Beyond Fairfax: Washington DC Attractions

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! 

 

  • Smithsonain Institution Building - The 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

    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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  • United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

    United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

    701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

    Conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (between 7th and 9th Streets), the United States Navy Memorial honors the men and women of the United States Navy – past, present and future. Th…

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  • Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

    Vietnam Veteran's Memorial

    Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20001

    The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is perhaps the most profound of all the monuments. Listed on this black, granite wall are the names of the 58,178 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vi…

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  • Washington Monument

    Washington Monument

    National Mall, Washington, DC 20500

    An essential DC site, the Washington Monument is the central point of the National Mall. The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. The 555-foot, 5-1/8" marble obelis…

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  • White House

    White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

    No trip to Washington, DC would be complete without viewing the home of one of the most powerful individuals in world politics. Also stop by the White House Visitor's Center for an in depth look at th…

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  • World War II Memorial

    World War II Memorial

    17th Street Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20006

    The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining eve…

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