Places to Visit in Washington, D.C.

Places to Visit in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., is a place bursting with history and culture. As the nation's capital, the District of Columbia offers an endless list of things to do and see. This visitor's guide will show you some of the best family-friendly things to do in Washington, D.C., so you can find activities everyone will enjoy.

Museums in Washington, D.C.

When you're scoping out museums in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution is the place to start. All of its museums are free, and public transportation makes the Smithsonian easy to visit. With access to 17 museums and galleries and a zoo, you could spend days exploring and learning at the Smithsonian. A few highlights to check out include:

  • National Museum of Natural History: Come celebrate the history of the natural world at this museum. It houses many famous artifacts and provides opportunities for kids to explore and learn. 
  • National Air and Space Museum: This museum is home to the world's largest collection of space and aviation artifacts. Check out famous pieces of history like the first planes to fly and Neil Armstrong's space suit.
  • National Zoo: Visit over 1,500 animals at the National Zoo, including several endangered species like giant pandas.
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture: The amazing architecture of this building is only one of the eye-opening aspects of this museum. Its collection is astounding, moving and deeply educational.

Must-See Monuments and Memorials

Washington, D.C., is home to several memorials and monuments celebrating our nation's history, its great leaders and our valiant soldiers. While all of them are worth visiting, a few popular ones include:

  • Lincoln Memorial: Learn about one of our country's greatest leaders at this memorial. It's a powerful sight to see, especially when it's lit up at night.
  • Washington Monument: This iconic monument honoring George Washington is the world's tallest free-standing stone structure. Ride an elevator to the top to get a stunning view.
  • Jefferson Memorial: While always a stately and beautiful memorial to visit, the Jefferson Memorial is truly a sight to see when the cherry trees bloom in the spring.

Visit the Most Beautiful Places in Washington, D.C.

A trip to the District of Columbia also offers plenty of chances to experience the beauty of the wild. Be sure to check out these popular spots when you need some time with nature:

  • National Aquarium: The National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the beautiful world we live in. Spend a day learning about creatures from all around the globe. 
  • Mount Vernon: Dive into history and learn more about George Washington's legacy at Mount Vernon. You can tour the Mansion, visit Washington's tomb and explore the grounds. 
  • Chesapeake Bay Sandy Point: Enjoy a picnic on the northwestern shore of Chesapeake Bay. This sandy beach is the perfect place to relax, play in the water or go fishing.

Experience the District of Columbia While Camping

With so many fun things to do in Washington, D.C., our campgrounds make the perfect home base for all of your adventures! Whether you are staying in one of our cabins or your own RV or tent, Washington DC/Capitol KOA Holiday will be a comfortable and convenient place to begin your adventure in the nation's capital. Book a stay at our campground today!

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