The Best of Washington D.C.

The vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of the USA, Washington D.C. is bursting with exciting things to do. See a plethora of cultural sites, amazing art, monuments, memorials, and museums. The nation’s capital is more than just politics, home to the White House and the president of the United States, D.C. is a manageable size with easy access to the rest of the East Coast. Discover below the best experiences, attractions, and things to do in the nation’s capital.

Explore the National Mall


Taking a tour of the National Mall should be on the top of anyone’s list when visiting this city. Stretching around 2 miles from the impressive Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial, see monuments, memorials, and museums aplenty. Take a walk beside the Reflecting Pool and make a visit to the National Gallery of Art. Showcasing an impressive collection of modern art, impressive installations, and famous works of art by notable artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.

Visit the Capitol


The United States Capitol is one of the most iconic landmarks in Washington DC and is free to visit. Home to American politics and containing the US Congress, the iconic neoclassical building was constructed in 1800. A National Historic Landmark, it is a strong symbol of democracy and a source of national pride. Take time to explore the Greek Revival national Statutory Hall with its marble floors and columns, the Crypt with its replica of the Magna Carta and the lavish domed Rotunda.

National Zoological Park

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Containing more than 1,500 animals from over 300 diverse species, the National Zoological Park is spread across 163 acres and is divided into several zones. An awesome place to visit as a family, observe an array of animals ranging from rare pandas to giant salamanders via elephant trails and lounging lions. The zoo isn’t just a place for people to see animals; it’s also a major conservation and research centre. Children (and adults!) can get up close and personal with tame creatures just make sure to wear comfortable footwear. 

National Arboretum

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Marvel at the National Capitol columns at the National Arboretum, a 446-acre agricultural wonder found in the heart of the district. Featuring the historic National Capitol Columns that supported the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol from 1828 to 1958. The columns make for a jaw-dropping Instagram photos!

Rock Creek Park

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Established in 1890, it is the third national park to be established in the United States of America. An oasis for city dwellers, hike, run, cycle or skate the 32 miles of trails that from the Maryland border to south of the Roosevelt Bridge. Tips for first time visitors: start your visit at the Nature Centre and Planetarium, visit the visitors centre then explore the half-mile Woodland Trail or the quarter-mile, accessible Edge of the Woods trail.

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