We all know that the movers and shakers of the world are located in Washington, D.C., but what is there to do in our nation’s capital? Here, we will look at the historic, artistic, cultural, and athletic attractions in Washington that are fun to explore with friends, grandchildren, or on your own.
There are dozens of art museums and galleries throughout Washington, D.C.. Some of the major public art museums include the National Museum of African Art, Arts and Industries Building, American Art Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery. All of these are part of the Smithsonian Institution. Another major public art museum in the city is the National Gallery of Art. Some of the private museums are the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Phillips Collection.
There are too many history museums of significance in Washington to go into any detail about any one, but we encourage you to follow the links included in this article. The National Archives houses thousands of documents of major importance to American history, such as the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. The Smithsonian Institution also maintains several of the nation’s official history museums, like the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History.
Founded in 1889, the National Zoo is also in the District of Columbia. Their mission is to provide leadership in sustainability, animal care, visitor experience, education, and science. The zoo has 2,000 animals covering 400 species. The major exhibits are the Great Ape House, Amazonia, Think Tank, Giant Panda Habitat, and Asia Trail. As part of the Smithsonian Institution, there is no admission charged.
Washington is home to teams in all four of the major professional sports leagues, including the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards, the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, and Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. College sports are also big in Washington with the Georgetown Hoyas, American Eagles, Howard Bison, and George Washington Colonials all playing NCAA Division I athletics within the city limits.
In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, donated Japanese cherry trees to DC in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between Japan and the US. Today, this gift is celebrated with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival each spring. The Festival includes a large parade featuring music, large and colorful helium balloons, showmanship, marching bands from across the country, and floats. Other events taking part during the Festival are a run, kite festival, fireworks, Japanese Street Festival, and much more.
DC is an intense city. However, locals know where to go to unwind. Mimosa Beauty Salon in Dupont Circle is the perfect place to get a facial. Or, if you want to get your hair done, head to Bang Salon in the U Street Corridor. There are many ways to enjoy a relaxing day.
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