Day Trips from Washington, DC to L'Enfant Plaza

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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

What top attractions are a must-see in 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

El guia y la conductora geniales. La atencion excelente. Si tuviera que mejorar algo alargaria la salida de Washington para tener mas tiempo libre (Se deja 1 hora y poco, saliendo 15 30)

Ellen was a phenomenal host. Very knowledge and efficient! I can't believe how much we got in a two hour tour. You tell she truly enjoys her job and loves this city!

I was so glad that my husband and I decided to do the DC beer crawl. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny and the beer was delicious. A must do!!!

So many stops with a ton of interesting facts and behind the scenes information about DC!

We had a great time, enough time to see everything in a day. Recommend