Shining bright as a beacon of democracy around the world, the nation's capital offers an unbeatable collection of soaring monuments amid a vibrant modern-day metropolis. Free museums like the Smithsonian and world-famous attractions for art, science, and history make it the perfect day-trip destination with the kids. Stroll along the National Mall, visit the White House, or walk the charming streets of Georgetown for upscale shopping and gourmet dining.
many attractions are free
open year round
View exciting American history
Visit museums and cultural institutions
Shopping, dining, and entertainment
Walk the National Mall
See iconic monuments up close
John F. Kennedy Center
This is one of the premier entertainment complexes in the country where guests can catch every kind of performance from ballet, jazz, opera, classical, and special events like the Kennedy Center Honors.
This spectacular seat of government is home to the US Congress. The Capitol is open to the public from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday. Guided tours are free but passes are required. One of the highlights is a visit to the Capitol Rotunda that is described as the "heart and soul" of the building.
How do you get to Washington, DC from Annapolis?
It is only about 30 miles between these two cities, and driving should take no more than 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic along Route 50.
What can you do with kids?
Our nation's capital is a very family-friendly city and offers a wide variety of educational and entertaining attractions, many of them that charge no admission. A few highlights include the National Zoo, Children's Museum, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, and Discovery Theater.