Visiting Washington, D.C., is a popular thing to do for many tourists - and with good reason. This amazing metropolis is filled with treasures of American history, monuments and some of the best museums in the entire world. There are many popular places to visit in Washington, D.C., with the tops ones including the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and monuments dedicated to Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington and Vietnam Veterans - just to name a few.
In fact, Washington, D.C., sees thousands upon thousands of visitors every year. To make the most of your trip here, you’ll find numerous resources to help you plan and enjoy your time in the Capital City.
Destination D.C. is the go-to official spot for tourism in the city. It offers a free visitors guide with hotels, city information, dining spot and much more. This tourism and convention outfit updates the guide biannually at www.destinationdc.org. The website also has maps you can download or order to be mailed to your home before your trip here. The organization also offers a phone line that you can call and speak with a member of the organization to ask specific questions about the city. Simply call 202-789-7000.
After you have arrived in the city, you’ll also find a physical office location for Destination D.C. to get visitor’s guides, maps and ask questions. They are open weekdays from 8:30 am to 5 pm at 901 7th St. NW, 4th Floor (from the Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown, H St. exit).
Another good spot for visitor information is either the airport or the train station. All three of the local airports and the Union Station offer services to visitors.
If you are visiting Washington, D.C., with kids, it’s good to know ahead of time that spring is a popular season for large groups of kids to be here on field trips. Summer is a busy time for families in the city. Many feel that Washington, D.C., is one of the best spots to take children. Top spots that kids will enjoy include the National Zoo and the children’s garden, which is located within the U.S. Botanical Gardens. One of the best things that parents will enjoy is that admission is free at many places, and others will enjoy the educational aspect of this beautiful city.