Top 10 Things to do in Washington D.C.

Mon, 2016-01-04 14:15

While you're not at EclipseCon, here is a list of the top 10 attractions to enjoy in Washington D.C.

Note: in the map below, #10 is off the map to the North. You can click on the map for a larger version.

Government Buildings

1. The White House

Take a tour through the United States’ biggest government building. Self guided tours through the East Wing of the White House are around 30 minutes long and can be booked through the U.S. Congressional Office if you are a U.S. Citizen or through your country’s embassy in Washington.

2. The Library of Congress

The largest library in the world. The highlight of this attraction is the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Guided Tours of the Jefferson Building and of the rest of the library are available through the Library’s website.


3. Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington Memorials

The Lincoln Memorial was built following the assassination of the United States’ 16th president Abraham Lincoln. The memorial includes the statue of the president himself as well as murals and inscriptions.

The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943.

The Washington Monument another monument, this one a dedication to the first President, George Washington, but with a rich history. The Washington Monument took 40 years in total to build with multiple delays due mainly to funding. When it was completed in 1884 it was the tallest building in the world.

4. War Memorials

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
World War II Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial


5. The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution comprises 19 museums and a zoo. Visit their website to find the one you want to visit.

6. The Air and Space Museum

Part of the Smithsonian Institution but a favourite among EclipseCon attendees! With thousands of air and space artifacts on display you can explore for hours! Check out their website.


7. National Gallery of Art

Check out one of the gallery’s many exhibits, the sculpture garden, or skate on the outdoor ice rink (weather permitting).


8. The National Mall

The National Mall is a stretch of land between the White House and the Washington Monument. It is a pedestrian zone filled with monuments, memorials, and museums. Find out more on their website.

9. United States Botanic Garden

A museum for living plants. The Botanic Garden contains countless numbers of plant species with opportunities for learning and exploration. More information can be found on their website.

10. Washington National Cathedral

Construction on this cathedral began in 1907. It has been the location of almost all of the U.S. Presidents’ memorials and funerals as well as being the location for many of the presidential inaugural prayer services. This 83,000 sq ft limestone building is full of U.S. history.

Getting to D.C.

Reston is 22 miles from the District, of Columbia, a 30-minute drive in light traffic. You can also take the Metro. The Metro station closest to the hotel is Wiehe-Reston East, 1.6 miles from the Hyatt. To reach the station by bus, take the Fairfax Connector bus, route 505, which leaves Reston Town Center every 30 minutes ($1.75). The bus stop is one block south of the Hyatt on Bluemont Way, the street on the east side of the Hyatt Garage.