. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ~ (Opened seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except for December 25. Free admission.) This museum holds an outstanding collection of 147 million specimens and artifacts telling the history and story of planet Earth. A dedicated and well-experienced staff will guide you through the exhibits as they share their knowledge and appreciation for our natural world and science. Website: www.naturalhistory.si.edu.
Washington D.C. is rich in American and world history and has many wonderful attractions for you to see. For more information and a full list, please visit Washington.org.
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