Visiting Washington DC for the First Time? Here's What to See and Do
From larger-than-life monuments to world-class museums, there’s a lot to experience in Washington DC, and it can be hard for a newcomer to know where to start. To get the most out of your visit, here are our top picks for a first-time visit to America’s capital city.
Make the most of the capital's culture.
Free admission at the Smithsonian Museums makes it easy to sample a little of everything, and guided tours help find the gems in the collections. The International Spy Museum, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture also invite exploring.
See politics at work
Where better than Washington DC?
Cruise the Potomac River
For a new perspective.
Meet the monuments
Tour the top sites.
Visit Arlington National Cemetery
Pay tribute to a range of people.
Explore Mount Vernon
A top DC day trip.
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