Beyond Fairfax: Washington DC Attractions


What to Do in Washington DC - A Guide for Your Washington DC Vacation   

Washington DC is without a doubt one of the most popular places to visit in the U.S. With Fairfax County just minutes away, Washington DC is perfect for a quick day trip vacation. 

If you're looking for things to do in Washington DC, let us be your guide!  We list the best attractions, events, museums, and vacation ideas for the Washington DC area. Experience the history of our country as you visit the many Washington DC attractions and landmarks. Once there, you'll be surrounded by historic architecture and be in awe of the transformation of modern America.

As part of your trip, monuments and the museums in Washington DC are unlike any other in the world. Take pictures in front of the Lincoln Memorial or pet FDR's dog. Places like the incredible Smithsonian Institution and other Washington DC Museums offer incredible historic artifacts, national treasures, and so much more.

Before planning your trip, make sure you take a look at all the Washington DC events and DC metro area events in our calendar. 

Located just to the west of our Nation's Capital, Fairfax County is an economic and convenient choice if you're looking for accommodations and Fairfax provides easy access to all the DC metro area events, sights and sounds from nearby Northern Virginia.   

Check out the listings below to find some great information on Washington DC tourist attractions to better plan your vacation to Washington DC! 


  • Einstein Memorial

    Albert Einstein Memorial

    2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418

    The memorial to Albert Einstein, situated in an elm and holly grove in the southwest corner of the Academy grounds, was unveiled at the Academy's annual meeting, April 22, 1979, in honor of the centen…

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  • Washington, DC museum - American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

    American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

    1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

    The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagina…

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  • Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture

    Anacostia Community Museum

    1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020

    The mission of the Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, broaden perspectives, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of ‘com…

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  • Arts and Industries Building

    Arts and Industries Building

    900 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20560

    The Arts and Industries Building has a special role among Smithsonian buildings—as the original home of the National Museum. It opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garf…

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  • Visit the Capital Building and other attractions in Washington DC

    Capitol Building

    1st and Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

    The United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC is not only a monument to the history of the United States, but is also an exquisite architectural work of art. Arrive at the center of Washington …

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  • Constitution Gardens

    Constitution Gardens

    Constitution Gardens, Washington, DC 20245

    This quiet, urban oasis stands prominently on the National Mall and offers impressive views toward many of the park's memorial sites. It's also home to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independen…

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  • District of Columbia War Memorial

    District of Columbia War Memorial

    Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

    The memorial stands in West Potomac Park slightly off of Independence Avenue in a grove of trees. Authorized by an act of Congress on June 7, 1924, funds to construct the memorial were provided by the…

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  • Washington DC Monuments: FDR Memorial

    FDR Memorial

    900 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20024

    The FDR memorial brings visitors into the life of the former president through a series of open air, outdoor rooms. Within them, cascading waterfalls and stone statues within arms reach create a comfo…

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  • Washingon, DC museum - Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

    1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560

    The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. In addition, the Freer Gallery boasts exemplary examples of late-ninet…

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  • George Mason Memorial

    George Mason Memorial

    Ohio Drive and East Basin Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20242

    Dedicated on April 9, 2002, honors the little known but widely felt contributions of an important founding father. The memorial stands in West Potomac Park, near the intersection of Ohio Drive and Eas…

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  • Washington, DC museum - Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

    The Hirshhorn presents art in a range of media, including works on paper, painting, installation, photography, sculpture, digital and video art, and works that mix all or some of the above. Our collec…

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  • Spy Museum Front

    International Spy Museum

    800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

    The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are artifacts which illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal…

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  • Washington DC Monuments: The Jefferson Memorial

    Jefferson Memorial

    Ohio Dr SW & E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

    DC's tribute to one of our nation's most notable forefathers, Thomas Jefferson, is a must-see. The open air domed building houses a standing statue of the honoree and overlooks the scenic Potomac Rive…

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  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

    This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat. Engraved on granite blocks near the water po…

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  • Visit the Library of Congress and other attractions in Washington DC

    Library of Congress

    Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Known to some natives as the most beautiful building in Washington, DC, the Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Visitors can peruse texts dating back hundreds of years, as well as…

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