Things to Do in DC

Below are just some of the great things to do in DC during your stay. 

New to DC?

This helpful guide will give you tips about visiting our nation's capital.


The Smithsonian Institution is actually a collection of different museums, all of which are free to the public. Among the more popular museums are the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Air and Space Museum. The I-MAX movies at the Air and Space Museum are a must-see. There is also an theater at the National American History Museum. For both of these attractions, purchase your tickets when you arrive so that you will know about the schedule of shows and can plan your visit. The newest Smithsonian museum is the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Although not part of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art (East and West wings) is another can't miss, free attraction, with one of the world's most extensive collections of modern and classical art. The International Spy Museum (fee charged) is also a popular choice.

If you are interested in visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, timed entry passes are necessary to visit the permanent exhibition and are available in advance online for a $1.00. Each day, the museum distributes on a first–come first–served basis a large but limited number of timed entry passes for use that same day. Demand for these same day passes often exceeds the supply so if this is on your list of things to see, an advance ticket is strongly recommended. The museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, between 14th and 15th streets.


In good weather, visits to the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the FranklinD. Roosevelt Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery are recommended. The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed via Metro from the Pentagon station.  

White House Tours

Tour requests must be made through your Member of Congress.  

Where to Eat

View a list of restaurants near the conference.

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