Our nation’s capital boasts an impressive array of awe-inspiring attractions, from the powerful monuments and memorials on the National Mall to cultural treasures like the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and National Portrait Gallery.
Away from these celebrated federal sites, Washington unwinds into a fascinating network of neighborhoods where visitors discover notable restaurants, art galleries, historic homes, and parks and gardens. Shoppers love the store-lined streets of Georgetown, while jazz music fans won’t want to miss a trip to U Street, where Duke Ellington played his first notes. DC is a prime destination for dining out, as well as a thriving performing arts town. To plan your visit, check out NCSHA Staff Picks: DC in December or visit Destination DC.