Washington DC

Spacious monuments lit up at night, and free museums. 

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US Capitol and Library of Congress

See the wedding-cake style dome and the beautiful grounds of the Capitol.

National Museum of Natural History

Incredible gems, plus a stuffed elephant and lots of animals, in a gorgeous building.

National Gallery of Art

Restful place to visit and see some beautiful art.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin

Huge memorial, quiet and magical in the morning, on the tidal basin.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Memorial full of atmosphere, with statues of soldiers rising out of the juniper bushes.

Mount Vernon, George Washington's home

River-view house (by short, guided tour), gardens, and world-class museum.

White House North Lawn & Lafayette Square

Busy area with activists, street musicians, and tourists checking out views of the White House.

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg (3 hours away)

Large, shady theme park with huge rollercoaster and plenty of rides for kids.

Colonial Williamsburg (3 hours away)

Colonial town to walk around, with people in period dress.

Natl Portrait & American Art Museum

Two great museums in one building- less crowded than other Smithsonian museums.

National Air and Space Museum

Rockets and fighter planes! Land a plane on a boat. Walk though Skylab.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Meaningful architecture, excellent children's exhibit, and very sad exhibits for adults.

Foggy Bottom neighborhood

A neighborhood where good food and George Washington University students are to be found!

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Unique memorial- you walk through the Mountain of Despair to get to the Stone of Hope.

Lincoln Memorial

Famous memorial at the west end of the reflecting pool on the National Mall.

Renwick Gallery (free)

Gorgeous building with some amazing temporary art exhibits.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Black polished granite L-shaped wall with names of those lost in the Vietnam War.

White House Visitor Center and South Lawn

Video with interesting quotes by those who have lived in the White House, and distant view of the south side of the White House from the lawn.

National Museum of American History

Interesting museum with exhibits on transportation (with great life-size scenes), voting, and items brought to America by immigrants.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Interesting memorial with many "rooms" portraying the Roosevelt's life, and waterfalls.

National World War II Memorial

Large memorial with fountain and pillars.

Smithsonian Castle

Building with beautiful exterior and nice-smelling gardens but not much inside.

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