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! 


  • Visit Washington DC museums including the National Gallery of Art

    National Gallery of Art

    4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

    Bordering the National Mall on the north, the National Gallery of Art boasts a diverse collection that spans centuries and media. Whether an afficionado or a leisure enthusiast, the Gallery is sure to…

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  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

    459 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. …

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  • Washington, DC museum - National Museum of African Art

    National Museum of African Art

    950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is America’s only museum dedicated to the collection, research, conservation and exhibition of traditional and contemporary African art.  The building …

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  • Washington, DC museum - National Museum of American History

    National Museum of American History

    14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20560

    The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. We take care of everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gi…

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  • Washington, DC Museum - American Indian Museum

    National Museum of the American Indian

    Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20560

    The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, lan…

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  • Washington, DC museum - National Portrait Gallery

    National Portrait Gallery

    801 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery p…

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  • Washington, DC museum - National Postal Museum

    National Postal Museum

    2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002

    The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Sm…

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  • National Zoo

    National Zoo

    3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

    The National Zoo is a beautiful urban park offering family fun and excitement, stimulating education programs, and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. There is something new to discover on every visit.

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  • Washington, DC museum - National Museum of Natural History

    Natural History Museum

    1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

    The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and…

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  • The Newseum


    555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

    This interactive museum informs visitors about the history of journalism. The Newseum includes permanent exhibits focused on the events of September 11th, the FBI and its image, Newspaper headlines fr…

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  • President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home

    President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home

    140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, DC 20011

    Designated a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is the most significant historic site …

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  • The Smithsonian Castle

    Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle

    1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024

    Completed in 1855, the original Smithsonian Institution Building was designed by architect James Renwick Jr., whose other works include St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the Smithsonian’s R…

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  • Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

    Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

    Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC 20004

    The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring American Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It sits at the base of Capitol Hill on First Stre…

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  • United States Botanic Garden

    United States Botanic Garden

    100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001

    The U.S. Botanic Garden is a museum with a difference - our artifacts are the living treasures of the world. As a living plant museum, our collections, including plants, their leaves, flowers fruits a…

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  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024

    Located just South of the National Mall, the Holocaust Museum invites visitors to honor the victims of one of history's greatest tragedies. The permanent exhibition, 'the Holocaust', recounts specific…

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