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Washington, DC, Attractions That Delight Both Young and Old

From Popular Attractions to Hidden Gems, Find the Best Washington, DC, Attractions

Washington, DC, Attractions

Home to the nation's capital, Washington, DC, is much more than a meeting place for political powerhouses. Numerous monuments, museums and other attractions in Washington, DC, makes this an ideal travel destination for people of all ages.

Washington DC Attractions - Spirit of St. Louis

Washington, DC, Museums

Some claim DC is the museum capital of the world, so you won't be shortchanged on options. An entire vacation could be spent exploring the Smithsonian Institution, which includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. For a presidential glimpse into the past, visit President Lincoln's Cottage. Art lovers must visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Gallery of Art. For a fun day, check out the International Spy Museum and try your hand at an interactive spy mission. No matter what your interest, there's bound to be a museum in DC that fascinates.

Washington DC Attractions - Jefferson Memorial

Washington, DC, Monuments

Teaching children about country's forefathers and reflect on the nation's history by visiting the numerous monuments and memorials sprinkled throughout DC. A walk along the national mall will allow you to see the iconic Washington Monument and the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the National World War II Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial are located here as well.

Washington, DC, Transportation

Washington Union Station is served by eight different train routes that run to and from the north, south and west. If you're headed from Richmond, the traffic on I-95 can be stressful. Skip the car rental or bus ride and opt for train travel with multiple daily departures — Amtrak can get you to Washington, DC, with ease. There are even convenient Amtrak travel options from New York to DC that saves up to 90 minutes of travel each way compared to bus travel.

Washington, DC, Attractions - Union Station

A trip to the famous Union Station is a must for Washington, DC, visitors. Not only is it a stunning place to see, you'll feel the hustle and the bustle that makes the city so vibrant. Why not grab lunch and do a little shopping while you're there? Traveling by train is a great way to get in and out of DC, so be sure to explore the Amtrak transportation options for yourself.

Traveling by train isn'tonly convenient, it's also affordable. Check out these great Amtrak discounts and book today to save:

Visiting Washington, DC, attractions is a memorable experience for couples, families or even the solo traveler. Get the most out of this famous area by visiting a variety of attractions and navigating the city without stress on Amtrak.

Photo credits: Eric Long (White House - Smthsonian Institution); Fernando Revilla (National Zoo Giant Panda - Tai Shan); Ron Cogswell (Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial); Marcin Wichary (International Spy Museum); Rob Shenk (Spirit of Saint Louis); Jason Quinn (Washington Union Station)