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Washington, DC as the seat of our government has many interesting places to visit such as the US Capitol, the US Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the White House. Also, there are the numerous memorials and monuments honoring key people in our history as well as the men and women who died performing great service to our country. There are the all the famous places known the world over like the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Air and Space Museum and the Kennedy Center.
Washington has many other things to see and do.
- take a walking tour based on Lincoln’s assassination
- watch experts from the Smithsonian preserving art and doing other conservation work at the Lunder Conservation Center
- visit the International Spy Museum
- visit the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.
- sports including golf, ice-skating, horseback riding and treetop adventures
- besides the many souvenir shops, there’s shopping at Georgetown Park and Union Station
- for fine dining there’s a wide variety of cuisines to rival NYC and superb seafood
The Washington, DC Tourism site is a great place to get information on hours, locations, admission fees and other good things to know.
The peak tourism time starts around late March and early April when the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place and then again in the fall. The off-season time is considered to be January, July and August and the best time to get great hotel deals. If you can deal with the intense heat and humidity of DC summers, the 4th of July celebration on the National Mall is not to be missed. Summer is also when the city hosts festivals celebrating food, music, films and many other topics.
Check out the Washington DC travel bag from our Travel Neighborhood. It includes an official map and visitor’s guide along with guidebooks from Fodor’s, Frommer’s and Timeout. There are also two guidebooks especially for kids. Here’s some other resources: