Treat yourself to a tour of our nation's capital, from awe-inspiring monuments to picturesque colonial villages right in the heart of the city. The famous Metro transit system whisks visitors through the District, stopping near major tourist sights and traveling on into nearby Northern Virginia and Maryland.
Stroll along Embassy Row, where Beaux Arts mansions line tree-shaded streets. Or visit the Phillips Collection, which boasts works by Matisse and van Gogh. Don't forget to people-watch at Dupont Circle, where bicycle messengers, street musicians and chess players add to the local scenery. Once you're ready to explore the District further, hop on the Metro.
Stroll the picturesque campus of historic Georgetown University, or take a guided tour for an in-depth look. Just outside the gates, be sure to check out the area's colorful 18th-century row houses. Historic sights in the village include the C & O Canal, the Old Stone House and the Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitors and residents flock to the Georgetown Flea Market on Sunday mornings in search of hidden treasure.
Across the Potomac from Washington DC on the Virginia side, this seaport town includes a charming colonial district with cobblestone streets. Stroll along the Potomac waterfront and past King Street shops, pubs and restaurants. Browse for hand-crafted souvenirs at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Once you're ready to explore further, you'll enjoy direct Metro subway access to Washington DC sightseeing.
The country's political epicenter is home to national memorials as well as the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and the Washington Monument. Other attractions here include American History Museum and the Holocaust Museum. Although White House tours must be reserved in advance through members of congress, last-minute tourist can explore the White House visitors' center at 15th and E Streets.
Many seasoned Washington, DC visitors prefer to visit the district's iconic memorials after dark. Crowds of tourists have all returned to their hotels, park rangers remain on duty until midnight at most locations and dramatic spotlighting illuminates the monuments' white-stone surfaces. Security is tight at most attractions, so carry as little as possible to clear inspection lines faster.