Washington, D.C. Travel Guide
Plan Your Washington, D.C. Vacation
Given the heightened security concerns of present-day Washington, it might come as a surprise to learn that most government institutions continue to welcome the general public. The Founding Fathers' mandate of a free and open government lives on—just with metal detectors and bag searches. Though security checks are no one's idea of fun, most people find them a small price to pay for the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the government in action. Being in the famous halls of the Capitol or the Supreme Court is a heady experience. It's one part celebrity sighting and one part the world's best civics lesson.
The Capital City's hotel scene befits Washington's image as a world-class destination. With so much variety in lodging, the... read more
Washington has long benefited from a constant infusion of different cultures, making it a stellar culinary host for visitors... read more
Things To Do in Washington, D.C.
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
- American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
- 9:30 Club
- Capitol Steps
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Classically majestic and stunningly beautiful, the Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court stand at the heart of Washington, D.C.... Read more
Home of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the marble Capitol is an architectural marvel filled with frescoes and statues. Tours... Read more
D.C. is filled with kid-friendly attractions. These sights are sure winners: Any youngster who gets an allowance will enjoy watching... Read more
To get a sense for D.C. as the locals know it, try these experiences. Summers in D.C. add a refreshing twist to the typical... Read more
For thrifty visitors, D.C. can be a dream come true. All the Smithsonian museums and national memorials are free, as are many other... Read more
If ever there was a "do it yourself" city, it's D.C. The Metro system is safe and easy to navigate and most of the major sights and... Read more
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