About Washington, D.C.

by SmarterTravel Staff

Washington, D.C., a city where you can read the original Constitution on your way to visit the Supreme Court, is the place to see the intersection of the past and present of the United States.

The city hosts its 15 million annual visitors with magnanimity, offering a nearly endless supply of affordable things to do. By some counts, there are at least a hundred free or almost free activities, including admission to the Smithsonian (the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History, among others) and nightly performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.


Day and night, Washington, D.C. inspires with celebrated sights such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House. Evenings can be as activity-packed as days, with a vibrant restaurant scene and dozens of performing arts venues around the city. From the National Cherry Blossom Festival held every spring to the spirited festivities surrounding the Fourth of July, Washington, D.C., knows how to celebrate.

With three metro area airports—Reagan National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD), and Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)—serving more than 100 U.S. destinations, finding airfare to Washington, D.C. is a cinch. Now, if only narrowing down a list of things to do in Washington, D.C., were as easy.

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