Area Attractions

We invite you to enjoy the lovely fall weather as you stroll outside to shop or dine at Bethesda Row or Rockville Town Center.   For an indoor shopping and dining experience, try Mazza Gallerie or Montgomery Mall.

Make sure to plan a little extra time during your visit and check out some of these top things to do in the area. Nearby Metrorail access leads to Washington, DC’s monuments, museums, wonderful restaurants, vibrant cultural activities and historic attractions. Popular attractions include:

  • National Zoo: Covering more than 160 acres, the zoo is easily accessible by Metrorail. Bei Bei, the zoo’s newest panda, is a very popular stop!
  • The Mall: Visited by more than 25 million people annually, this National Park contains the World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and Thomas Jefferson Memorial, plus more than 65 lesser known monuments and memorials.
  • National Air and Space Museum: This popular tourist attraction has something for everyone with a wide array of permanent and rotating exhibits. Don’t miss the rock from the Moon on display for visitors to touch!
  • White House: If you want a tour of the grounds and state rooms, you’ll need to call your Congressional representative months in advance to help you secure a tour reservation. Advanced security and background checks are required.
  • Kennedy Center: Home to the National Symphony Orchestra, National Opera & Ballet and many touring artists, we encourage you to check to see what performances are available during your stay.
  • American History Museum: Beginning September 15, 2016, a new exhibit, Science Under Glass,” is scheduled to open. The unique properties of glass—impermeability, durability, transparency and malleability—make it an essential material in the laboratory. An examination of the collection of scientific glassware, from the 1770s to the 1970s, reveals the underlying story of the growth of laboratory science in America, from an individual and isolated pursuit to a familiar and fundamental activity in educational, medical and research institutions throughout the country.

Seen and done all the monuments and museums? Try venturing off the beaten path and discover these hidden gems: