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! 


  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

    Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

    1964 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20024

    Dr. King's Memorial is situated on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin adjacent to the Roosevelt Memorial. This memorial is not designed to be experienced in a single way wit…

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  • Washington, DC museum - National Air and Space Museum

    National Air and Space Museum

    Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20560

    The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display, including the Wright 1903 Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 …

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  • Stop by the National Archives during your Washington DC vacation

    National Archives

    700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

    When in Washington, there is no better way to experience its illustrious history, than to see what started it all. The National Archives, located on the National Mall, is home to some of the greatest …

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  • View DC sights amid the top of the National Cathedral

    National Cathedral

    3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

    Perched atop DC's highest point, this gothic style cathedral stands as a tribute to Washington. From the outside, admire the architectural concepts popularized by medieval Europe. Look closer to see u…

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  • 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 - 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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