National Gallery of Art

The Mall

This sprawling museum complex, which spans 12,260sq feet on the eastern arm of the National Mall, was endowed by financier Andrew Mellon.  It houses one of the...

  • Art
  • Museum
  • 5
  • 1

Eastern Market

Capitol Hill

Probably one of the best shopping excursions in DC, Eastern Market in Capitol Hill sells produce, meat, cheese, and specialty ingredients in a large open hall. There...

  • Local Food & Drink
  • 5
  • 1

M Street in Georgetown

Georgetown

Georgetown's main shopping drag is M Street, which has a variety of upscale clothing boutiques and furniture stores.

  • Neighborhood
  • 5
  • 1

Rock Creek Park

Washington, DC

Rock Creek Park is an 1,800 acre park-twice the size of Central Park in New York-that stretches throughout northwest DC with multiple jogging, hiking, and bicycle

  • Hiking

Assateague Island National Seashore

Berlin, MD

Famous for its wild ponies that roam the shore, Assateague Island seashore is a 37-mile barrier island beach near Ocean City, Maryland. There are no accomodations...

  • Public beach

Sandy Point State Park

Annapolis, MD

The 786-acre state park about an hour outside of DC, Sandy Point has a large public beach with lifeguards where fishing and crabbing is allowed. The park itself is a

  • Public beach
  • Water fun
  • Walking
  • Park
  • Hiking

FRESHFARM Markets

Multiple Locations

This city-wide farmer's market system offering the best of local produce and handmade cuisine can be found Wednesdays from 3 to 7 in Foggy Bottom,  Penn Quarter...

  • Local Food & Drink

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Foggy Bottom

One of the country's leading cultural institutions, the Kennedy Center does double duty as the official living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. There are six...

  • Performing arts

National Museum of Natural History

National Mall

Complete with a Dinosaur Hall, an Ocean Hall, and a Hall of Human Origins, the National Museum of Natural History contains an array of natural wonders in its 23...

  • Museum
  • 5
  • 1

National Air and Space Museum

National Mall

You should arrive early to avoid lines at the National Air and Space Museum, as this is the second-most visited museum in America. Covering the history of flight...

  • Museum
  • 5
  • 1

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA

Spanning 624 acres and containing the remains of over 400,000 people, Arlington Cemetery is the most-visited cemetery in America.  Accessible via public...

  • Excursions
  • Cultural & Historical
  • 5
  • 1

National Aquarium

National Mall

The country's oldest aquarium, open since 1873, the National Aquarium has over 1,200 creatures on display in its tanks, including sharks, alligators, and a small sea...

  • Zoo
  • Water fun
  • Amusement Park
  • 5
  • 1

National Museum of the American Indian

The Mall

The Museum of the American Indian, with its striking curved limestone fa├žade, is located on the east end of the Mall by the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station.  The...

  • Museum
  • 5
  • 1

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Downtown

Founded in 1981, this is the largest museum in the world created to address the under-representation of women in the arts.  Four blocks northeast of the White...

  • Museum
  • Art
  • 5
  • 1

Old Town Alexandria

Alexandria, VA

A charming shopping spot on the Potomac River waterfront in Virginia, Old Town Alexandria can fill a day with its boutique stores, art galleries, farmer's markets

  • Other
  • Walking
  • Excursions
  • 5
  • 1

Smithsonian National Musem of American History

The Mall

The largest collection of American historical artifacts in the world is found here at the National Museum of American History, just beside the Washington Monument....

  • Museum

Museum of African Art

National Mall

An underground museum on the Mall, the Museum of African Art presents sculpture, archaeological artifacts, photography, pottery, and textiles from sub-Saharan...

  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical

International Spy Museum

Penn Quarter

The International Spy Museum is hugely popular with children 10 and up, who can spend hours exploring the history of spycraft from the 13C to today. Exhibits cover...

  • Museum
  • 3.5
  • 1

United States Botanic Garden

National Mall

The United States Botanic Garden, located close to the Capitol Building, is the oldest of its kind in America. Established in 1820, it serves as a welcome oasis from...

  • Natural Attraction
  • 4
  • 1

Tyson's Corner Shopping Center

Tyson's Corner, VA

Tyson's Corner in VA is metro accessible and is a true destination shopping complex with hundreds of stores, restaurants, and hotels.

  • Commercial Center
  • 3
  • 1

Pentagon City Mall

Pentagon City

Ten minutes from downtown DC by metro, this shopping center has over 170 stores, and is anchored by a Macy's and a Nordstrom.

  • Commercial Center
  • 3
  • 1

The Phillips Collection

Dupont Circle

Housed in a 19th-century Georgian revival brownstone in Dupont Circle, the Phillips Collection was the first modern art museum in America. Since opening in 1921, it...

  • Museum

Bike and Roll Tour Company

Multiple Locations

Offering both bicycle and segway tours of the monuments and other major tourist spots, Bike and Roll DC is a highly-rated option for those who would prefer to see

  • Other

C & O Canal Towpath / Big Wheel Bike Rental

Georgetown

This towpath along the historic C&O Canal is a great route for cyclists with plenty of fresh air and natural landscape. Start in Georgetown and stop at Great

  • Excursions
  • Bicycle

Capitol Crescent Trail

Georgetown

This paved trail runs along an old railroad line for 11 miles from Georgetown into Bethesda. It's a popular runner's spot and can get crowded on nice weekends.

  • Walking
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Excursions
  • Bicycle

Belle Haven Marina

Alexandria, VA

Just outside of DC in Alexandria, VA is Belle Haven Marina, where you can rent sunfish, Flying Scots, jon boats, kayaks, and canoes for two hours or the whole day....

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Water fun

Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach, DE

Bethany Beach in Delaware-named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the best secret beaches on earth-has all the amenities of a major beach with none of the...

  • Public beach
  • Excursions
  • Winter sport
  • Natural Attraction
  • Water fun
  • Outdoor Adventure

Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach, MD

About an hour outside of DC is Chesapeake Beach in Maryland. There's a water park nearby, and the beach itself offers fishing and sailing.

  • Public beach

Chincoteague Island

Chincoteague Island, VA

The beach on Chincoteague Island is quiet and untouched, with a large number of animals calling it home. The town of Chincoteague has several hotels and restaurants,...

  • Wild beach
  • Excursions
  • Water fun
  • Walking
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Natural Attraction

Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg, VA

Accessible by train or bus, and a two and half hour drive south from DC, Colonial Williamsburg is the perfect day trip out of the city. This was the nation's capital...

  • Amusement Park