Things To Do in Washington DC

Explore Maximum Best & Fun Things To Do in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States and is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and iconic landmarks. Thrumming with art, culture, and history, DC is one of the best places to visit for a one-of-a-kind vacation. With amusement star-studded concerts, theater shows, exciting sports, tours, excursions, and more, you’ll never run out of things to do in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss the best upcoming events today, tomorrow, this weekend, and next week. Discover the city in different and vivid shades! Here are some of the best things to do in Washington, D.C.:

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Private Evening Walking Tour of DC’s National Mall 5,0· from $140
Visit the nation’s capital after dark for a private walking tour of Washington D.C. Learn the city’s immense history, as told through its most famous landmarks and monuments, each lit up to give you a wonderful experience in the evening. You’ll start your tour near the Washington Monument, from where you can admire the Capitol Building lit in the dark. As you walk beside the reflecting pool, admire the iconic buildings being reflected and snap your best pictures! You’ll have the chance to then visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and The Vietnam War Memorial, along with several others while learning each memorial’s unique origin story. Your tour ends outside the most famous house in the country, The White House, where you’ll learn all about American politics.
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Car Service to Ronald Reagan National DCA Airport 5,0· from $146.67
This is a personalized service of transportation without the discomfort of taxi lines and the inconvenience stops of a ride sharing shuttle Services. This is a reliable, personalized and convenient service with professional and experienced drivers with luxury cars such as Sedans and SUVs. This service includes meet and greet inside of the airport at the baggage claim area and escorting to the vehicle.
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Pedicab Tour of the National Mall for 3 Guests 5,0· from $370
Enjoy a relaxing human-scale guided tour from an uncommon open-air conveyance. Make as many or as few stops as you please, and depart on your schedule without waiting around for a crowded sightseeing bus.
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90-Minute Guided Walking Tour of Arlington Cemetery with Changing of the Guards 5,0· from $38
Start this 90-Minute Guided Walking Tour of Arlington National Cemetery by meeting your guide outside the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station by 7:45am. You and your group will receive an overview of the history of Arlington National Cemetery which includes: • Admission to Arlington Cemetery • 90-Minute Guided Walking Tour of Cemetery • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with Changing of the Guards • Kennedy family grave site including Edward and Robert Kennedy • See Custis Lee Manor from a distance • Grave of WWII veteran and movie star, Audie Murphy • View the memorials for the Columbia and Challenger disasters • Possibility to visit Arlington Memorial Amphitheater (availability depending on day of the week)
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The History of Black Georgetown 5,0· from $25
**Note – This tour is only offered on a private tour basis from mid-December through February. Contact Off the Mall Tours directly to book a private tour. Someone visiting Georgetown today may see it as another wealthy enclave in a continuously gentrifying Washington, DC. However, this charming area has a diverse history. Originally a busy port for the export of tobacco, it was also the site of an active slave trade, and at one point African Americans counted as 30% of the Georgetown population. Descendants of those enslaved peoples and black free folk have lived in Georgetown for generations, but their contributions to its history do not often receive the same recognition. This tour will reveal the stories of the black citizens who made their mark on one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods. The tour starts at 3206 O Street NW DC and ends at the Mt. Zion Cemetery, at 2501 Mill Rd. NW. There is a half-way stop at Thomas Sweet Shop for a bathroom break and refreshment.
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Private Yacht Tour of the Vibrant DC Waterfront! 5,0· from $526
We are proud to offer a host of vessels that are perfectly suited to enhance your DC Waterfront experience! We have the best Staff that are all either currently in service to our great nation or are prior service veterans who know and understand the importance of professional Fun!! Customer satisfaction only comes second to everyones safety upon our vessels. And lets be honest its not that hard to enjoy all that the DC Waterfront has to offer!
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National Mall & Memorials & Tidal Basin Walking Tour 5,0· from $75
Walk the National Mall with a licensed tour guide who will give you both the history and the context of all that you will see. Enjoy learning about the history, design, and meaning of the iconic monuments and memorials that make up the heart of downtown Washington, DC. As we approach each site, your experienced guide will set the scene with stories that reveal the character of the men and women behind each design. This is an inspiring walk, over 300 years in the making, that will resonate with all guests and leave you proud to be a part of it. On this tour we will explore: • Washington Monument. • White House. • WWII Memorial. • Reflecting Pool. • Vietnam Veterans Memorial. • Korean War Veterans Memorial. • Lincoln Memorial.
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DC National Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Combo Tour 5,0· from $179.14
Make the most of your visit to DC on this comprehensive 5.5 hour exclusive guided combo tour that will match you up with one of young local guides. Explore the monuments of DC on the National Mall, followed by a visit to the National Gallery of Art to see some of the nation’s greatest art. Not only will you take in sites emblematic of America’s capital and the pieces that have made it a cultural hub, you’ll learn about the design and meaning behind them.
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Day Tour: Private Luxury Tour of Washington DC 5,0· from $589.4
See all the main sights in Washington DC with your private chauffeur aboard a late model SUV( Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon). Maximum passengers 7. Sample itinerary: (not in order) – The White House – Thomas Jefferson Memorial – Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial – National World War II Memorial – Washington Monument – United States Capitol Since this is a private tour you have the ability to skip or add other locations. Keep in mind that the tour cost is for 4 hours only.
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Residences of the Presidentses Walking Tour: Dupont & Kalorama 5,0· from $22
[Tours are generally offered March through October. Please note that this tour is recommended for people ages 13 and up.] DC is the city of presidents, and this is the tour that gives you the most POTUS for your buck. This is a great way to see some of DC’s most beautiful neighborhoods, away from the big tourist crowds on the National Mall. If you love history, trivia, politics or walking, it’s a great way to enjoy the nation’s capital. Your guide is a former journalist and stand-up comedian obsessed with the presidents — Chris White has been to almost every presidential birthplace, home and grave in the country. This tour usually departs at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Please check the start time before completing your booking.
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Residences of the Presidentses Walking Tour: Lafayette Square & Foggy Bottom 5,0· from $22
[Tours are generally offered March through October. Please note that this tour is recommended for people ages 13 and up.] DC is the city of presidents, and this is the tour that gives you the most POTUS for your buck. People want to be close to power. And from the time D.C. was founded, that meant being close to the White House. You’ll check out Lafayette Square and the neighborhood of Foggy Bottom. You’ll explore the homes and buildings where presidents lived, worked, partied, plotted and worshipped — before, during and after their time in office. You’ll see some of DC’s oldest buildings and enjoy one of the most famous public spaces in the world. And don’t forget the stories. Our guide will tell you about the building of the city — and the British attempt in 1814 to unbuild it. There’s a Real Housewives scandals, a Pennsylvania Avenue shootout, slaves fighting for freedom and lots more.
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Off the Beaten Path: 16th Street and Adams Morgan Neighborhood Tour 5,0· from $48
Venture into some of Washington’s most diverse residential areas in this off the beaten path tour of the Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. From DC socialites to civil rights activists, Northwest Washington has been host to castles, embassies, temples, protests, and almost the Lincoln Memorial! Learn about this diverse and ever-changing off the beaten path area of the real District.
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Private DC Guided Day Tour with Step Off Guide – up to 12 people 5,0· from $949
Professional, passionate guides will lead a premium, private tour experience, including luxury transportation. Our professional guides will weave story telling to enhance the visual experience. See the best of DC, what you want to see in 3-4 hours. Pick your start time and departure point. A licensed guide will accompany you and step off and lead the way at the stops you pick. Vehicle is a walk in luxury van that comfortably seats up to 12 passengers.
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Washington DC New Year’s Day Premier Brunch Cruise 5,0· from $117.11
Celebrate the new year on the water with a New Year’s Day Premier Brunch Cruise in Washington DC. While onboard, guests will enjoy a festive brunch buffet freshly prepared by our chef, full bar service, and City Cruises’ distinctive hospitality. Start your new year in style with exceptional views of Washington DC’s iconic landmarks, bottomless mimosas, and DJ entertainment on the Potomac River. Happy New Year! Includes Two-hour New Year’s Day brunch cruise on the Potomac River Chef-prepared buffet-style dining The most breathtaking views of the nation’s greatest landmarks unlimited mimosas (21+) DJ entertainment Complimentary coffee, hot tea, and iced tea
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3- Hour Private Customizable Moonlight Washington DC Tour 5,0· from $450
The tour is a Unique experience that allows you to see the beauty of Washington DC all Memorial. since this is private tour travelers can pick and choose which ever they are interested to visit.
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Curated Tour – National Gallery of Art with French Art Historian 5,0· from $95
Instead of wandering purposelessly in the National Gallery of Art, Tosca will lead you into an in-depth visit of the museum’s history and its masterpieces. You have heard of Raphael, Da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Monet but do you really know their lives and why they are seen as geniuses? We’ll dive into the lives of the great masters as we wander the rooms of the NGA. We’ll go from the only Da Vinci in America before seeing Monet’s “Japanese Footbridge” to witness the different styles and evolutions in art. You’ll be armed with the information and history that you’ll need to appreciate the works of art on display. Art with Tosca offers tours of cultural institutions in Washington D.C and online lectures about art history. Tosca brings you an extensive knowledge about European Art history having studied and lived between Paris, London and Italy. Great gift idea: a lot of my guests have received this tour as a gift – They loved it! Need a specific date? Reach out at Art with Tosca!
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Private Tour to see the Monuments and Memorials in Washington DC 5,0· from $622
You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You’ll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest’s wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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Colonial Williamsburg Private Tour 5,0· from $1720
Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, VA are each living representation of Colonial America. Together, these towns form the Historic Triangle, scenically connected by the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. Your experience will begin with a scenic trip from DC to Jamestown – England’s first permanent settlement in America as well as the first capital of Virginia. Your tour guide will escort you through Historic Jamestown to observe the remnants of Fort James, site of the first permanent English settlement in North America! Together we will visit the reconstructed Glasshouse of 1608 and walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Next, you will visit Colonial Williamsburg where you will enjoy a guided walk through the world’s largest living history museum. Before heading back to DC, you will visit Yorktown and observe the battlefield where General George Washington led the Continental Army to defeat British General Cornwallis and his troops during the Revolutionary War.
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DC with Lorna 5,0· from $595
Discover the city with one of the best Tour Guides in town! Lorna will be your Driver and Guide. She will take you to the main sights of the city giving you the history all the way. All tours may be customized and are family style.
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Arlington National Cemetery HANDS ON HISTORY TOUR 5,0· from $145
Our tour guides are fantastic story tellers. We use smell, taste, touch, sound and sight to bring history to life! Fun and fascinating, there is no better way to explore America’s national military cemetery.
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC 5,0· from $299
Flytographer Private Vacation Photo Shoot Connect with a local hand-picked professional photographer in Washington DC and capture your most memorable moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Washington DC , including where to eat & what to see from your vacation photographer. Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality vacation photos — the best souvenir ever. We specialize in: – honeymoons – family trips – engagements – anniversaries – romantic getaways – multi-generational trips – babymoons – solo travellers – and just because! With over 10,000 5-star reviews, Flytographer is the global leader in vacation photography and has captured over 3 million memories for travellers across six continents. We’ve been featured across A-list media, including Conde Nast Traveler, Oprah, Forbes, Travel + Leisure, New York Times, BRIDES, Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Magazine, Elle, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, Huffington Post, & many more.
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Arlington Cemetery Private Tour 5,0· from $395
Experience Arlington Cemetery with a Veteran guide trained in military history. Observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit each of the Kennedy graves. Discover Robert E. Lee’s mansion upon the grounds and his wife’s garden where the first burials took place. Discuss the beginning of the cemetery during the Civil War and its evolution through all of our nations conflicts. US federal or state government issued photo identification or passport is required for entry into Arlington National Cemetery.
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The National Gallery of Art DC Guided Museum Tour – Semi-Private 8ppl Max 5,0· from $94.34
This 2.5 hour semi-private guided museum tour welcomes up to 8 guests who want to see the world’s most iconic artists inside two extraordinary buildings. The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is a world-class museum housing an incredible timeline of Western Art from the old masters of the Renaissance to the quintessential personalities of the 20th Century. Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, and Rothko are just a handful of artist on view (as well as Vigee le Brun, Cassatt, and O’Keeffe). Take excursion through the changes of history as told by magnificent works of art – money, power, war, hope, and triumph. From the intimacy of a da Vinci portrait to sweep of a Monet to the bold strokes of a Kandinsky, you will be dazzled by the vast holdings and the stories that accompany them. You’ll delight over familiar names and hidden gems while our passionate guides navigate you through notable highlights of technique and artwork from over the past seven centuries.
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Private Family/Group Day or Night Tour Of Washington DC up to 11 Guests 5,0· from $99
With so much to see and do in Washington, DC, it can be challenging to know how to structure your days while you’re visiting. Trying not to miss anything can be stressful and prevents you from thoroughly enjoying all the sights. Toss the hassle of planning your DC tours out the window, and let our team of licensed and trained guides plan the itinerary for you . See DC’s top attractions at your own pace on this private tour that can accommodate up to 11 guests. Learn details about each of the sites you will visit and many more you will pass along the way. Drop-offs and pick-ups are as close to each of the sites as possible. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included. Let us know if you have any questions.
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Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC 5,0· from $299
Flytographer Private Vacation Photo Shoot Connect with a local hand-picked professional photographer in Washington DC and capture your most memorable moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Washington DC, including where to eat & what to see from your vacation photographer. Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality vacation photos — the best souvenir ever. We specialize in: – honeymoons – family trips – engagements – anniversaries – romantic getaways – multi-generational trips – babymoons – solo travellers – and just because! With over 10,000 5-star reviews, Flytographer is the global leader in vacation photography and has captured over 3 million memories for travellers across six continents. We’ve been featured across A-list media, including Conde Nast Traveler, Oprah, Forbes, Travel + Leisure, New York Times, BRIDES, Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Magazine, Elle, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, Huffington Post, & many more.
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Arlington National Cemetery Private Walking Tour 5,0· from $360
Across the Potomac River is our country’s most recognized and respected burial sites, Arlington National Cemetery. During the American Civil War, these hallowed grounds were occupied by the Confederate States Army and used as a military stronghold. The restored Arlington House, once the home of General Robert E. Lee, stands in the center of the property. Despite General Lee’s defiance, the building is a protected memorial today due to his aid in uniting the land after the Confederacy’s defeat. Unity is a present focus of the cemetery as the monuments to the former adversaries of Lincoln and Lee sit together with the Memorial Bridge connecting them. This enormous refuge nestled in an otherwise urban landscape is the final resting place of many: war heroes, freed slaves, even Presidents like John F. Kennedy. Famed sites, such as the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier lay on the property with other attractions the Marine Corp Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and Pentagon just nearby.
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Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour 5,0· from $179.14
Get the most from your visit to DC museums by taking this exclusive guided combo tour that mixes natural marvels with iconic artists. This 5.5 hour private guided museum combo tour will introduce you to the National Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art to discover their most impressive pieces.
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Mount Vernon Historical Walking Tour with Transportation from DC 5,0· from $99
Experience first hand where George Washington, America’s founding father lived, walked and dined. Guest would have the opportunity to explore the Mount Vernon property and get a guided tour of the mansion. On the way back at Old town Alexandria guests would have opportunity to see Christ church where George Washington worshiped, see and sit on a pew reseved for George Washington. Also guests would see George Washington’s town house.
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Half-Day Washington DC Guided Bus Tour with 90-Minute Arlington Cemetery Visit 5,0· from $89
The DC & Arlington in a Half Day is a fast-paced and enjoyable way to see the top sights in one memorable tour. Approximately 4. hours in duration, it starts by meeting your guide outside the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station. Begin with a unique 90 minutes walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery with our friendly and knowledgeable guide, where you’ll experience the Eternal Flame at the Grave of President John F. Kennedy and the can’t-miss Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns first-hand. From there you’ll travel with your guide on board our climate-controlled bus to visit such key attractions as the U.S. Capitol Building (exterior), the National Mall, the White House (exterior), the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and many others. The entire tour is led by your experienced and personable tour guide who walks you through each of the sites and narrates on board when riding. Plenty of photo opportunities.
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Four Hour Private Customizable Washington, DC Tour 5,0· from $450
The tour is a unique experience that allows you to see the beauty of Washington DC all memorials. sine this is Private tours you always can pick and choose which ever You are more interested to visit
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Discover the Best Things to Do in DC

There are many things to do in Washington, D.C., including visiting iconic landmarks and museums, attending cultural events and festivals, and exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Here are a few suggestions for activities to consider during your visit:


  • Visit the National Mall: The National Mall is a large, open area in the center of the city that is home to many of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol.
  • Tour the White House: The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Visitors can take a tour of the White House, which must be arranged through a member of Congress.
  • Visit the Smithsonian museums: The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums and research centers in Washington, D.C., that are dedicated to the arts, sciences, and culture. There are many Smithsonian museums to choose from, including the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History.
  • Attend a performance at the Kennedy Center: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center that hosts a variety of events, including concerts, plays, and dance performances.
  • Explore the city’s neighborhoods: Washington, D.C., is home to many vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and attractions. Some neighborhoods to consider visiting include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Adams Morgan.
  • Visit the National Zoo: The National Zoo is a free, public zoo that is home to over 2,000 animals from more than 400 different species.
  • Take a trip to the National Arboretum: The National Arboretum is a 446-acre botanical garden that features a variety of plants, trees, and gardens.

Attend a sporting event: Washington, D.C., is home to several professional sports teams, including the Washington Football Team (NFL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the Washington Nationals (MLB).