The Tidal Basin
Part of West Potomac Park, the Tidal Basin links the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial and George Mason Memorial. It’s a particularly beautiful walk in the spring, where visitors can immerse themselves in cherry blossoms if their trips to DC have good timing.
Top of the Old Post Office Pavilion
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Take a trip to the top of this lesser-known landmark and get a fantastic view of the city from all angles. The Old Post Office Pavilion even has pictorial guides to what you’re seeing, which is a perfect way to make visitors feel like they know the city!
The National Mall
Stretching between the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building, the national mall is a great way to see all the big hits in DC at once. Smithsonian museums line the edges, so it’s a very popular spot for visitors. You might even see some congressional staffers playing intramural sports, run into a rally, or catch a free flick in the summer time.
This is the most prominent building in all of DC, and it’s a great way to see the city. Admission is free, but requires a ticket, which you can pick up from the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street at 8:30am on the day you want to go.
Kayaking in the Potomac River
The perspective from the water is different than anywhere else in the city. Kayak past the Kennedy Center, Watergate, Lincoln Memorial and more.