Top Attractions to See and Things to Do in Washington, DC

There is so much to see and do in Washington, DC, that you can't see it all in just one visit. A well-rounded trip should include exploring the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the National Mall, and various Washington-area museums. We've listed other popular attractions to explore in the region. For more information, go to:

1. Visit the Smithsonian

Start at the Smithsonian Institution Building, where you can pick up a map and information on all of the museums. These national treasures cover a wide range of subjects from art to space exploration. Plan to explore the ones you are most interested in, but don't try to see everything at once. Be sure to save time to see an IMAX movie at the National Museum of Natural History or the National Air and Space Museum. For more information, go to:

2. Tour the National Monuments and Memorials

Our national monuments are truly spectacular. The best time to see them is at night when they are illuminated and less crowded, and more parking is available. During daytime visits, take a tour bus. Listen to informative talks from U.S. National Park Service rangers, and you won't have to negotiate congested city traffic.
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3. See a Show or Concert at the Kennedy Center

Live theatrical productions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are entertainment at its finest. Purchase tickets in advance for performances ranging from musicals to concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra, or see a free show at the Millennium Stage.
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4. Washington Hop-On-Hop Off Bus Tours in Washington, DC

Get a unique bird's-eye view of the capital of the United States, visiting all the key locations. Traveling around the National Mall, you'll see the U.S. Capitol building, the 15 museums of the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Across the Potomac River in Virginia, you'll find Arlington National Cemetery.
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5. Segway Tours in DC

Explore Washington, DC, on a guided Segway tour! This 2-hour tour is the perfect opportunity to check out the latest in cool transportation. If you have always wanted to get on board a Segway and experience the joy of gliding along, this is the tour for you. Explore the National Mall, from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. You will also glide by the White House, the National World War II Memorial, the Old Executive Office Building, and more!
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6. Cathedrals & Embassies Segway Safari in Washington, DC

Check out more than 40 Embassies on Embassy Row, see the home of the last owner of the Hope Diamond, and visit the magnificent Washington National Cathedral and grounds…all on the Cathedrals & Embassies Segway Safari. Segway safaris are guided rides that train you to use the Segway and take you over various terrains—all while showing you sites of interest and some major attractions in the District of Columbia.
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7. Washington DC Ducks Tour

If you're visiting Washington, DC, for the first time, or if you've been here a hundred times before—you've never seen the city as you will on board the DC Ducks Tour! This DC tour begins at Union Station and winds its way down Pennsylvania Avenue. Then, settle into your seat for a true thrill, because the DUCK will leave the streets and head straight for the Potomac. Sit back and relax, or throw your hands in the air with excitement as we take the plunge—without missing a beat, the DUCK becomes a boat and splashes down into the water!
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