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The best part of visiting Washington, DC is, even with the crowds, you can visit many historic spots on the fly for free. The city is family and kid-friendly. Start early in the day to maximize your experience.

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14 Places

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chevy Chase Pavilion

Hotels

Washington Hilton

Hotels

National Gallery of Art

Art Museums

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Hotels

The Cheesecake Factory

Restaurants

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Monuments & Statues

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Monuments & Statues

Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row

Hotels

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Monuments & Statues

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

National World War II Memorial

Monuments & Statues

Thaiphoon

Restaurants

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Restaurants

Nationals Park

Arenas & Stadiums

elaine s's City Tips

  • The Metro transit system works very well - both above and underground. Trains come quickly and the Circulator Buses provide a panoramic view everywhere you go.Plus, they are cheap and you can get a day pass. Washington, DC is also a very walkable city. Pack comfy shoes and bring water to stay hydrated!
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    Embassy Suites by Hilton Chevy Chase Pavilion
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    elaine s Says:

    So friendly - staff are always helpful. Breakfast is free and cooked to order. I love the pool and work-out center.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Third Floor provides quick access to the grill!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Breakfast Ever! 11/12/2017
    • Excellent Location & Customer Service!!! 09/12/2017
    • Embassy Suites by Hilton Chevy Chase Pavilion
    Address:
    4300 Military Rd. NW
    Washington DC, DC 20015-2019
    Phone:
    +1 855-605-0319
    Other:
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    Washington Hilton
    Hotels
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    elaine s Says:

    The Washington Hilton is a historic place in itself and is located in the heart of Dupont Circle - close to shopping, Metro and great eateries!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Choose a high floor to capture a beautiful view of the city.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
    • Delightful breakfast but small rooms 15/12/2017
    • Great location and walking is done with ease. 14/12/2017
    • Washington Hilton
    Address:
    1919 Connecticut Ave. NW
    Washington DC, DC 20009-5701
    Phone:
    +1 855-605-0316
    Other:
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    National Gallery of Art
    Art Museums
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    elaine s Says:

    This wonderful museum has marvelous Masters and incredible art treasures - and the entire gallery is free admission. Walking here is easy and the Metro is close by. The Outdoor Sculpture Garden is next door.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early in the day to avoid crowds. Bathrooms, a gift shop and cafe are onsite.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just Awesome... 13/12/2017
    • Wonderful collection of artwork for all tastes 11/12/2017
    • National Gallery of Art
    Phone:
    +1 202-737-4215
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Hotels
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    elaine s Says:

    It is a very historic hotel with elegant furnishings and large guest rooms to accentuate your restful getaway.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I love the historical art displays throughout the hotel.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
    • Can you love a hotel? 15/12/2017
    • almost perfect 15/12/2017
    • Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Address:
    2500 Calvert Street NW
    Washington DC, DC 20008-2649
    Phone:
    +1 800-578-2900
    Other:
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    The Cheesecake Factory
    Restaurants (American)
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    elaine s Says:

    The place is always busy because the food is plentiful and delicious. Large families and groups are easily seated and served. And, you don't have to like cheesecake to love this spot!

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Informal dress. Come early to beat the crowd.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #279 of 2,519 restaurants in Washington DC
    • Classic 15/12/2017
    • Location: Chevy Chase Pavilion 17/11/2017
    • The Cheesecake Factory
    Address:
    5345 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Ste 29
    Washington DC, DC 20015-2035
    Phone:
    +1 202-364-0500
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 00:30
    Other:
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    Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Monuments & Statues
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    elaine s Says:

    The memorial is inspirational and very moving. Do not miss it!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear good walking shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • INTERESTING AND VERY WELL DONE 15/12/2017
    • Day and Night 15/12/2017
    • Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Address:
    10 Daniel French Dr SW
    Washington DC, DC 20002
    Phone:
    +1 202-426-6841
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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Monuments & Statues
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    elaine s Says:

    The Vietnam War is a very complicated part of United States history. Please honor those who fought for our country and all who sacrificed, Your visit also honors the artist of this beautiful memorial. Easy to walk around and photograph.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Start early in the day to avoid heat, bring an umbrella and wear comfortable shoes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Inspiring 15/12/2017
    • Moving 15/12/2017
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Address:
    5 Henry Bacon Dr NW
    Washington DC, DC 20242
    Phone:
    +1 202-426-6841
    Other:
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    Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row
    Hotels
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    elaine s Says:

    Very convenient location at Dupont Circle and newly renovated vintage hotel.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a lovely spot. I always ask for a room with direct lighting and windows with natural light as well.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Gracious and Comfortable DC Hotel 09/12/2017
    • Last minute Deal! 05/12/2017
    • Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row
    Address:
    1914 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington DC, DC 20009-5705
    Phone:
    (202) 797-2000
    Other:
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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Monuments & Statues
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    elaine s Says:

    This is my favorite memorial - lots of room to walk around and a striking memory to a prophet in our time - Martin Luther King Jr. Please visit this sculpture memorial on your Washington, DC tour.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is quite a bit of walking to reach this far end of the mall so please wear walking shoes and bring liquids to stay hydrated. Bring your camera to take pix.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Inspiring 15/12/2017
    • Thoughtful 13/12/2017
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Address:
    1850 West Basin Drive SW
    Near West Basin Drive SW & Independence Ave. SW
    Washington DC, DC 20024
    Phone:
    +1 202-426-6841
    Other:
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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    elaine s Says:

    This visit requires time and thoughtful consideration. It is very serious and personal and reflects an important time in our history. I found the interactive tour difficult, but wonderful and a person cannot rush through it. Plan on a little under 3 hours at a minimum to process this experience.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is not a place to rush. Take extra time to process all the interactive museum offers.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Moving Experience 15/12/2017
    • Humbling 15/12/2017
    • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Address:
    100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW
    Washington DC, DC 20024-2126
    Phone:
    +1 202-488-0400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    National World War II Memorial
    Monuments & Statues
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    elaine s Says:

    This circular memorial is easy to walk to and around and lovely to visit. It is close enough to the White House as well.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a great walking destination. Take time to visit the White House afterwards and bring your camera.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful at day and night 15/12/2017
    • Immense impact 15/12/2017
    • National World War II Memorial
    Address:
    1750 Independence Ave. SW
    Near 7th St. & Independence Ave. SW
    Washington DC, DC 20024
    Phone:
    +1 202-426-6841
    Other:
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    Thaiphoon
    Restaurants (Asian, Thai)
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    elaine s Says:

    The Thai food here is very authentic and Thai staff will greet you and help you choose delicious dishes - whether sweet, salty, sour or bitter - it is all good and very large portions are served.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Informal casual dress or slightly more formal.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #456 of 2,519 restaurants in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food 02/12/2017
    • Very pleased with the food & the service 25/11/2017
    • Thaiphoon
    Address:
    2011 S St NW
    Washington DC, DC 20009-1109
    Phone:
    +1 202-667-3505
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 22:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    elaine s Says:

    The thin crust pizza is simply the best - do not miss Pete's. We love the salads, delicious cookies and gelato as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress anyway you want - this is a down-home place and lotsa fun!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #745 of 2,519 restaurants in Washington DC
    • 4th Visit (4.5) Stars ⭐ 18/09/2017
    • Best pizza in town 13/09/2017
    • Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
    Address:
    4940 Wisconsin Ave NW
    Washington DC, DC 20016-4104
    Phone:
    +1 202-237-7383
    Other:
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    Nationals Park
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    elaine s Says:

    Why not have fun and support America's team at the same time. Arrive early to try a half-smoke delight. The park is easy to navigate and very charming.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Visit their website to take advantage of family special ticketing and ball park events!
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go Nationals! 13/12/2017
    • Fun but overpriced 19/11/2017
    • Nationals Park
    Address:
    1500 S Capitol St SE
    Washington DC, DC 20003-3599
    Phone:
    +1 202-675-6287
    Other:
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