Washington DC: Make The Most of Your Visit

Every year, many families wait eagerly for the summer to come so that they can take advantage of family vacations. If you are traveling to or within the U.S., visiting its capital, Washington, D.C., won’t disappoint you. In fact, it has plenty of attractions to offer. Besides the infamous White House, these are some of the best Washington DC attractions you must see during your visit.

Best Places To Visit in Washington DC

1. Smithsonian Institution Building

Washington DC Attractions: Smithsonian Institution Building

The Smithsonian Institution Building | (cc) Photo By Jeff Tinsley

The Smithsonian Institution Building is the largest museum and research complex in the world, although it actually consists of 15 different specialty museums and affiliates. With everything from the postal office to space exploration exhibitions, the museum is a must. There is so much to do that you can easily spend days entertaining the family, so you should look into nearby Washington, D.C. hotels.

2. Newseum

Best Places To Visit in Washington DC: Newseum

Newseum | (cc) Photo By David Monack

For people that love history and world media, the exhibits and services offered by the Newseum are sure to please. It consists of seven different levels dedicated to educating visitors on how and why news is made. Since it only takes about two to three hours to go through everything, it is one of the best museums in Washington DC for families with both younger and older children.

3. National Gallery of Art

Vincent van Gogh at National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait, 1889 | (cc) Photo By AgnosticPreachersKid

If you are a lover of artwork, visiting the National Gallery of Art is a must. With famous artwork, such as Vincent van Gogh’sSelf-Portrait, 1889“, on regular display, you will not be disappointed. Additionally, the National Gallery of Art offers numerous tours available so that you can make the most of your visit. Aside from the art gallery, you can also take advantage of various activities and events such as the ice rink, film programs, shops, and more.

4. Hillwood Museum & Gardens

Museums in Washington DC: Hillwood Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Museum & Gardens | (cc) Photo By Gryffindor

The Hillwood Museum & Gardens features French and Russian decorative arts from different eras of world history. You can see everything from paintings of historical pre-revolutionary leaders and faberge eggs by taking part in the tours. In addition to the artwork, visitors can also visit beautiful gardens and greenhouses to see beautiful flowers of all kinds or enjoy tea at the café.

5. Ford’s Theatre

Washington DC Attractions: Ford's Theatre Interior

Ford’s Theatre Interior | (cc) Photo By Wknight94

Ford’s Theatre is the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14th, 1865. Today, it is a working theatre, museum, learning center, and historical monument that cannot be overlooked while in Washington, D.C. Ford’s Theatre is an excellent place to visit in order to experience various shows, exhibits, and tours. Whether you want to learn more about the political views from Lincoln’s presidency or watch a live performance of “Hello Dolly”, there is something for everyone. You can even view the box that Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated, although you will not be allowed to actually enter it.

If you are planning to take a family vacation to the U.S. capital, it is a must to do everything you can to make the most of your visit. By visiting these Washington DC top attractions, you will learn a lot about the U.S. and its rich history.

Do you know of any other best places to visit in Washington DC?

This post has been contributed by Chris McMahon, who grew up in Washington DC and works as a travel guide. His articles mainly appear on travel blogs.

8 Responses to “Washington DC: Make The Most of Your Visit”

  1. Marcia says:

    All great places to visit in DC. Can’t believe I lived there for 10+ years – most of it near Linnean Ave – and never heard of the Hillwood Museum. Will have to check it out the next time I’m there.
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  2. Great suggestions! We haven’t been to Washington for years – I think it’s about time we made the trip with the kids – pretty sure that they would love it! Newseum looks fascinating!
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  3. Newseum looks like a great place to visit. I’ve been to D.C. a few times but I’ve never heard of or been to this museum. Putting it on my list!
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  4. Jemma says:

    The Smithsonian Building looks like a castle. The Hillwood Museum is also lovely. I would love to visit those two.
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