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Visiting Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the United States since its formation in 1790, Washington D.C. is packed with landmarks, monuments and museums, making it a sightseer’s delight.

Many of the district’s most important sites are centered around the National Mall. Here you’ll find the soaring 555 foot tall Washington Monument, along with the stately Lincoln Memorial. Memorials to WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are also found on the mall.

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 free-admission museums are also located on the mall. Visitor favorites include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the ever-crowded Smithsonian National... Read More
The capital city of the United States since its formation in 1790, Washington D.C. is packed with landmarks, monuments and museums, making it a sightseer’s delight.

Many of the district’s most important sites are centered around the National Mall. Here you’ll find the soaring 555 foot tall Washington Monument, along with the stately Lincoln Memorial. Memorials to WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are also found on the mall.

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 free-admission museums are also located on the mall. Visitor favorites include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the ever-crowded Smithsonian National AIr and Space Museum, home to the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Also popular is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a stirring reminder of the past, and a beacon of hope for the future.

So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Washington, D.C.    Close

Stories and Tips Washington, D.C.

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Cherry Blossom Festival - Lessons in Growing a Friendship

Written by BawBaw on 11 Oct, 2011

"Cherry blossom time"—that’s how Washingtonians casually refer to their annual Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall. For 16 days each spring, politicians in the world’s single remaining superpower must compete with the lovely pale pink blooms of ornamental Japanese cherry trees for dominance…Read More


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The Fourth of July – Patriotism and Summer Memories

Written by BawBaw on 06 Oct, 2011

From a historical or geopolitical perspective, the Fourth of July (aka, Independence Day) marks the anniversary of the United States’ Declaration for Independence—the date in 1776 when representatives of thirteen of Britain’s American colonies severed their ties with the Mother Country and went out on…Read More


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Flying to DC in First Class!

Written by stvchin on 27 Oct, 2009

This is a review of first class service aboard American Airlines Flight 76, from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Washington Dulles International (IAD.) I filed this review under Washington DC, since that is our destination.A little background first, I usually don’t ever fly upgraded…Read More


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The Most Atmospheric Concert Setting in DC: The Phillips Collection

Written by Idler on 16 Feb, 2009

Enter the Music Room of the Phillips Collection, and you know you've just come someplace special. Housed in the beautiful dark-paneled former library of the museum's founder, Duncan Phillips, the Music Room is very clearly a space for intimate social gatherings rather than an…Read More


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All the World's a (Millennium) Stage

Written by Idler on 09 Feb, 2009

What if someone told you that there were FREE world-class performances offered virtually every night of the year in DC? Well, it's true -- just come to the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center at six o'clock on any given evening. For over…Read More


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Voices from the East: Freer & Sackler Galleries Concerts

Written by Idler on 25 Jan, 2009

The Smithsonian Metro stop escalator deposits visitors to the Mall practically on the doorstep of the Freer Gallery, yet many hurry right on by en route to other Smithsonian museums, behemoths such as the Natural History or Air & Space Museum. It’s a shame,…Read More


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Gershwin's Piano: Concerts from the Library of Congress

Written by Idler on 20 Jan, 2009

The Library of Congress’ concert series runs from roughly mid September through late May, which is characteristic of many of Washington’s free concert series. (There are many free summer concerts, of course, but they tend to be held on or near the…Read More


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Einstein's Violin: The National Academy of Sciences Concert Series

Written by Idler on 18 Jan, 2009

Among the most passionate music lovers I’ve known have been mathematicians and scientists, so it should perhaps come as no surprise that the National Academy of Sciences hosts one of the most outstanding free concert series in Washington. On a rainy Sunday afternoon in November…Read More


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Public Transportation in DC

Written by notso62 on 22 Sep, 2008

Being one of those people that is fortunate enough to be able to walk to work everyday, I cringe at the thought of driving around a city that seems difficult to navigate. DC is one of those cities that I feel is better suited for…Read More


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War Memorials

Written by azsunluvr on 01 Sep, 2008

These Memorials are open to the public 24 hours a day. I highly recommend seeing them both in the daylight, and lit up at night. Park service employees are on duty during the day to answer questions.The WWII Memorial is simply beautiful. Brilliantly white columns,…Read More


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