1. US national memorials and monuments in the National Mall
Commemorating key events and leaders in American history.
It is the first stop in the city for most of the visitors for a reason; this is something you cannot see or experience anywhere else in America.
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Washington, DC is the home of the Smithsonian Institution, offering a large variety of museums.
All are free, open almost 365 days a year, offering an interesting visit, and have clean restrooms.
If you have few days in the city and you would like to learn a bit about the American history in a fun way, the National Museum of American History is The museum to start with.
The museum is showcasing exhibits of American history in many fields.
One of the fun exhibitions is the First Lady’s Dress Collection, an interesting way to see the development of fashion over the years.
3. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
A museum dedicated to women’s suffrage.
Showcasing photographs, authentic memorabilia and artifacts from the early 1900’s presenting the development of the Suffragist Movement, their long struggle, the famous 1913 Parade held in DC and white house protests which eventually led to the ratification of the 19th amendment at August 18, 1920 giving the women of America the right to vote.
One of the most historic and classic neighborhoods of the city, lies on the Potomac River with the historic C&O canal passes in the middle of it.
M Street is the central street of the neighborhood with lots of upscale shops and different restaurants.
Boat tours are leaving from the Washington Harbour and close by are kayak rentals, both are great for a cruise on the Potomac River, to view the city and the nearby Roosevelt Island.
6. Adams Morgan
A diverse neighborhood, centered around 18th street, fun to stroll by the colored brick row houses, visit the local shops and try the different types of restaurants day and night.
7. Renwick Gallery
Neighboring the white house is the small branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This beautiful building, once an office building, became a museum with the help of the first lady, Jackie Kennedy. The museum presents unique art exhibitions changing every couple of months.
8. The Capitol of the United States of America
The home of US federal government, The Capitol.
A free guided tour will take you to visit the Capitol crypt, the Rotunda, and the statuary hall collection while learning about the history of this marvelous building, its part in the American history and about American leaders whose statues are presented there.
Note, there are 100 statues in the statuary hall collection, 9 of which are of women.
Do not miss the only female sculpture in the Rotunda, the group monument of the suffrage movement pioneers.
Close by the US Capitol and connected to it by an underground tunnel is the magnificent Library of Congress. Can be visited by a free guided tour.
9. The National Museum of African American History and Culture
One of the newest museums in the area. Showcases the history of African-American in many aspects, as well as honors African-American leaders, firsts, and celebrities.
10. Bike on Mount Vernon Trail from Jefferson Memorial to the Roosevelt Island
This Bike trail covers 17 miles, is starting at Mount Vernon (the residence of the first president of US, George Washington) in Virginia and ends in DC.
If you are short in time and would like to enjoy the nature close by the city, we recommend to bike from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to Roosevelt Island.