What to do and see in Washington DC
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Washington DC – an Overview
Washington, DC was named for George Washington who is a Founding Father and the first president of the United States. This alone makes it a wonderful place to work in. It’s a place where you find a rich chunk of American history that is why it is also one of the most visited cities in the U.S. In 2016, there were over 20 million visitors recorded. The three branches of the U.S Federal government – legislative, executive, and judicial – are centered here. It also hosts 177 foreign embassies and it serves as headquarters for many international trade unions, organizations, professional associations including the World Bank Group, National Geographic Society, Human Rights Campaign, the American Red Cross, and the International Finance Corporation. It really is the perfect place for law firms and law professionals. So, if you work in this beautiful city, you’d want to know what is there to do and see in Washington?
What to do in Washington?
Looking for something to do in Washington is not difficult at all. With so many museums, monuments, theaters, music venues, festivals to go to, and restaurants to visit, spending time outdoors or indoors after work or during a day off would always be an adventure you could look forward to. There is something for everyone. Surely, working in this city would be one of the best experiences you could have.
What to see in Washington?
When it comes to tourist spots or top attractions, we have a list that you could visit as you can see below. But, if you’d want the highlights, you could go ahead and visit the National Mall, a large open park downtown Washington which is between Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capital. This is where the presidential inaugurations are held and is also a popular area for concerts and festivals. You could also see the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Pier which are near the center of the mall, just south of the White House. You could also visit the National World War II Memorial found at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Another landmark you could see would the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Another interesting tourist spot to visit would be the Tidal Basin which features rows of Japanese cherry trees. Around the Tidal Basin, you see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, George Mason Memorial, and the District of Columbia War Memorial. Other places you could visit around Washington would be the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, right across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. This is 639 acres of land that keeps the dead of the nation’s conflicts since the Civil War.
If you want to learn more about American history, you can visit the National Archives which houses important documents like the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. You could also see the Library of Congress, the largest library complex in the world which has a collection of more than 147 million books and manuscripts.
When it comes to museums and art, you can visit the National Museum of National History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, and many more listed below. The National Gallery of Art is also one of the best places to visit which features American and European artworks. It would be important to note that Washington DC is a national center for the arts. That is why the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet.
- Smithsonian (http://www.si.edu/)
- Newseum (http://www.newseum.org)
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (http://www.ushmm.org/)
- The International Spy Museum (http://www.spymuseum.org/)
- Mount Vernon (http://www.mountvernon.org/)
- National Geographic Museum (nationalgeographic.com)
- National Aquarium (nationalaquarium.com)
- Bureau of Engraving and Printing (moneyfactory.gov)
Theaters & Music Venues
- The Kennedy Center (http://www.kennedy-center.org/)
- The National Theatre (http://www.nationaltheatre.org/)
- Ford’s Theatre (http://www.fordstheatre.org/)
- Wolf Trap (http://www.wolftrap.org/)
- Shakespeare Theatre Company (http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/)
- Merriweather Post Pavilion (http://www.merriweathermusic.com/)
- The Fillmore (http://fillmoresilverspring.com)
- Nissan Pavilion Jiffy Lube Live (http://www.nissanpaviliononline.com)
- Strathmore – (http://www.strathmore.org)
- The DC IMPROV Comedy Club & Restaurant (dcimprov.com)
- Arena Stage (arena-stage.org)
- Discovery Theater (org)
- The Washington Ballet (washingtonballet.org)
- DC Convention Center (dcconvention.com)
- Verizon Center (http://verizoncenter.com/)
Parks & Outdoor Activities
- National Zoo (http://nationalzoo.si.edu/)
- C&O Canal (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc6.htm)
- Rock Creek Park (http://www.nps.gov/rocr/index.htm)
- Great Falls (http://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm)
- Meridian Hill Park (http://www.nps.gov/mehi/index.htm)
- Capital Bikeshare (http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/)
- Tidal Basin Paddle Boats (http://www.tidalbasinpaddleboats.com/)
- Marine Corps Marathon (http://www.marinemarathon.com/)
- Duck Tours (http://www.historictours.com/washington/dcducks.htm)
- Six Flags (http://www.sixflags.com/america/index.aspx)
- Washington Football Team (http://www.washingtonfootball.com)
- Wizards (NBA) (http://www.nba.com/wizards)
- Nationals (MLB) (http://washington.nationals.mlb.com)
- Capitals (NHL) (http://capitals.nhl.com/)
- Mystics (WNBA) (http://www.wnba.com/mystics/)
- DC United (MLS) (http://www.dcunited.com/)
- Kastles (WTT) (http://www.washingtonkastles.com)
- Georgetown Hoyas (NCAA) (http://www.guhoyas.com/)
- National Cherry Blossom Festival (http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/)
- National Book Festival (http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/)
- Washington DC International Wine and Food Festival (http://www.wineandfooddc.com/)
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival (http://www.festival.si.edu/)
- Filmfest DC (http://www.filmfestdc.org/)
- National Capitol Barbecue Battle (http://www.bbqdc.com/)
- Washingtonian 100 Best Restaurants (http://www.washingtonian.com/sections/restaurants/100best/index.html)
- The Washington Post Going Out Guide (http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/best-bets/best-restaurants-DC.html)