While you certainly can’t avoid it, our nation’s capital is about more than just politics. There are plenty of things to do in Washington DC that don’t involve the government — though visiting the White House and learning more about how it all works is something you have to do once. Throngs of tour groups from all over the world flock to DC to visit the renowned museums and other iconic landmarks, but beyond that there are dozens of exciting attractions and other destinations to check out.
DC is a manageable size, with easy access to other top destinations in the region. The National Mall is walkable and chock full of museums. The National Zoo is one of the top zoos to visit (and it’s free!). In addition to renowned art museums and galleries, you can enjoy a range of theater and musical performances. DC even has plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and biking. And of course, when you’re done exploring, DC has an epic assortment of amazing restaurants and top notch bars to refuel and unwind.