Most visitors to Washington DC spend their time on the National Mall but there are plenty of attractions in addition to the mall. Take a trip out-of-town and discover that there is much more to the city than just the National Mall. The following are just some of the many attractions of Washington DC and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Located along the shores of the Potomac River, 500 acre Mount Vernon Estate was home to the first US President George Washington and his family. This beautifully restored 14-room mansion contains objects and furnishings dating back to the 1740’s. Guests of the estate can explore the mansion, slave quarters, coach house, stables, causes estate and museum to get a glimpse into the life of the president and his family.
Covering 163 acres, the National Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, this zoo is home to over 400 different species of animals including giant pandas, bears, giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys, sea lions and many more. Shows not to be missed on your vacation last minute to America are Elephant Trails and Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail.
Great Falls Park
Located along the Potomac River, Great Falls Park is a beautiful 800 acre Natural Park. The steep waterfalls cascade from heights of over 20 feet and are an amazing sight to see. Guests can follow the River Trail and take in the beautiful views of Mather Gorge, follow the upper Canal Trail to see the head of the falls and Aqueduct Dam or take the popular Billy Goat Trail and explore the scenic spots along the way.
This cosmopolitan neighborhood is home to some great museums, historic homes, ethnic restaurants, art galleries, private and foreign embassies. Popular with the gay community, Dupont Circle is the heart of nightlife Washington DC. The Circle itself is a meeting that the focal point is a unique fountain surrounded by grass and park benches. Woodrow Wilson House and Textile Museum are places near Dupont Circle.
Old Town Alexandria
just across the river from Washington DC is a quaint historic town of Alexandria dating back to 1749. The colonial, Riverfront revolutionary and Civil War periods Alexandria was an important colonial port. Nowadays Waterfront Old Town Alexandria is home to the cobbled streets with colonial houses, museums, churches, restaurants and shops. There are lots of different guided tours on offer including historical walking tours, horse-drawn carriage tours, river cruises and even ghost tours!
One of the oldest neighborhoods of Washington DC, Georgetown was once a major port and commercial center in the colonial era. A lively neighborhood with tree-lined streets and 200-year old house cobbled streets are also home to restaurants, bars and shops. If visiting Washington DC in May, do not miss Dragon Boat Festival here in Georgetown.
Located in downtown Washington, Penn Quarter district is home to some great art galleries, museums, theaters, nightclubs, restaurants and up-market shops.
interest to visit are the Adams Morgan neighborhood for liveliest nightlife Washington, Farmers Market and flea market and Glen Echo Park which offers theater and dance activities.
Children love the Six Flags America theme park, National Zoo, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, Washington Monument and many more on a family vacation.