A 3-Day Travel Guide to Washington, D.C

Great group activities for those visiting the nation's capital.

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Administrations come and go, but the allure of our nation's capital is eternal. Indeed, it would be a crime for any traveler passing through to not set aside some personal time to explore. For all things District-related, your best one-stop online source is at Destination DC.

The Ultimate Guide to Washington, D.C.

Day 1: Shows, Shops and Seafood

11:00 A.M.

One of D.C.'s many must-do's is a visit to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (pictured above). The venue's first major expansion, called The Reach, is now under construction on landscaped grounds along the Potomac River and will provide 10 new spaces for the arts and interactive experiences. The expansion opens to the public on Sept. 7 with a free 16-day festival. 

2:00 P.M.

Head to the Southwest Waterfront district to spend a few pleasant hours at The Wharf, a colorful mixed-use development that opened in October 2017 and now is working on Phase II (to debut in 2022). Catch a rock act at The Anthem, a bite at Hank's Oyster Bar and general fun at the Recreation Pier

6:00 P.M.      

For locally sourced, delicious seafood, make reservations for A Rake's Progress at the Line DC hotel, housed inside a 110-year-old church in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Day 2: Spies and a Speakeasy

10:00 A.M.                    

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One of the city's most popular attractions, the International Spy Museum (left), has relocated to L'Enfant Plaza and is twice the size of its former self, brimming with exhibits ranging from clandestine World War II listening devices to an interactive station that lets you create your own covert "cover" identity. 

3:00 P.M.

The 209-room Eaton DC is more than just a place to stay -- it's an "interdisciplinary hotel experience for travelers seeking inspiration, innovation and impact," and they're not kidding. Here you'll find a wellness center offering alternative treatments like reiki and sound baths, a radio/podcasting studio, a 50-person movie theater, the Kintsugi coffee shop, the American Son restaurant from famed chef Tim Ma and more. But what's behind this seemingly innocent-looking library wall? Aha -- it's the Allegory, a speakeasy-style bar perfect for a late-afternoon quaff after hoofing it around the District. 

Day 3: Ancient Bones, Moon Rocks and Latin Beats

11:00 A.M.

This past June, the revamped 31,000-square-foot David H. Koch Hall of Fossils reopened at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and, no bones about it, the place is a marvel to behold. Currently showing is "Deep Time," a massive exhibit covering how Earth's history has played out over billions of years, as evidenced by some 700 fossil specimens -- from ancient insects to towering dinosaurs and more. 

2:00 P.M.

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All year long the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, including a display of Neil Armstrong's space suit for the first time in 13 years. It's a chance to relive one of the most inspiring events in history. 

6:00 P.M.

Celebrate all things Latin at La Cosecha, a new 20,000-square-foot market, food hall and cultural exhibition space opening this fall, two blocks from Union Market in the NoMa neighborhood. Here you'll find a mix of entrepreneurs, artisans and chefs all gathered to spotlight D.C.'s lively resident and international Latin communities.