See how Washington, DC does summer vacation and plan the best trip ever.

12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

Pierre L’Enfant, DC’s first urban planner, designed “The Federal City” to be beatified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and the federal buildings in Washington, DC, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here...

U.S. Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Summer in Washington, DC

As you plan your family trip to DC, we’re here to remind you of all the free things to do this summer in the District. From July 4th fireworks and holiday concerts to special events like the Memorial Day parade, summer in Washington, DC makes for an unforgettable time, and it doesn’t have to hurt...

Family on National Mall near Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Summer Vacation in Washington, DC
15 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the nation’s capital celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans.

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
16 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

The District celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall , visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Here is a list of entertaining places where revelers can experience the fun and...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend 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
DC On the Water: 12 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts, with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on the...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
20 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC

We’re taking the work out of making your Labor Day weekend plans. Come to Washington, DC and your summer is guaranteed to end with a bang! Here are 20 ways to make the trip a memorable one.

Family canoeing on Potomac River past Kennedy Center, Washington DC
10 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival

One of America’s greatest art forms receives an annual summer showcase in DC. Many of the concerts are free, so no need to worry about costs piling up! For 10 more reasons why you should attend this wonderful celebration, read on. Also, make sure to visit for full lineups, a schedule...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival in Washington, DC
Where to Eat & Drink at Nationals Park

There’s more to Nationals Park than cheering on the talented ballplayers and hoping to catch a fly ball. Compared to other parks, this one puts food high up on the priority list: easy-to-read digital menu boards illuminate thousands of crave-worthy items at each concession stand and there's even a...

@kelseyohleger - Where to eat at Nationals Park - Washington, DC
Outdoor Activities & Adventures in Washington, DC

Walk your way through DC and beyond With its ample sidewalks, abundant public parks and miles of panoramic trails, Washington, DC is an extremely exercise-friendly destination. Want to take advantage of all your fitness options? We suggest you start by exploring Rock Creek Park . The 2,000-acre...