Things to do in

Washington, DC

The US capital offers up plenty of famed monuments and museums for your touring pleasure.

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Top 10 attractions to see in Washington DC

When describing the US capital, suffice it to say that big things come in small packages. Within the 61-square-mile district, you can brush up on your American history, then walk among the locals and discover the spirit of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

Frequently asked questions about Washington, DC

Planning Your Visit

  • White House Tickets

    Make a reservation through your congressional office up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days. The self-guided tour takes place Tuesdays - Thursdays from 7:30AM to 11:00AM; Fridays from 7:30AM to 12:00PM; Saturdays from 7:30AM to 1:00PM. You must bring your government-issued identification on the day of the tour. Non-US citizens must contact their embassy in Washington DC for assistance. Admission is free.

  • US Capitol Tickets

    It's recommended to book the free, 90-minute tour well in advance either through your senator's or representative's office. You can also make a reservation online yourself. The Visitors' Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Admission is free.

  • Washington Monument Tickets

    Due to the limited number of visitors allowed each day, tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. You can either pick up your tickets at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street or reserve your ticket in advance online for a fee of $1.50 per ticket. Every ticket indicates a specific entry time. Opening hours are daily from 9:00AM to 10:00PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day), otherwise from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission is free.

  • What else is for free?

    It's free to visit the memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Zoo. Admission is also free to enter the US National Archives, but it's advised that you make a reservation in advance at a fee of $1.50 per ticket.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring - it's just getting warmer and it may not be as crowded as the summer!

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,461 reviews

This is a must see museum! Modern and clean. You start from the 4th floor and each floor is interesting. I only had 4.5 hours and spent most of them on 4 and 3. Four is about bibles, how they started, got printed and how old and new testaments were written. Three starts in a theater and tells the story from the garden to a biblical village complete with village people who will interact with you. Young children won’t be too interested in 4th floor, but they will enjoy the 3rd. They can take a ride over Washington DC on the 2nd and there is a children’s play area on the first floor.

There were six of us celebrating a 73rd birthday. This was the best tour of DC that was slightly modified due to road closures (March in for Voting Rights) and the 58th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech. What an amazing piece of history we experienced. Our tour guide was so informative and friendly. We would definitely do this tour again! Highly recommend!!

Unfortunately, the boat had some mechanic issues for our excursion. However, the staff was still generous enough to provide us the service for free on top providing credit towards another Odyssey gourmet brunch deal. Thank you! Everything about the experience was fun and professionally done! The food and unlimited champagne were definitely a plus as well!

Jennifer was great. So knowledgeable, made you feel like a friend. She even walked us to the subway after the tour. Wish I knew how to get around town like Cory. Overall great experience!

We had a great time! Emily was a great guide! It was a lot easier than we thought it would be. A really fun way to see the city.