We want you to have a blast in Washington, DC. Our nation’s capital has so many monuments and attractions to offer that it can get confusing if you don’t have a set itinerary or general idea of what you want to see. Here are our top-10 favorite sights that shouldn’t be missed—choose any or all of our top-10 things that we think you must do in DC, and your trip will be one you’ll remember forever.
1. The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial is number-one on our must do in DC list for a good reason. It honors the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The president’s statue is an amazingly accurate representation of his look, attitude, and demeanor. The monument is huge and breathtaking from numerous viewpoints, especially at night. Inscriptions on the wall are impressive, educational, and informative. Our guided group tour provides all insider information you don’t get when you tour the memorial on your own.
2. The Archives
The National Archives Museum is one of the best museums in DC because it holds the most important historical documents of the United States, including:
- The Bill of Rights
- The Constitution
- The Declaration of Independence
- The 1297 Magna Carta
There are also numerous historical exhibits that you won’t want to miss:
- Public vaults
- Rotating exhibit
- Vietnam War exhibit
With so much to see and do, you can easily spend a whole day in the Archives. If you’re pressed for time because you want to see as much as possible in DC, you can see the historical documents and/or an exhibit of your choosing and leave—and still have plenty of time in your day.
3. Cruise on the Potomac
The Potomac is a famous river that runs through the center of Washington, DC. A river cruise is one of the coolest things to do in DC because you can sit back, relax, and enjoy gorgeous riverbank views. Fall cruises are particularly incredible because you see the leaves changing colors.
4. The National Gallery
The National Gallery of Art is a must do in DC that you don’t want to miss. The gallery and attached Sculpture Garden are open to the public, and admission is free. The building is magnificent and the art is fantastic. There’s lots of art diversity, history, and culture that you’ll undoubtedly love.
5. Museum of African American History & Culture
The Museum of African American History & Culture is one of the most special museums in DC. It tells the history of African-Americans starting from slavery to the present day. African-American accomplishments and culture are celebrated to make for an uplifting, energizing, and entertaining experience.
6. Walk Admiral’s Row
Admiral’s Row is a historic group of homes for top United States Navy Officers and their families. The Chief of the United States Naval Operations lives in the well-known Tingey House. Admiral Row history dates back all the way to 1804. A walk down the row is pleasant and calm.
7. Wharf/fish market
The wharf/fish market has been completely revised and is a new DC hot spot—definitely, a must-do in DC. With more than 20 restaurants, it’s one of the top places to eat in DC. You can also shop, have cocktails, and party in nightclubs.
8. Original Ben’s Chili
Another one of the top places to eat in DC, Ben’s Chili Bowl serves the best hot dogs and chili in the world. It’s simple, quick, and easy, and the atmosphere is great. Countless celebrities and even a few presidents have been to Ben’s.
9. Ethiopian food
With approximately 250,000 citizens of Ethiopian descent, Washington, DC, is an Ethiopian food hub—unquestionably the best outside of Ethiopia itself. Contact one of our DC food experts to find out which Ethiopian restaurant you’ll like the most.
10. The Supreme Court
A visit to the Supreme Court is meaningful, informative, and fun. Listening to a lecture is inspiring and will leave you in awe. Group tours are also recommended as you’ll learn much more than you would on a self-guided tour.
Help planning your trip
You now know our top-10 things to do in DC. If you need additional help planning your trip, please contact Beyond Times Square to speak with one of our Washington, DC, experts.