The GPA Team would love to say hello in-person, once it's safe to do so. In the meantime, there are plenty of cool ways to experience D.C., from the safety of your couch. Click on the links below to start your virtual adventure of the nation's capital!
The White House
The U.S. Capitol
The Jefferson Memorial
The U.S. Tidal Basin
Museum of Natural History
National Building Museum
National Postal Museum
National Portrait Gallery provides 10 online exhibits
National Geographic Museum's Becoming Jane Exhibit
Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown is a beautiful estate and gardens.
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
National Zoo: Explore the virtual highlights tour and see the animals on the live animal cams!
U.S. Botanic Garden
Tips and Ideas for a Future D.C. Trip
The Smithsonian Museums are the most well-known, and for good reason! 20 of the museums are in Washington, and another one is just outside of the city near Dulles Airport in Virginia. Best part: they're free! Donations are encouraged, but not required.
Pro Tip: Most of the museums open at 10am, but the large tour groups often don't show up until close to 11am, so plan to arrive at open and get the place to yourself for a while!
There are countless federal buildings to see, including the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. All of these buildings have areas that are open to the public.
There are endless options for tours in the city: walking, bus, Segway, bikes, etc. Be sure to choose the mode of transportation that best fits your schedule. Check out what specific tours you may want to do before your trip, as some sites require prior ticketing or have strict rules about what you can bring in your purse or backpack. The National Parks Service has information for parks, hours, historic sites, and more.
Tours of the U.S. Capitol, The Library of Congress and The White House should be booked through your U.S. Congressman's office. Be sure to reach out to them well ahead of time to ensure availability, as they book up months in advance.
Pro Tip: If you can stay up late enough, consider checking out a night tour of the Monuments. You won't regret it! The crowds thin out and you may get some coveted pics of the monuments, sans people!
Neighborhoods to Visit
There are so many unique, vibrant neighborhoods to explore within the city. Each one has it's own vibe, food, and things to do. Georgetown is the oldest neighborhood in the city, and you'll love wandering through the cobblestone streets full of colorful, quaint houses. Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan offer an array of unique bars, retailers and coffee shops. The 14th St Corridor is a must-stop on your DC dining tour. Visit Shaw for cool concert venues, African-American history, and indie shops. The newest destination in the city, The Wharf, allows you to dine along the waterfront and often has free concerts and events.
Did you know that DC is home to 6 professional sports teams? The Washington Capitals (NHL), the Washington Nationals (MLB), the Washington Football Team (NFL), DC United (MLS), the Washington Wizards (NBA), and Washington Mystics (WNBA). If you're here in-season, grab tickets and head to a game!
Take a little bit of time to check out the Metro before your trip. Once you're in the city, it can come in handy. Taxis are also a good option, and of course there are the ride-sharing options like Uber and Lyft. Parking in the city is limited, expensive and comes with short time limits, so consider leaving the car at the hotel until it is time to head home.