Since its completion in 1800, the White House has undergone many transformations. From the President’s famous Oval Office to the State Floor rooms, the White House is both the home of the President of the United States and his family and a museum of American history.
Completed just after the American Civil War in 1868, the iconic U.S. Capitol Building houses the Senate and the House of Representatives. This Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government that represents the American people and makes the nation’s laws.
The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession. The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day of the year except December 25.
Washington, DC’s retail scene offers an array of reasons to pack an extra suitcase! From the charming shops in Georgetown to funky finds on U Street to the homegrown vendors at Eastern Market, visitors will find plenty of great gifts. Many of Washington’s world-class museums also boast only-in-DC souvenirs.
Beyond DC’s iconic memorials and monuments a number of unique neighbourhoods unfold throughout the city. From the urban buzz in downtown’s Penn Quarter to the tranquility of Woodley Park to the up-all-night feel of Adams Morgan, there’s so much to see and do beyond the Mall.
It’s no secret that DC’s dining star is on the rise. Foodies flock here for our celebrity chefs, top-rated restaurants and, of course, exceptional cuisine. Recently ranked in the Top 10 “America’s Best Restaurant Cities,” Washington, DC offers eclectic dining options throughout its many unique neighborhoods.
Take Segway tour around the memorials. Pedal your way around town with Bike the Sites or hop on and off the Old Town Trolley Tours. History buffs would enjoy in-depth walking tours from Cultural Tourism DC, while foodies might dine around town with DC Metro Food Tours.
Whether they want to see a space shuttle or marvel at an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton many of DC’s museum exhibits are geared towards keeping kids (and their parents) engaged. The city also offers many free attractions and family-friendly restaurants.