Washington, D.C. — capital of the United States and home to some of our nation’s greatest historical artifacts and priceless treasures. While not everyone can uncover a secret map on the back of the Declaration of Independence that leads to a centuries-old fortune, there’s plenty of other treasures for you to discover in Washington, D.C.
Start your quest at the National Mall, which includes gems such as the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. And make sure to pay a visit to the awe-inspiring memorials honoring the brave men and women who served our country, which include the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Museums are the keepers of many of the treasures that Washington has to offer. With so many to explore, you might just have to extend your stay. Take the Smithsonian Institute for example — with its 19 museums and galleries (plus a zoo!), there’s hours of education and enjoyment for everyone. The best part? All of the Smithsonian’s museums are free! The collective includes the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and much more. And don’t miss an opportunity to visit the National Archives Museum, which houses the famous founding documents of our country.
A trip to the capital wouldn’t be complete without visits to two of the most well-known landmarks: the White House and U.S. Capitol. Both offer free tours, but, due to their popularity, be sure to book your tours well in advance. Even if you don’t walk the halls, be sure to walk by, the architecture and history are enough to impress any visitor.
Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the National Harbor is the perfect place to take a break from sightseeing to shop and dine. You can browse to your heart’s content through more than 160 stores, and when you’re ready for a bite to eat, stop by one of the many restaurants. The harbor also features a unique outdoor art gallery that integrates numerous sculptures and works of art into the surroundings. Visitors can snap a picture with a George Washington statue, and kids will love climbing on the beach’s giant sculpture, known as, “The Awakening.” In the evening, take a ride on the Capital Wheel, a 180-foot Ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of Washington.
After a busy day of touring museums and sightseeing, enjoy some time unwinding at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson,® Washington, D.C. East–Capitol Heights, MD. Curl up in a cozy chair by the fireplace with a book from the Read It & Return Lending LibrarySM or use the free Wi-Fi to stream your favorite movies and TV shows. As always, our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast will be ready when you wake up. And before heading out for the day, make sure to stop by the front desk, where knowledgeable and friendly staff members can provide information and offer recommendations to make your trip a memorable one.