Explore Washington D.C.

Essential D.C.—The Top Things You Must See and Do

A trip to the nation’s capital wouldn’t be complete without checking out these spots.

At a little more than 68 square miles, Washington, D.C. isn’t the largest city in the United States, but it sure packs a punch when it comes to exploration. Iconic memorials and monuments, world-class museums (many free), top-notch entertainment and a sizzling restaurant scene draw first-timers and repeat visitors every year. It’s no wonder Washington, D.C. is one of the most visited cities in the U.S. With so much to see and do, where do you start?

Cutting a green swath through the center of the District, the National Mall is a compact hub of history and culture that never goes out of style. Meanwhile, hot spots like the Shaw neighborhood offers some of the best restaurants in the country. Top off any visit with a Broadway-bound show and sweeping river views at the Kennedy Center. These are just a few essential things to do while visiting Washington, D.C. For more ideas, check out the video below.


For even more ideas on what to do in D.C., check out our full guide