Washington, DC Landmarks
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 when visiting DC. Please remember that public tour requests must be submitted through your member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 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.
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 has the largest of Washington, D.C.'s reflecting pools, located directly east of the Lincoln Memorial. Lined by walking paths and shade trees on both sides, it reflects both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
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 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.
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.
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.