Washing D.C. is full of famous historic sights and monuments, as well as the largest array of fascinating and free attractions.
Visit the White House, Capitol Hill, Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial… Then touch an American culture at the Smithsonian Institution.
Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.
Away from the famous sites, Washington D.C. unwinds into a fascinating network of neighbourhoods with trendy boutiques, hip bars and restaurants, plus art galleries, historic homes and lush parks. Shoppers love the store-lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. The city’s international character shines through in its Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle neighbourhoods with eclectic dining and nightlife and the historic centre of the city’s embassy community.
And thanks to D.C.’s pedestrian-friendly streets and its safe efficient public transportation system including Metrorail and the hip, new Circulator bus, it’s easy to get from your hotel to all the great Washington D.C. attractions. You can even take a tour on a bike or Segway.
Those looking to exercise their muscles as well as their minds will find no shortage of options in Washington D.C. One of the most popular activities is kayaking on the fast-moving waters of the Potomac or Shenandoah rivers, with challenging Whitewater tubing and rafting available for the extra bold! Beginners can learn to paddle on the calmer waters of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, or hire a bike and cycle along a section of the 184.5-mile towpath. For the ultimate adrenalin junkie, book a tandem skydive at Washington D.C. Skydiving Centre, with widescreen views of northern Virginia and the Capitol included with every freefall.