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Experience Washington, DC

As the capital of the United States, Washington DC is famous for its iconic monuments and landmarks, but there is also another side to DC that many aren’t aware of: its incredible art scene and creative culture as well as the national parks just outside of the city.

Iconic Sites

When you visit DC there are certain sites that you simply must visit, and it just so happens a handful of these iconic monuments and memorials are located right near one another on the National Mall. Here you’ll find the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name a few. Nicknamed “America’s front yard”, the National Mall is a destination worth adding to your must-visit list. Whether you want to soak up the historic sites, throw a frisbee around the lawn with a friend, or enjoy a picnic on a sunny day, there are endless adventures to experience here.

Also located on The National Mall is the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Part of the Smithsonian, this museum is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the Native culture of the Western Hemisphere. The NMAI is home to one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere.

exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian
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Neighborhoods & Arts Community

Whether you’re visiting DC for the first time or local to the area, Georgetown is always an exciting area to explore. DC’s oldest neighborhood is filled with incredible restaurants, trendy shops, and not to mention some pretty breathtaking views. If you’re looking for a prime eating spot Washington Harbor is the place to go. Soak up the scenic views of the Potomac River while eating a delicious meal at a waterfront restaurant. What could be better?!

Another fun area to explore this summer (also boasting spectacular waterside views) is The Wharf. Not only is The Wharf home to some of the hottest new restaurants in DC, it also offers fun activities for people of all ages. Grab a friend and experience the music scene at The Anthem, a concert venue that features everything from big name shows to intimate performances. You can also find live music while strolling down the charming alleys on Pearl Street, not to mention some great eats! And if you’re looking for an outdoor adventure look no further. Grab a kayak and paddle past some of DC’s most iconic sites, or simply dangle your feet into the water from the pier. At The Wharf you can enjoy the Potomac River any way you like!

If you’re looking to discover one of DC’s hidden gems you must check out The Culture House. This former church tucked away in Southwest DC is a nonprofit art and performance venue open to artists and community members from all over the city. Come here to check out an awesome art exhibit (and take a spectacular Instagram photo while you’re here).

The Culture House (Blind Whino)
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National Parks

Just 120 kilometers from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is the perfect escape to nature and offers breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is so much to see around the park, from historic attractions to vineyards, to boutiques and hotels, Shenandoah offers something exciting for everyone.

There is also a special treasure hidden underneath the park grounds: Luray Caverns. These caves have enormous chambers filled with stone columns and crystal-clear pools. You can also experience a musical concert here, believe it or not! In the caves, you can hear the sounds of nature’s largest musical instrument, otherwise known as The Great Stalacpipe Organ. Listen as beautiful tones surround you, where the instruments "pipes" are the geological features of the cave itself.

Luray Caverns
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“If You Go” Hit List

Stay

  • JW Marriott Washington, DC
  • Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

 

Play

  • Have a picnic on the National Mall, and while you’re there check out the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Explore the restaurants and trendy shops in Georgetown
  • Listen to live music at The Wharf
  • Immerse yourself in the local art scene at The Culture House, one of DCs hidden treasures

 

Eat & Drink

  • The Pig
  • Lucky Buns
  • Chaia Tacos
  • Politics and Prose