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Local Attractions


Explore the National Mall and attractions near the hotel.


Tours of DC's Monuments & Memorials
No trip to Washington, DC is complete without touring our celebrated monuments and memorials.

Bike and Roll

At the heart of any trip to Washington, DC is a visit to the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way, visitors see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. While visitors can freely discover these attractions on their own, a tour offers a way to learn the history and fun facts associated with each.

The highly acclaimed Bike and Roll offers daily, three-hour guided bicycle tours of the monuments with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall. Bike and Roll also offers tours after dark so that visitors can experience magnificent views of the attractions illuminated at night.

DC by Foot

For a truly unique way to see the city, City Segway Tours offer two- and three-hour guided experiences of the National Mall and surrounding sites. Visitors glide across town on a Segway, all while taking in the sites of Washington, DC.

DC by Foot offers free, tip-based walking tours of Washington, DC. These informative tours are conducted by expert guides who make it fun and educational. In addition to the National Mall, DC by Foot takes visitors to the Tidal Basin, Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill. Visitors can also learn all about President Lincoln’s assassination or about Washington’s secrets and scandals.

Contact Fiat Luxe Tours for an exciting private tour experience along the National Mall. Whether you want to learn the history of DC's most iconic landmarks or find the most perfect photo-ops, Fiat Luxe Tours has a tour for you. The company also conducts custom-made tours, too.

Or, if you'd rather have a self-guided tour, American City Walking Guide offers printable guides to many DC landmarks on the National Mall as well as neighborhoods like Dupont Circle and Georgetown.


Attractions: American, iconic, unforgettable – these are DC’s attractions.

7 Things to See & Do in Petworth

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100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Home of the Kennedy Center , 75+ museums and a thriving theater scene, Washington, DC is brimming with cultural possibilities at every turn. The best part: many are free of charge. Check out all of these free and almost free arts and culture-related things to do.

Family Friendly Tours in Washington, DC

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Visiting the Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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5 Things to See & Do in Foggy Bottom & the West End

Foggy Bottom takes its name from the morning mist that comes off of its southern boundary, the Potomac River. But the neighborhood, which stretches up to include the West End (just west of Georgetown) is a clear winner. Home to the Kennedy Center, the State Department and the southern tip of Rock...

6 Things to See & Do in National Harbor

Located on 300 acres along the Potomac River, National Harbor holds dozens of shops, eateries and hotels, plus a slew of water-focused entertainment. Read on for all that’s in store at this scenic riverside hub.

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Best of Town

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FAQ: Which Attractions Require Tickets?

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10 Ways to Engage with African American History & Culture this Fall in Washington, DC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors on Sept. 24, and the corresponding weekend included all kinds of fun . Secure your timed passes for the National Mall’s newest museum, then check out all these other awesome ways to experience fascinating African American...

6 Things to See & Do in Brookland

Located on a hill four miles north of the U.S. Capitol, Brookland earns its nickname of “Little Rome” with a swath of churches, schools and chapels catering to the Catholic community. Arty attractions and casual restaurants – many beer-driven – also make it worth exploring.

11 Things to See & Do in Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighborhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day. You’ll also discover dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and museums throughout...

Exploring Washington, DC’s Neighborhoods

DC is about much more than monuments and museums. While these sites are absolutely must-see attractions, make it your mission to take in the excitement of DC’s neighborhoods as well. Below, find some of our favorite areas to walk around, relax, eat, drink and shop. Adams Morgan One of DC’s hippest...

National Park Centennial: 12 National Parks to Visit in Washington, DC

The first national park was established by Congress in 1872, and the National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The goal of NPS: to conserve and protect America’s parks, historic objects and wildlife. Fittingly, NPS is based in DC, where you'll find numerous parks...

10 Things to See & Do in Downtown DC

Downtown DC is at the center of it all in the nation’s capital. From luxe shopping to fine and fun dining, you can buy your happiness and eat it too. With museums galore, it’s more about how much time you have to explore this neighborhood because the options are varied and grand.

9 Things to See & Do in Mount Pleasant

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8 Theaters to See a Show

  1. Kennedy Center - DC’s most iconic theater, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, hosts hundreds of world-class performances each year and is home to the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet also counts the Kennedy Center as its performance headquarters. The company—under the direction of Farrell, who was famed ballet choreographer (and Kennedy Center honoree) George Balanchine’s protege—was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in 1993 and has since become one of the venue’s most enduring attractions. Look for performances on The Kennedy Center calendar throughout the year.

  2. Ford’s Theater - In 1865 President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. Today, Ford’s remains a working theater with multiple productions each year, but is also a living museum dedicated to Lincoln’s life and death. During the day, the National Park Service-run venue offers tours of the theater as well as admission to the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership across the street, which features in-depth exhibits on America’s 16th president.

  3. Wooly Mammoth Theater Company - Located in DC’s buzzy Penn Quarter neighborhood, Woolly Mammoth is a cutting-edge, experimental theater dedicated to premiering original plays that push the boundaries of live theater. The New York Times has called the intimate venue “Washington’s most daring theatre company,” and the half dozen plays Woolly produces each year continue to live up to that reputation.

  4. Shakespeare Theatre Company - For more than 25 years, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC has committed itself to serving as the nation’s premiere classical theater. STC has three theaters: The Folger, where fans, in addition to seeing Shakespeare plays, can learn more about the famous playwright with rotating exhibits; and the Harman Center for the Arts, which houses both The Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall. The glittering, glass-enclosed Harman Center in Penn Quarter showcases classic Shakespeare plays, modern updates and Shakespeare-inspired original shows.

  5. Lincoln Theatre - Dating back to 1922, the Lincoln Theatre was considered a precursor and influence on the Harlem Renaissance, hosting such marquis acts over the years as Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey, along with greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. Today, the historic theater continues to attract national talent to its stage with a packed calendar of touring acts.

  6. National Theatre - Just a short walk from the White House, the National Theatre has been hosting theater-goers from its Pennsylvania Avenue perch for nearly 200 years. Today, the historic theater is home base for Broadway in DC, hosting a number of well-known touring shows throughout the year.

  7. Arena Stage - Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith, Arena Stage’s Mead Center for American Theater is an incubator for American artists and plays. The theater—housed in a glamorous, glass-enclosed venue in Southwest DC—produces original works and updates of classic American plays all with an eye toward exploring what it means to be an American. Most plays offer several nights of related programming, such as post-performance Q&As with the playwright.

  8. Warner Theatre - A trip to the Warner Theatre is worth it just to see the 1924-era building’s grand architecture. After a recent $10 million renovation, the venue has been restored to its former glory with features like a marble and gold leaf lobby and a dramatic interior complete with crystal chandeliers and intricate carved ceilings. The venue may be the ultimate throwback, but today you can catch nationally known comedians making a tour stop, Broadway-bound musicals and other modern performances.

This is just the beginning. Find the best seat in the house at DC’s theaters.

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