6 Places to See in Washington D.C.

6 Places to See in Washington D.C.

This small but powerful city sits on the banks of the mighty Potomac River and represents much of what America stands for as a nation. A relatively new city in terms of American history, it is an excellent destination for anyone interested in American government or history. Read on for our vote on 6 places to see in Washington D.C.

The National Mall

This stunning two-mile patch of grass in what is the relative center of the city is surrounded by the 15 of the Smithsonian Institute museums on the east end and is sprinkled with monuments and memorials on its western end. Biking is the preferred way to explore this area as walking can take hours. Book-ended by the famous Lincoln Memorial and the US Capitol on each end, there is something for everyone here.

Capital Hill

Obviously, the US Capitol is a highlight of places to see in Washington D.C. You can walk in and request a free ticket at the desk in the low season. Although, pre-reserved tickets are suggested for the more popular times of the year. In addition, you can take the tunnel over to the splendid library of congress. One of the first buildings in the city to have electricity installed at the time of construction, the building takes full advantage of the new invention with its ornate light fixtures. Essentially the entire interior is cover with intricate mosaics and will capture anyone’s attention for hours.


Known as the traditional shopping area of Washington, D.C., it is also the oldest part of the city. You can visit the Old Stone House, managed by the national park service. This structure was once visited by George Washington himself and is the oldest house still standing in Washington, D.C. Leave M Street to discover the quieter and more traditional side of Georgetown and marvel at the excellently preserved row homes and perhaps stumble upon the home of an odd senator or department secretary. Georgetown is truly one of our favorite places to see in Washington D.C.

The National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1888 and has been headquartered there ever since. While the building isn’t much to write home about, the museum has two rotating exhibit halls that are always excellently curated, and one is usually an exhibit by one of the staff photographers that has made the National Geographic magazine so famous. You do need to pay, but the exhibits are always worth the money.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

This off the beaten path destination is a favorite of locals. Just across the bridge from the famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts lies an 89 acre island. It has essentially been untouched since the end of the American Civil War. Bikes are forbidden on the island. However, there are plenty of walking trails you can enjoy to get away from the bustle of the city and find some quiet. You’ll be able to see some local wildlife while exploring. Make sure to visit the statue of Theodore Roosevelt, a lover of nature and the outdoors hence the dedication of an untouched island to his honor.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

The National Zoo is a wonderful place to visit. You can learn more about the Smithsonian’s effort to educate the public about wildlife conservation. The Smithsonian National Zoo hosts 13 exhibits from a kids farm to many different animal exhibits.

We are most excited about the Experience Migration exhibit coming to the zoo in 2021. This is what the Smithsonian National Zoo has to say about their upcoming bird exhibit.

“Millions of beating wings, thousands of miles, extraordinary colors. Bird migration is one of the most spectacular events in the natural world, and by 2021, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds.

With almost 100 species of birds, Experience Migration and the surrounding bird plateau will be the first zoo exhibition of this size that focuses on the cyclical journeys of migratory songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Through themed walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences and dynamic educational programming, Experience Migration will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways.”


Washington D.C. is a fabulous place to visit.  Most people associate D.C. with American Government and rightfully so. However, there is so much more to this city that can make your visit a memorable lifetime vacation highlight. We hope these 6 places to see in Washington D.C. helped you plan your itinerary. Have fun on your visit and let us know how you enjoyed it.

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