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Washington DC

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The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums. The city now boasts shopping, dining, and nightlife options befitting one of the world's major cities. Practically every visitor ends up on the centrally located 3 km (2 mi) long stretch of parkland holding the nation's finest monuments, as well as the world-famous Smithsonian Institution. To experience the true spirit of this vibrant metropolis and get away from neoclassical memorials for a little while, mingle with the locals at one of the city's trendy bars or restaurants. Customize your holiday with our United States trip planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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National Air and Space Museum ©
Specialty Museum
National Air and Space Museum
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
National Gallery of Art ©
Art Museum
National Gallery of Art
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©
Natural History Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©
History Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Washington DC

Washington National Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Washington National Cathedral
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tidal Basin ©
Water Body
Tidal Basin
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
The National Archives Museum ©
Specialty Museum
The National Archives Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
National Portrait Gallery ©
Art Museum
National Portrait Gallery
4.8
Duration: 1 hour

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Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Arlington National Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
Historic Walking Area
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Battlefield
Gettysburg National Military Park Gettysburg
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

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National Zoological Park ©
Zoo
National Zoological Park
4.1
Duration: 3 hours
Rock Creek Park ©
Military Museum
Rock Creek Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
National Building Museum ©
History Museum
National Building Museum
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
Georgetown Waterfront Park ©
Water Park
Georgetown Waterfront Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Washington DC

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National Museum of American History ©
History Museum
National Museum of American History
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
International Spy Museum ©
Specialty Museum
International Spy Museum
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
National Museum of African American History and Culture ©
History Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
National Museum of the American Indian ©
History Museum
National Museum of the American Indian
3.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Washington DC

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National Mall ©
Historic Walking Area
National Mall
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Georgetown University ©
Historic Site
Georgetown University
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
President Lincoln's Cottage ©
Historic Site
President Lincoln's Cottage
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Washington DC

Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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