America's capital, Washington D.C. has many fascinating stories to tell, across its monuments, museums, and streets. As part of a weekend getaway in Washington, be amazed by a city where history and vibrant, contemporary culture intertwine.
Uncovering Washington's treasures
Most of the city's key attractions are situated across three areas: Capitol Hill, West End, and the National Mall. This makes it easy to get around, allowing you to take in the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and more. Taking an organized tour is a great way to see all the key sights while getting the inside scoop from expert guides - the Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour is a highlight.
You'll soon find that there's a world of culture to explore. The National Museum of Natural History is popular with families on weekend getaways in Washington. Encounter everything from a giant squid to Easter Island heads, and an IMAX theater showing amazing nature footage in 3D. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is another stand-out visit, while art aficionados shouldn't miss the impressive collection at the National Gallery of Art.
Although a bustling metropolis, Washington has lots of green space, so you're never far from a tranquil oasis. Located in the north of the city, Rock Creek Park is home to well-maintained walking trails, bubbling streams, and recreation spots. Go horse riding at the Rock Creek Horse Center, catch live music at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, or visit the Nature Center. Georgetown Waterfront Park is another top choice, overlooking the Potomac River - come here to stroll or enjoy a late-summer picnic.
The best weekend getaways in Washington feature plenty of culinary delights. For a fine-dining experience with an eclectic menu, visit Rosa's Luxury, a Capitol Hill restaurant that's creating a buzz. When it comes to mouth watering value-for-money street food, the tacos at Taqueria Habanero will give you cravings for weeks after your vacation.