1.) Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall
This should most definitely be your first stop when you get into town. There are tons of Smithsonian Institutes with history just waiting for you to see. The best part about them is that they are free. Head to any and you’re sure to have a great time. Some of the more popular ones are the Air and Space Museum, American Art Museum, American History Museum, National History Museum and the Smithsonian Gardens. They are all great choices and you are sure to learn a lot!
2.) Tour the National Monuments and Memorials
Make a “history day” of it! After you are done touring the museums you want to see, head to the monuments to get a look at something really spectacular. Honor our past Presidents, past veterans and more by visiting the different sites. Tourist favorites include the Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. These massive structures are sure to wow you!
3.) Tour our Nations Houses of Government
Visitors from around the world come to DC in hopes of making it inside the most famous house in the world. To arrange a tour make sure you plan ahead and request a tour through one of your members of Congress.
Shopping lovers UNITE! Go back in time to cobblestone roads and take a walk through Georgetown, one of the most sought after properties in the DC area. Georgetown offers gourmet restaurants and swanky shops giving you the experience of a lifetime.
5.) Head to the C & O Canal
Be outdoorsy on your vacation… the DC region is lucky enough to have plenty of parks throughout the area but C & O Canal is truly astounding. They offer tons of exercise options along with fun water sports such as kayaking through the canal. Bring a picnic and make a day out of it with your family.
6.) Mount Vernon
This is another one of our favorites. Mount Vernon is located right outside of DC in nearby Northern Virginia… home to the first President of the United States, George Washington. Mount Vernon tries hard to keep things exactly like they were back in the 1740’s as you can walk through the house to see how he really lived. It’s on a beautiful river, has plenty of gardens to tour and is one of our favorite stops… even as locals!