Attractions

American, iconic, unforgettable and monumental – these are Washington, DC’s attractions.

20+ Dazzling Holiday Light Displays & Events in Washington, DC

Sure, the District might be part of the Mid-Atlantic region, but it feels more like the North Pole during the holidays thanks to the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets, one-of-a-kind seasonal light displays and lots more. Here are some of the best, can't-miss ways to experience the...

@fiz1point5 - ZooLights winter holiday celebration at Smithsonian National Zoo - Free family friendly things to do in Washington, DC
Where to Get the Best Views of the Washington, DC Skyline

While the nation’s capital has no shortage of great rooftop bars and restaurants , it also includes some especially iconic cityscapes with marble landmarks and sweeping National Mall vistas. While the Washington Monument gets some modern upgrades for its elevator, visitors can still get a bird’s-...

Terrace Overlooking Potomac River from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Where to Get the Best Skyline Views in Washington, DC
15 Theaters & Performance Spaces to See a Show in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a theater town. With theaters big (think the Kennedy Center, Warner Theatre and National Theatre) and intimate (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company), a range of performances and cultural experiences are offered up for every taste in the nation's capital...

Performance at Warner Theatre - Performing Arts in Washington, DC
Visiting the Washington National Cathedral

Stained-glass windows, Gothic spires and flying buttresses make the Washington National Cathedral look ages old, but the grand church was actually constructed during the 20th century. Though overseen by the Episcopal Church, the house of worship welcomes people of all faiths to its impressive site...

National Cathedral Exterior
10 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
Color Me DC: 15 Ways to Embrace Color in Washington, DC This Spring

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom . However, you can find nearly the entire color spectrum when you peruse DC's museums, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods. Lucky for you, we've picked out the best ways to discover all...

@beautifulpaper - 'LOVE' mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Colorful things to do in Washington, DC
14 Can’t-Miss Presidential Dining Experiences in Washington, DC

White House invites are tough to come by, so why not get presidential at some of DC’s finest dining establishments? Even First Families have been known to get out on the town and enjoy meals at these acclaimed restaurants.

Old Ebbitt Grill - Presidential Dining Experiences in Washington, DC
8 Things to See & Do in Columbia Heights

One of DC’s early streetcar suburbs, Columbia Heights experienced a wave of development in the early 2000s. Now, it blends modern architecture (much of it holding restaurants and bars) with historic buildings both down-home and grand. Add a longtime Hispanic population and verdant, statue-filled...

The best things to do in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood - Meridian Hill Park Sunday drum circle
13 Things to See & Do in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood

Since Nationals Park opened in 2008, the buzzworthy Capitol Riverfront has become one of DC’s emerging neighborhoods. The experiences continue to grow, and we've compiled some of our favorites to get you started on your adventure.

Family Friendly Things to Do on the Capitol Riverfront - Yards Park in Washington, DC
Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria in Virginia

Tell me more about historic Old Town Alexandria Set foot onto Old Town Alexandria’s red brick sidewalks, and you could be fooled into thinking you have traveled back in time. The small city was founded in 1749 as a colonial tobacco port, and still boasts cobblestone streets, 18th-century buildings...

Waterfront dining in historic Old Town Alexandria - Where to eat in Old Town near Washington, DC