Things to do in Washington DC

Top Things to Do in Washington DC

Things to Do in Washington DC

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  • Sam
    Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
    Some interesting artefacts. The dinosaurs are incredible. Huge recreations skeletons of these are really cool. The Hope diamond is well displayed and a crazy size. The gem section is worth a look
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • JennieCV
    Liverpool37 contributions
    Starts on lower levels with the heartbreaking stories of slavery and segregation but the upper levels then are a celebration of what black culture and individuals have contributed to make the world a better place. Beautifully curated in an stunning building.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, AZ1,618 contributions
    If you have not been to DC before, you have to see the Capitol up close. Tour or no tour is up to you, but the building and location is a must see. I have been many times, but this trip was showing my 8 y.o. daughter around and you just get to see in their eyes the recognition of where they actually are. I am sure that security issues are high right now after recent events, but this is still a major location in the governance of our country and deserves a visit.
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • Bob Kramer
    Ankeny, IA115 contributions
    We visited in Fall season, and if you have the chance I'd suggest you do the same, as this can be a very busy area of the Washington Mall. The Lincoln Memorial is at the far west end of the Mall, and if you're like us, you'll find yourself walking from one end to the other making as many stops as your time allows. If you visit the Washington DC Metro website, you'll be able to see that the train and bus lines make stop/s along the Mall. I remember the 1st time we were in DC about 10 years ago, We bought what was I think a multi-day pass, used the heck out of it, and our car didn't leave our hotel the whole time we were there!

    But, back the the Lincoln Memorial. It wasn't as crowded, as I stated the BUSY tourist season was over. Such a beautiful building. If you're able, take the time to walk around like we did, and take in the different views of the city at every turn. Also, don't forget a good pair of shoes and have you phone charged, as you'll be taking SO many photos.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Robin B
    Phoenix, AZ1,253 contributions
    We spread our visit over two days and it was still almost impossible to do justice to this museum. They have an amazing permanent collection. The docents are enthusiastic and helpful; the security staff is there for the paycheck (with a few exceptions) spending more time chatting and looking at their cell phones. The West building has two floors; the East building, accessed by a lower level concourse, has maybe four floors to see. There are two very extensive gift shops and two cafes. Make time to see this fabulous museum, maybe spreading your visit over three days with a couple of hours a day.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Michael M
    Burdett, NY18 contributions
    I visited when I was 18, but that almost 30 years ago and not sure I fully appreciated it at that age, Very thorough history of everything surrounding the Holocaust. Very emotional at times. Very well put together
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Carrie R
    3 contributions
    Building and books are beautiful. Cool film on the way to Thomas Jefferson’s Library. There is also an eye spy for your kids.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Bophopper
    Motherwell, UK104 contributions
    This museum is definitely worth a visit. So so many things to do and see.

    We found the Wright Brothers exhibit the most interesting.

    If I’m Washington, visit this place!
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, AZ1,618 contributions
    I went to school here and was interested in a girl. She asked me to go with her to the Vietnam memorial on Veteran's Day. I said yes but had no idea what I was in for. I will always remember that day as it is etched in my brain forever. There is something that will never leave you when you see people at the wall finding their brothers (literally or figuratively) and breaking down in tears, leaving behind mementos, or just getting a rubbing or photo of a name. This trip to DC, I got to take my 8 year old to see the memorial. Coming back again brought be back to that day back in college and I teared up just a bit. This is still an amazing place to be and feel it come over you.
    Written 21 September 2022
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  • Jeff90038
    Los Angeles, CA33 contributions
    There aren't many choices for food on the Mall and there are plenty of food trucks. Be prepared to pay a premium price for below average food truck stuff.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,428 contributions
    This is a thought provoking memorial.

    There are 19 life size statues of soldiers walking though foliage. Nearby are lists of the names of those who did not make it back from the war.
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Maria F
    Ames, IA259 contributions
    Incredible art collection. The building itself is very nice with an indoor courtyard and cafe, making it a nice place to retreat and relax.
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Jeff90038
    Los Angeles, CA33 contributions
    Don't let the topic or some of the bad press turn you off from a great experience. Although it is a religious topic, the museum is remarkably non-religious. One doesn't have to believe in the Bible or know anything about he Bible to have an enjoyable visit. The presentations of the Old and New Testaments are particularly well done. The exhibit about a 20th century Chinese martyr (Watchman Nee) is very moving, rare for a any museum to include anything about Chinese, or even Asian contributions/influence on the world. The restaurant serves surprisingly excellent food. Fly through buildings in Washington Revelations--woth the extra money if you don't get motion sickness. The price of admission is high compared to all the free stuff in D.C. but you can tell that no expense was spared to create a great museum and memorable visit.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • Jeff90038
    Los Angeles, CA33 contributions
    Must see! Finally after half a dozen visits to D.C. we got to go to the top of the Washington Monument. The elevator is working great and it was nice and cool despite the summer heat wave. The park service staff are very friendly and helpful. You must get tickets in advance, so plan ahead. The views from the top are spectacular--we even saw Marine One land on the White House lawn to pick up the President.
    Written 23 September 2022
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  • FernandoEsposito
    Buenos Aires, Argentina63 contributions
    A must visit for its houses, streets, businesses, restaurants and bars. Waterfront with its businesses on the Potomac.
    Written 7 September 2022
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