Georgetown (one mile)
The historic neighborhood surrounding Georgetown University is one of Washington D.C.’s most sought after addresses due its thriving shopping, dining, nightline, and Potomac River view. The heart of Georgetown is at the intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and stretches about one mile in all directions. Georgetown features endless entertainment options, including ‘The Waterfront’ bars and restaurants along the scenic Potomac River, and popular stores including Ralph Lauren, BCBG, Anthropologie, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Betsey Johnson, and many more.
The National Mall at the Washington Monument (2 blocks)
Encompasses about 5 city blocks only a quick walk from AKA White House. The National Mall is an open area park open to the public that backs up to one of the most recognizable monuments in the world, the Washington Monument. Admission to the monument is free; however the line can be long in summer months, so arrive early.
The National Zoo (2 miles)
Open year round (except December 25th) with free admission. The National Zoo is a sprawling 163 acre outdoor park with stone pathways leading from such exhibits as the famous Giant Pandas to the reptile house. As with most outdoor activities, the zoo can be crowded in nice weather, so arrive early.
The Smithsonian Institute (3 blocks)
Surrounding the National Mall are nineteen of the world’s most famous museums, including the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum and the fascinating Air and Space Museum to name a few. It’s impossible to see it all in one day, so pick one or two to spend a few hours exploring, then enjoy lunch outside on the National Mall.
The United States Capitol Building (2 miles)
The meeting place of the Senate and the House of Representatives for over 200 years, the U.S. Capitol is a symbol of the U.S. government. Tours of the building are free, however advanced reservations are required. Tours can be booked online through www.visitthecapitol.gov, or through one’s state representative or senator.
The White House (2 blocks)
Located two blocks from AKA White House, the White House has been the official residence of the President for over 200 years. Visitors of the nation’s capital may tour this historic landmark in organized groups of ten or more, and requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress.