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How Can I Tour the White House?

Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit. If you'...

The White House
13 Ways to Enjoy an Outdoor Movie In & Around Washington, DC

Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand. Yes, the biggest blockbusters are in theaters, but step your movie-going experience up a notch and relax outdoors while taking in a classic film or one you’ve never seen before. These events, many of which feature beautiful scenery and are free to attend, have...

NoMa Summer Screen - Outdoor Summer Movies In Washington, DC
Top Spots to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene. Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment. For the blossoms, that's during peak bloom, which typically occurs around early April, but in the past has occurred as early...

Where to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC
Visiting the Newseum

What and where is the Newseum? The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, situated between the U.S. Capitol and the White House . The seven-level museum opened in 2008 with the intention of promoting, explaining and defending the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press,...

Newseum exterior at sunset - Museums in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

What and where is the National Museum of American History? The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW, just a block away from the National Mall . Through research, in-depth exhibits, extensive collections and public outreach, the museum presents America’s history...

Entrance of the Museum of American History
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the District quite like the blooming of the cherry blossoms, an event that has spawned a three-week festival celebrating the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The festival, full...

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC
Family Friendly Dining in Washington, DC

Eat and run There is so much to see and do on a visit to Washington, DC, and for that reason, fast food often fits best into your touring schedule. Fortunately, there are many high quality food options near the National Mall . For some tasty quick bites, try Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the Penn...

Young family dining at Bluejacket on the Capitol Riverfront - Family friendly restaurants in Washington, DC
8 Exciting Ways to Close Out Summer in the Capital Region

Now that summer is ending soon, extend an epic DC getaway by exploring nearby Maryland and Virginia in the Capital Region. Not far from DC you’ll find beaches, wine country and more incredible shopping options. We've put together a few top ideas for your consideration to extend your stay and make...

Historic Old Town Alexandria - Places to Eat, Shop and Drink in Virginia Near Washington, DC
5 Days of Winter Activities in Washington, DC

Morning Arrive on Amtrak and start your holiday right away at Union Station . The historic building decks the halls in December with a 30-foot tree donated from the Embassy of Norway as well as a Norwegian Holiday Market. Plus, Union Station’s holiday model train display delights as the locomot...

@dccitygirl - Union Station Illuminated During the Holidays - Washington, DC
Family-Friendly Tours in Washington, DC

One of the great reasons to visit DC with children is the number of activities that are either affordable or completely free. Most are easily accessible, especially if you plan ahead. Here are some edutainment activities guaranteed to leave an indelible impression on both you and your child. And if...

Group Touring the Capitol Rotunda - United States Capitol Building - Washington, DC