Washington DC Sightseeing: Activities & Sightseeing Tours in Washingto

Sightseeing

  • Washington DC Sightseeing: Activities & Sightseeing Tours in Washington DC

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is America's largest national burial ground with more than 600 acres of landscaped hills. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Hours of Operation:

  • April to September - open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • October to March - open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Proximity: 16 blocks from the hotel (METRO: Arlington Cemetery)

Paid shuttle sightseeing tours may be organized. Please inquire at the Visitors Center.

The White House

Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in the heart of the Nation's Capital, the White House is the home of every US president except George Washington.

Hours of guided tours:  Public tours of the White House are available. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress.  These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and 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.)

If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.

Admission: Free  

Proximity: 8 blocks southeast of the hotel

For the latest information, call the 24-hour recorded information line at (202) 456-7041.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is currently closed for repairs due to an earthquake on August 23, 2011.

One of the tallest masonry structures in the world, this majestic obelisk was dedicated in 1885 to the memory of the first U.S. president. An elevator ride takes you to the top for a sightseeing opportunity with a spectacular view.

Hours of Operation of the Elevator: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Christmas Day and the 4th of July.   

Admission: Free  

Proximity: 6 blocks from the hotel

For advance tickets, call 1(800) 967-2283.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Located between 14th St. and Raoul Wallenberg Place., SW (formerly 15th St.), this internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

Admission: Free

Proximity: 2.2 miles from the hotel

For more information, call (202) 488-0400, or visit their website.

Lincoln Memorial

This grand monument overlooks the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Inside, the 19-foot marble statue of the 16th president is flanked by inscriptions of his Second Inaugural Address and the famous Gettysburg Address.

Hours of Operation: Open daily, 24 hours a day, except Christmas Day (Park Ranger in attendance from 8:00 a.m. to midnight).   

Admission: Free  

Proximity: 13 blocks south of the hotel

Jefferson Memorial

Beneath the marble rotunda, the 19-foot statue of the third U.S. president is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and other famous Jefferson writings.

Hours of Operation: Open daily, 24 hours a day, except Christmas Day (Park Ranger in attendance from 8:00 a.m. to midnight).   

Admission: Free  

Proximity: 17 blocks from the hotel or 10-15 minutes drive from the hotel

FDR Memorial

A 7.5-acre site near the Jefferson Memorial, this memorial depicts the 12 pivotal years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency through a series of four outdoor gallery rooms. The rooms feature ten bronze sculptures depicting President Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and events from the Great Depression and World War II. The park-like setting includes waterfalls and quiet pools amidst a meandering wall of reddish Dakota granite, where Roosevelt's inspiring words are carved.

Hours of Operation: Open daily, 24 hours a day, except Christmas Day (Park Ranger in attendance from 8:00 a.m. to midnight).   

Admission: Free  

Proximity: 15 blocks from the hotel or 10-15 minutes drive from the hotel

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C.'s oldest art collection features Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, French impressionists and Post-impressionists and American art from colonial times to the present.

Hours of Operation: Open Wednesday to Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday).       

Admission:

  • Family - $8      
  • Adult - $5      
  • Senior & Member's guest - $3      
  • Students - $1      
  • Member and Child under 12 - Free

Proximity: 10 blocks from the hotel

For more information, call (202) 639-1700, or visit their website.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library with almost 119 million items in three buildings. The Thomas Jefferson Building houses one of the world's three perfect vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible and changing exhibitions. On permanent display is American Treasures of the Library of Congress, a rotating exhibition of rare and unique items.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Closed on all federal holidays)   

Admission: Free  

Proximity: 26 blocks southeast from the hotel

Sporting Events

Please check with hotel Concierge for information on tickets for local sporting events.

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