Washington D.C.

Capitol Dome (Detail) - Photo by Jake McGuire
Photo Courtesy of Jake McGuire

In Washington, D.C., you’ll enjoy access to fascinating, FREE attractions and historic sights. Touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s fifteen Washington, D.C. area facilities. Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

Shopping on M Street in Georgetown
Shopping on M Street in Georgetown
Photo courtesy of Destination DC

Away from these celebrated federal sites, Washington, D.C. unwinds into a fascinating network of neighborhoods where visitors discover trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks and gardens. Shoppers love the store-lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods, two prime destinations for eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic center of the city’s embassy community.

Washington Monument at Sunset
Washington Monument at Sunset
Photo courtesy of Jake McGuire

The arrival of several new eateries has made the nation’s capital a prime destination for dining out, with many of the city’s top tables located in the downtown Penn Quarter neighborhood. D.C. is also earning new recognition as a thriving performing arts town, with 65 professional theatre companies based in the metropolitan area presenting edgy world premieres and celebrated Broadway musicals throughout the year.

Thanks to D.C.’s pedestrian-friendly streets and its safe, efficient public transportation system—including Metrorail and the hip, new Circulator bus—it’s easy to get from your hotel to Washington, D.C.’s attractions. For more information, visit www.washington.org.