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Explore Washington, DC

No matter what you are interested in, you'll find something to do during your time in Washington! Take a look at the following DC highlights, and visit washington.org to learn more. If you're looking for restaurant recommendations, check out Zagat's guide to the best restaurants in town!

Meet the DC Pandas

Head over to the Smithsonian's National Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the United States! The National Zoo is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species, including the city's famed Giant Pandas. Best of all, admission is free!


Tour the National Mall

The National Mall encompasses the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Nearby, you'll find notable attractions like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Tidal Basin.



Expand Your Knowledge

The Smithsonian Institution is home to 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall, all free of charge! This includes the African American Museum, African Art Museum, Air and Space Museum, American Art Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and more! 



Schedule a White House Tour

Visit the East Wing of the White House, including the Blue Room, Red Room, Green Room, State Dining Room, and China Room! Please note that White House tours require advanced planning, and requests must be made through your member of Congress, and can be requested starting three months prior to your visit. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so mark your calendar and plan to reach out to your Congressional representative in July!


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Stop By the U.S. Capitol

The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. Visitors are welcome as walk-ins to the Capitol Visitor Center, but must be part of a guided tour to enter the actual Capitol. We recommend booking your tour ahead of time through the Visitor Center, through your Congressional Representative, or through your Senator.



Visit Arlington National Cemetery

Pay tribute to the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in U.S. military conflicts since the American Civil War. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 military veterans and their immediate families, including President John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Be sure to attend the Changing of the Guard ritual, taking place once every hour.