National cathedral in Washington DC

Visiting Washington DC

Are you in Washington DC or have plans of visiting in the future? Whatever might be the cause for your visit, you should not miss the chance of exploring the city.

It is the capital of the world’s largest economy (the United States) and is filled with renowned monuments, museums, parks, eateries, night clubs, etc. The section below will introduce you to some of the most interesting things to do. After reviewing them you may consider moving to Washington DC!

Spend some relaxing time strolling around the National Cathedral

Most people you will seek guidance from would ask you to visit various destinations in downtown Washington or Capitol Hill. However, believe me, you will have the best time of your life if you venture north for a visit to the National Cathedral. According to the official website of the cathedral, it’s “the spiritual home of the nation”.

I would advise you to take a tour of the entire cathedral. This should include all the 200+ grotesques and gargoyles the building has.

If there’s a time constraint, you should walk around the cathedral and check out its interior by gazing through the building’s stained-glass windows. Also, do consider going to the top of the building and enjoy a scintillating view of the capital city.

Visit the National Arboretum for a perfect photoshoot

National Arboretum

I would recommend this place to everyone who wants to attract more followers on Instagram. Covering a total area of 446 acres, the National Arboretum would provide you with some striking backdrops for getting artsy shots.

Stand with the iconic National Grove of State Trees in the background or place yourself alongside the legendary National Capitol to get pictures to be cherished for the rest of your life.

Also, don’t forget to spend some time at the Bonsai and Penjing Museum. It will give you the opportunity of witnessing the art of making miniature masterpieces.

Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture to know the African Americans more closely

This is one of the newest Washington DC museums but is also one to have a maximum number of footfalls.

The museum is housed inside a state-of-the-art building and addresses almost every single thing we associate African Americans with. These include their art, their tryst with slavery, their role in the Civil Rights Movement, their journey in the world of athletics and sports, and so on.

The place remains crowded all through the year; so, you must plan your visit a few days in advance. There’s the option of getting timed passes for a future date from the museum’s official website. Same-day passes, however, can be obtained from the same site by going online at 6.30 am on the day of your visit.

Take your loved one to the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

If you are visiting the city with your family, do take a tour of this Washington attraction. Other than being a perfect place for nature-buffs, this park would also give you enough opportunity to spend some romantic time with the person you love.

You can admire lotus and water lilies, spot birds, hike around the park, take canoe rides, or recreate the work of nature on a canvas to make your time he even more enriching. Additionally, the park is filled with benches for you to sit and relax.

See works of revered artists at the National Gallery of Art

National art gallery

This art gallery can never get old thanks to the rotating exhibitions it keeps hosting throughout the year. Each of these exhibitions would allow you to see works of legendary artists like Pollock, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci, and so on.

If you are visiting the place during summer months, you will also get to watch jazz concerts at the galley’s Sculpture Garden.

Hone your knowledge of science by paying a visit to the National Air & Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

If you are interested in free things to do in Washington DC, this is surely one of the best options I have to offer.

A free tour of the museum would allow you to gather significant knowledge about the history of astronomy, planetary science, space flight, and aviation and the role of the United States in the advancement of all these. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who would leave no stone unturned for making the trip interesting for you.

You can even get into the museum’s public observatory for viewing sunspots, lunar craters, etc. through telescopes.

Visit Dumbarton Oaks for Unwinding Yourself

You will be amazed to see how calm this place is in spite of being just a few blocks away from bustling M Street. So, if you are tired after a hectic day but still don’t want to get back to your hotel room, go to the Dumbarton Oaks.

The property is home to several gorgeously designed and meticulously maintained grounds. Here, you will be witnessing a well-kept rose garden, beautiful cherry trees, old greenhouses, peaceful terraces, and more.

Eat at some of the best restaurants in the city

When you are visiting a new city, it’s almost a sin to not explore the top eateries of the place.

As this video by phantomgourmet is claiming, you can begin with Blue Jacket. It’s a perfect place for everyone who loves good American food and craft beer. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor sitting and serves beer from its own microbrewery.

Individuals interested in pizza and other Italian delicacies can plan their dinner at Matchbox. The best place to have your breakfast or brunch, on the other hand, is the Partisan Restaurant. Partisan serves some of the best bacon and sausages I have ever had. They also make perfect poached eggs.


Being one of the most fun cities in the United States, Washington DC is home to innumerable attractions. It’s easy to see why people move to Washington DC. I have shortlisted a few to make the job of getting your itinerary ready a bit easier for you.

My list includes everything from parks and museums to art galleries and science and research centers. Moreover, I have also mentioned some of my favorite eateries.

Think about my suggestions and take your time to prepare your itinerary.

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