Washington is a fascinating place, filled with history, culture, beauty and more. To ensure you don’t miss out on the best things to do, we’ve rounded up the top sights you simply cannot miss on a trip to beautiful Washington, DC.
1. Fly high at the National Air & Space Museum
Want to see aircraft, missiles and space stations, all without needing to step into actual space? Then this is the spot for you. Visitors can touch a real-life lunar sample acquired on the 1972 Apollo 17 mission and view intriguing permanent exhibitions in the museum detailing the history of space travel, jet aviation, and satellite communications. There are also features of live presentations with guest space pioneers and even astronauts.
2. Head to the Natural History Museum
The Museum of Natural History is jam-packed with things to do: you could spend a whole day there! Spend some time at the Kenneth E Behring Hall of Mammals, which features interactive displays alongside over 250 stuffed animals striking interesting poses. Next, step into the mineral collection and explore sparkling gems. Then, it’s time for the best of the best – the Dinosaur Hall. It’s filled with a 3.4 billion-year-old stromatolite skeleton, alongside other amazing skeletons.
3. Take a trip to the National Zoological Park
The free-admission National Zoological Park is perfect to visit at any time of the year, but it’s particularly amazing during the off-season when it feels like you’ve got the place to yourself. The zoo offers a tranquil escape from the traffic on Connecticut Avenue, with beautiful animals and tree-shaded paths. It’s home to around 2,000 animals from over 250 different species.
4. Take a boat trip to Key Bridge Boathouse
Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown is DC’s gateway to all things involving paddles, water, and oars. The Key Bridge Boathouse offers kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard classes and rentals. It’s a beautiful way to experience various DC landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, the Teddy Roosevelt Island and the Kennedy Centre.
Before you jet off to beautiful DC, don’t forget your ESTA registration. You’ll need your ESTA to enter the USA. If you need more inspiration for a trip to America, then look no further than our blog.