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With so much to see, do, learn and experience, making Washington, DC your next group travel destination is a no-brainer.
However, when it comes to planning an itinerary, most visitors have no idea where to start. And who can blame them, in a city with 74 designated National Historic Landmarks, 600 registered listings from the National Register of Historical Places, over 80 museums to explore—all within the 60 square miles of land within city limits.
Feeling overwhelmed? No worries. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular destinations in Washington, DC, just for you.
Officially, the National Mall is the large rectangular green space framed by Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive SW, wedged between the US Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Unofficially, many consider popular attractions like the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the World War II Memorial part of this iconic DC attraction. We recommend comfy walking shoes, an airtight itinerary, a reliable transportation plan, and at least a couple days to make the most of this gorgeous and sprawling national treasure.
Where else can you observe real lawmakers at work, peer into an empty crypt built for George Washington, and gaze up at the murals atop the centuries-old, 96-foot rotunda? It’s no wonder the US Capitol Building is such a popular destination, so believe us when we say you should reserve your tour in advance. To beat the worst of the tourist crowds, plan to tour the US Capitol Building on a weekday in autumn, as close to the 9am opening time as possible.
Taking in all that the 17 Washington, DC Smithsonian museums have to offer is easier said than done, but it’s definitely worth a shot. From the high-flying spectacles of aerospace engineering to the countless art galleries—contemporary, ancient, and otherwise—any selection of the Smithsonian Museums is sure to educate and delight groups of all ages. Just be sure to stop by the visitor center at the Smithsonian Institution Building, aka “The Castle.” That way, your group can prioritize attractions and read up on new and temporary exhibits before plotting your course.
Did you know the world’s current largest library is right here in Washington, DC? A blend of public library and museum of American literature, the Library of Congress holds an estimated 164 million items, including Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 Map of the World: the first document to use the word "America." All exhibits are open to the public—free of charge—so carve out a few hours of your DC itinerary to wander through these massive, marbled halls.
Need an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? Take a trip to this oasis on the Anacostia. This federally reserved greenspace is often overlooked by out-of-towners and locals alike, which makes it a quiet getaway with minimal crowds, even during peak tourist season! With free admission and group tours available, the US National Arboretum is a fantastic destination for field trips and offers a wide range of flora collections that offer breathtaking views year-round.
Whether you’re here to catch a Washington Nationals home game or organizing a private event in any of the stadium’s 20 indoor and outdoor venues, Nationals Park has much to offer for visitors of all kinds, even in the offseason! Beyond your average baseball stadium, this park offers panoramic views of the DC riverfront, the surrounding Navy Yard neighborhood, and iconic landmarks like the US Capitol and the Washington Monument.
Although the Smithsonian National Zoo Park is technically a branch of—you guessed it—the Smithsonian Institute, the park’s unique exhibits, animal encounters, and experiences grant this nationally acclaimed zoo a spot in our Top 10 as a stand-alone destination. Perhaps best known as one of the few stateside zoos that house giant pandas, the National Zoo is also home to over 1,800 animals of over 300 species of wildlife, exotic and domestic. Admission is completely free, no matter how many animal lovers tag along!
Thought-provoking and profound, DC’s Holocaust Museum is one of the most critically acclaimed of its kind. The red-brick building offers visitors 4 floors of artifacts, records, and recorded interviews from the Holocaust, all in a design that evokes the victims’ experiences. This memorial and museum is recommended for visitors 11 years and older, and it takes about 3 hours to tour the entirety of the facility. (Image credit)
This ambitious mixed-use space has dished a lively culture scene to the southwest waterfront since October 2017. From apartments to hotels, offices to entertainment venues, and even a revamped historic Maine Avenue fish market, District Wharf has a little of everything. Catch a concert at The Anthem, an intimate indie venue that’s seen the likes of Florence + The Machine, Miguel, and Janelle Monae. Is wining and dining more your speed? There’s plenty of restaurants to fit the vibe of any get-together, from elegant river views atop the Whiskey Charlie lounge to quick snacks at the local District Doughnut outpost.
No Washington, DC trip is complete without catching a live performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From local musical acts like the National Symphony Orchestra, to off-broadway productions of your favorite plays—Cats, Disney’s Aladdin, and Hamilton, just to name a few—this complex’s 3 massive venues are sure to showcase talent that piques the interest of your DC performing arts patrons.
While it’s difficult to say exactly how many neighborhoods make up Washington DC, one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of things to experience, no matter what piques your interest. From history tours spanning the oldest stretches of the city, to unique, only-in-DC indie storefronts, a unique DC group trip experience awaits around every corner.
Seeking inspiration for your next citywide tour of our nation’s capital? Here are some of the most popular neighborhoods we’ve visited with our clients.
While this neighborhood is often synonymous with lawmakers and well-tailored suits, most out-of-towners are drawn here by the 3 M’s: memorials, monuments, and museums. With the illustrious US Capitol Building, the National Mall, and 11 of the Smithsonian Museums in close vicinity, this district has enough sightseeing opportunities to warrant a multi-day stay. Whether your group decides to nerd out over the Library of Congress’ extended collection of literature or take a weekend to explore Eastern Market’s modern crafts and fare, Capitol Hill is an absolute must-see neighborhood to add to your Washington DC itinerary.
History buffs and culture savants, take note: Georgetown has it all. As one of the oldest established neighborhoods in the city—with the oldest residence in DC, the prestigious Georgetown University, and row upon row of gorgeous Vitcorian buildings—this district is the perfect district for educational tours away from the tourist-riddled monuments and sites. Are modern attractions more your speed? Window-shop your way down M Street’s high-end boutiques, hop a block over for a leisurely stroll along the C&O Canal, or have your driver drop you off curbside to any of the fine dining, cafes, and all-around good eats this neighborhood has to offer.
Take your crew out to the ballgame, watch the ships roll in, and brush up on your maritime history all in one trip around this riverside district! While many are drawn to this neighborhood to catch the Washington Nationals on their home turf—or at least watch the game from one of the area’s many sports bars and beer gardens—your group won’t want to overlook the district’s other noteworthy attractions. From deep-dives into our nation’s naval history at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy to summer concerts at the Yards Park boardwalk, Navy Yard will give your group plenty of reasons to take it easy and enjoy the breeze coming off the Anacostia River.
Exploring Dupont Circle is a mixed bag. On one hand, your group would be remiss to pass up street-level tour of the stately ambassador mansions that line Massachusetts Avenue, aka Embassy Row. One the other hand, a trip through Dupont wouldn’t be complete without a detour that strays from the beaten path. To make the most of your time here, check out the ever-eclectic Kramerbooks & Afterwords—a local favorite indie bookstore and cafe—or catch a show at the infamous DC Improv Comedy Club.
Up-and-coming and anything but boring, Adams Morgan’s youthful and trendy vibe brings the right kind of fun energy your Washington DC tour needs. This district is home to the city’s most diverse spread of immigrant communities, so your tour group should take your time soaking in all the vibrant life and culture. From quick bites at THE LINE DC—a chic hotel and restaurant housed inside a 110-year old church—to a night filled with dancing, concerts, and karaoke throughout the area’s string of clubs and lounges, Adams Morgan is the perfect pick-me-up for a group of lively travelers.
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Charter buses can hold up to 56 people and are the perfect choice for transporting larger groups across long distances. With ample overhead and under-the-seat storage, you can fit up to one carry-on bag and a suitcase for each passenger. Whether you need to travel outside the DC metro area for company outings, college trips, or visits to Virginia Beach, we’ve got your ride covered.
If you aren't in need of a large charter bus, a minibus is the perfect option for you. Minibuses are designed for short-distance trips and local shuttle services, making them the ideal option for conferences, weddings, sports teams, or consistent pickups and drop offs. Although they don't feature the same amenities as the larger charter buses, minibuses have ample space for carry-ons and are quite comfortable for shorter distances.
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