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things to do in Washington, DC

Discover the beauty, history, culture and art of our nation's capital. Our Arlington, VA hotel offers a free shuttle to the Metro station so you'll easily discover all amazing things to do in Washington, DC in just minutes. Explore 19 Smithsonian museums and galleries, or tour the National Mall, home to majestic monuments and memorials along the Potomac River. Families can get wild at National Zoo, and theater and music lovers will be in heaven at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From historic Georgetown to the Newseum, Washington, DC will captivate and inspire.

Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Museums are incredibly diverse. Discover everything from the African Art Museum to the Portrait Gallery.

Washington, DC Monuments & Memorials

There is no shortage of monuments in DC. Highlights include the Washington Monument and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


Spend the day exploring this upscale neighborhood. Check out the historic sites, scenic gardens, and landmark homes.

National Zoo

Encounter exotic animals from around the globe, such as gazelles, zebras, lions and the giant pandas at the oldest zoo in the country.

Arlington Cemetery

The most famous cemetery in the U.S. is President Kennedy’s final resting place and the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts

Each year, 3,000 shows and events take place at this first-rate venue. Delight in theater, opera, ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance.


Relive top past and present news stories, which are illuminated through award-winning photographs, interactive exhibits, and films.

National Mall

At the heart of Washington, DC, the National Mall is bordered by memorials to leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Air and Space Museum

Your imagination will soar when you see such exhibits as Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and the Apollo 11 command module.
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