Area Attractions ~
Busch Gardens Williamsburg / Water Country USA (Virginia) - Voted the world's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for 16 consecutive years, Busch Gardens Williamsburg creates the ultimate family experience with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions and so much more.
International Spy Museum - Are you looking for a unique action-packed outing? Look no further! The International Spy Museum is pleased to offer a variety of espionage excursions that can be customized into a unique spy adventure for any size group. From secret missions and deceptive maneuvers to dining with former spies, we can develop an all-exclusive day of living dangerously that will truly be an event to remember.
Jefferson Memorial - Beneath the marble rotunda, the 19-foot statue of the third U.S. president is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and other famous Jefferson writings. Open daily except Dec. 25. Free.
Luray Caverns (Virginia) - The largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America, this U.S. Natural Landmark is located 90 minutes southwest of Washington, DC, just 10 minutes from Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Discover cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools.
Madame Tussauds - Madame Tussauds DC is fully-interactive attraction and a virtual "who's who" of American Presidents, historic icons, sports legends, stars of television and music, and a host A-list celebrities. Get your photo taken in an exact replica of the White House Oval of Office; putt with Tiger Woods; dance with Beyonce and more.
Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens (Virginia) - The beautiful riverside estate of George Washington includes the iconic Mansion, outbuildings, tomb and working blacksmith shop and farm. The Orientation Center, and Museum and Education Center feature interactive exhibits and immersive experiences as well as over 700 artifacts. Meet characters from Washington's world and heritage breed animals around the estate.
National Air and Space Museum - The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall houses famous icons of flight: the original Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, the Apollo 11 command module and a touchable lunar rock. Free interactive activities for kids. IMAX movies, planetarium shows, flight simulators (fee).
National Aquarium - The National Aquarium offers a 45-minute encounter of America's Aquatic Treasures. The nation's first aquarium highlights 250 species including poison dart frogs, seahorses, sharks, alligators, sea turtles, and more unique creatures living in intimate habitats.
National Arboretum - A 446-acre living museum 2 miles from the Capitol: gardens, collections, bonsai museum, herb garden, azaleas, flowering cherry trees, and the original columns from the Capitol.
National Gallery of Art - Permanent collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper, plus changing exhibitions of art from around the world. Free admission.
National Mall - A splendid green park area extending approximately two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian Institution museums, National Archives, National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Gardens.
National Museum of African Art - Devoted to the collection, exhibition, conservation and study of the arts of Africa.
National Museum of American History - The National Museum of American History showcases real national treasures, from the Star-Spangled Banner to the Ruby Slippers in a dramatically transformed space. Visitors will see exhibitions for Lincoln's bicentennial, daily programs, hands-on activities and thousands of objects related to the American story.
National Museum of Natural History - See the 45.5-carat Hope Diamond, dinosaurs, Insect Zoo, the Mammals Hall, and the world's largest African bush elephant. Johnson IMAX Theater shows films daily (admission).
National World War II Memorial - Located between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, this memorial honors the 16 million who served during WWII and those who supported the war effort from home. The memorial features two 43-foot arches, a 17-foot pillar for each state and territory from that period and a field of 4,000 gold stars honoring the more than 400,000 who died. A series of bronze sculpture panels depict Americans at war, at home and overseas.
National Zoological Park - Enjoy thousands of exotic animals, educational animal demonstrations, the Asia Trail (where our giant pandas live!), and many other exhibits. Free admission.
Pentagon Memorial - The Pentagon Memorial is designed so that the nation may remember and reflect on the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. The Memorial is free and open to the public.
Six Flags America (Maryland) - Enjoy miles of thrilling, inspired, family attractions all in one location at Six Flags America and Hurricane Harbor Water Park. With seven fast & phenomenal roller coasters, unbelievable rides, water slides such as "Tornado" and "Tony Hawk's Halfpipe", two children's areas, interactive character greetings, new daily shows and concerts all season.
Smithsonian American Art Museum - The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first art collection, is an unparalleled record of the American experience from the colonial period to today. Highlights are images of the west, impressionism, WPA murals, folk art, and modern art.
U.S. Navy Museum - Housed in the old Naval Gun Factory, the museum's collection features the foremast fighting top from the USS Constitution, the bathyscaphe Trieste, ship models, medals, uniforms, photographs and fine art. Hands-on and great for kids - including working submarine periscopes and WWII gun mounts. Free admission.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories. Free admission.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The black granite walls of this moving V-shaped memorial are inscribed with the names of more than 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam conflict. Frederick Hart's life-size bronze sculpture depicts three young servicemen.
9:30 Club - Concert venue located a few blocks from the U Street Metro stop. The 9:30 Club brings national acts to perform every day of the week. Most shows are all ages.