Washington, DC Museums, Landmarks & Hotels Near Smithsonian
Visiting national monuments and museums and touring buildings, important to our nation's history and government is the number one thing to do when you take a leisure trip to Washington, DC. Conveniently, our hotel's near Smithsonian and many other historic landmarks in Washington DC. With so many educational, entertaining and enriching sites and destinations to offer, you could spend a month here and still not see it all. Located just 12 miles from DC, BEST WESTERN PLUS Rockville Hotel & Suites is just minutes away from all the downtown DC attractions by METRO, and offers newly renovated guest rooms and suites as well as exceptional amenities that make your visit to the area more comfortable and convenient.
Washington, DC Landmarks
The White House
The White House is the private residence of the President of the United States and is the most recognized symbol of the United States government. A tour of this landmark is a must do when visiting DC. Please remember that public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted) on a first come first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and but no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)
Ford's Theater National Historic Site
Ford's Theatre was the location of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14, 1865, while the President and Mrs. Lincoln were attending a performance of the play, "Our American Cousin." Actor John Wilkes Booth, in this first assassination of an American president, removed Lincoln from leadership at the end of the American Civil War.
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President. It is the largest of Washington, D.C.'s reflecting pools, located directly east of the Lincoln Memorial visible in many photographs of the Washington Monument. It is lined by walking paths and shade trees on both sides. It reflects both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Located in the Constitution Gardens.
The Capitol Building
In addition to housing the meeting chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Capitol is a museum of American art and history. Guided tours for the public are available Monday through Saturday. Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 300,000 American heroes. Visit this peaceful cemetery and pay your respects to everyone from former presidents to war veterans.
As the nation's capitol, Washington, DC is filled with national monuments. Be sure to visit each memorial and remember the many people and sacrifices given to our country.
Washington, DC Museums
The Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is a world-renowned research organization and museum complex that includes 16 museums in DC, two museums in New York City and the National Zoo. The museums are open daily with the exception of Christmas Day. Since our hotel's near Smithsonian, this can be an easy stop on your list of things to do in Washington DC.
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
As one of the Smithsonian museums, the National Air and Space Museum is home to the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft. The space sciences collection includes objects ranging from satellites and telescopes to engineering models, components, and prototypes to mockups and models representing the full range of scientific activities performed on space vehicles, including both suborbital and orbital satellites, probes, and landers, as well as missions flown into orbits around other celestial bodies, including the moon, other planets, the Sun, and the Earth’s Lagrangian points.
National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution and contains more than 500 million specimens that explore every subject of natural life from insects and animals to ancient civilizations and modern humans.
For additional information about National Historic Sites, please visit the National Park Service's website. For more information about our hotel near Smithsonian and other landmarks, please contact us at 301-424-4940 or toll-free at 800-366-1251.