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Explore Washington DC

Washington, D.C.’s rep is spot on: For history and politics, you can’t get any closer to the action. But what you might not know is its softer side. The city has over 600 parks, and in the spring, you can see the National Mall all decked out in its famous cherry blossoms. Or, stroll through Georgetown—D.C.’s oldest neighbourhood—to find cool shops and restaurants alongside buildings from the 1700s. And while you definitely shouldn’t miss the major monuments and Smithsonian museums, there are plenty of lesser-known landmarks, too. Check out Hillwood Estate (go for the Russian and French art, stay for the 13-acre garden), and the Municipal Fish Market—it’s the oldest in the U.S. and it’s got killer crab cakes. We’ve got more recs where this came from, below.

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Essential Washington DC

The perfect three days in D.C.

What to do on The Mall and beyond
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A long D.C. weekend with two little children

Four nights, two children under 5, one adorable dog, and unlimited family fun.
  • Kimpton Banneker Hotel
    For this go-go-go city trip, we wanted a centrally located crash pad where we could comfortably stash both children. The modern, spacious King Studio Suite at the Kimpton Banneker worked perfectly, with a tucked-away entry alcove for our older son's air mattress and a bathroom for the baby’s pack 'n' play—plus a dog bed and treats.
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
    Zoos have always been a last resort in my parenting arsenal, but even the grinch-iest zoo-goer will be charmed by very adorable (and very famous) giant pandas here. There are lots of incredible other habitats to explore, as well, but the grounds are huge: Bring snacks, pushchairs, and anything else that will help little legs last until lunchtime.
  • Da Hong Pao Restaurant
    At this dim sum parlour, my children were googly-eyed as platter after platter of shrimp- and pork-stuffed creations emerged. The rice noodle rolls were so good that we ordered seconds. And when my younger son grabbed a pork bun and waved it around like a glow stick, the waitstaff seemed nothing but amused—a true indication of family-friendliness.
  • National Air and Space Museum
    My preschooler is an outer-space and transportation obsessive, making the Air & Space museum a must-visit. And although he was tired after a rain-soaked walk down the National Mall to the entrance, he perked up at the sight of the moon and the planets. He also loved the experience of “boarding” a real-life American Airlines plane from the 1950s.

Browse collections

Go beyond the Smithsonian

Lesser-known museums to add to your itinerary

Fam-friendly adventures

Doing D.C. with children? Start here.

Toast the town

Top bars and lounges to grab a drink or two

If you're feeling fancy-ish

Luxury experiences that are totally worth it

Discovering Black history

Museums, tours, and renowned landmarks

D.C. on a dime

Eats and activities that won't break the bank

Must-see monuments

World-famous sights and under-the-radar faves

Head to the water

Cruise, kayak, and more on the Potomac River

Best-kept secrets and hidden gems

If you know, you know

A blast from the past

Take a trip back in time to historic D.C.