Experience the history of our nation’s capital the moment you step outside our doors. Enjoy a stroll in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and take a tour of the U.S. Capitol or the Library of Congress. Spend a day visiting the nearby Smithsonian Museums, make your way to the Washington Monument, or explore the city’s unique culinary scene.
This cosmopolitan neighborhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighborhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day.
This culturally diverse neighborhood is known for its nightlife and eclectic dining scene thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor.
U Street is both historic and colorful, boasting some of the richest culture of the city and full of bars, restaurants, and boutiques. You’ll find jazz clubs, nationally and internationally acclaimed bands and DJs playing aboveground and underground and all sorts of options for affordable tunes.
The beauty of Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks, grand homes and peaceful C&O Canal are only part of the draw to this tree-lined historic neighborhood – as home to some of the city’s top shops, tastiest restaurants and most luxurious hotels.
The backbone of the city is built on arts and culture. Enjoy awe-inspiring art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and music scenes and so much more. Washington, DC is a cultural hub with a thriving theater and performing arts scene.
This world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo. Explore and learn about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents with more than 150 million objects, works of art and specimens to discover.
Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 1,500-plus animals that call the 163-acre park home. The zoo’s habitats feature animals from 300 different species and about 25 percent of the zoo’s residents are endangered.
The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. The Capitol Dome is encircled by murals, and the fresco on the eye of the ceiling is called The Apotheosis of Washington. Below, on the walls of the Rotunda, are large paintings depicting significant events in American history.
Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791. The cornerstone was laid in 1792 and a competition design submitted by Irish-born architect James Hoban was chosen. After eight years of construction, President John Adams moved into the unfinished house in 1800.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. Adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the USHMM provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington.
Located in Arlington County, VA, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., The Pentagon was designed by American architect George Bergstrom and built by contractor John McShain. Ground was broken on September 11, 1941, and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943.
Photos courtesy of: washington.org - Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan Neighborhood, U Street, Georgetown, National Theatre, U.S. Capitol, The White House; Michelle Forte Photography - National Museum of Natural History; Smithsonian's National Zoo - National Zoo; Wikimedia - Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetary; Wikipedia - The Pentagon.