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History in Washington, DC

The nation's capital is a gateway to history.

From the free Smithsonian museums and majestic monuments on the National Mall, to the cobblestone streets of Georgetown, to landmarks like Ford's Theatre and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC allows you to take a voyage through time.


Tour the Library of Congress or the White House. See a show at a legendary venue like the Kennedy Center or Howard Theatre. Stay in the lap of luxury at a historic hotel. Only in DC can you have all these experiences in the same place.

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All Historical Things to Do

Explore all the historical things to do in Washington, DC

Free historic sites and heritage experiences in Washington, DC - Morning at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall

Free Things to Do: History & Heritage in Washington, DC

Pay tribute to American history and heritage at these memorials, museums and more in the nation’s capital.

Popular Historical Events

Historic Homes Everyone Should Visit

Washington, DC's Deep-Rooted History

Visiting the Washington National Cathedral

With its neo-Gothic architecture, medieval-style garden and eerie ga...

Visiting the Library of Congress in Washington, DC

The largest library in the world makes for a fascinating historical ...

Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC

History, science, art and culture come alive at these free DC museum...

Washington Monument

Built to honor George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Cont...

Discover Historic Georgetown

The perfect intersection of historic charm and upscale modernity hap...

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution ...

The Rich Political History of Washington, DC

Go Inside the White House

Everything you need to know about planning a visit to the country’s ...

The 1828 National Capitol Columns

The permanent installation at the U.S. National Arboretum features 2...

6 Historic Demonstrations That Took Place in DC

The nation’s capital has hosted some of the most influential protest...

Watergate Steps from 1932

Few people know the first Watergate wasn’t the hotel where a preside...

Stay at the Famous Watergate Hotel

Its glamorous reputation was eclipsed with political scandal on June...

History Through the Arts & Theatres of DC

The Unique History of DC's U Street Neighborhood

The District's U Street Corridor is a lively center of art, culture ...

Howard Theatre

This historic theater offers a one-of-a-kind experience with an inti...

Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

Your guide to a visit with the greatest icons in American history as...

Ford's Theatre

A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum, and lear...

The Phillips Collection

America’s first museum of modern art, was opened in 1921 in historic...

Visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Experience some of the most vital art in the world at this renowned ...

An Intro to Go-Go Music in Washington, DC

The official music of the city has a fascinating history

9 Historic Hotels in Washington, DC

The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC - Historic hotel in Washington, DC

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Washington, DC is a dream vacation for a history buff. So much of the country’s (and the world’s) past is housed within DC’s museums, and its monuments and memorials represent important historical figures and occurrences. Supplement your educational experience by staying at a notable DC hotel that has a history of its own.



Historic DC Hotel Bars with Character & Cocktails


In its more than 200-year history, DC has been home to hotels from humble 18th-century rooming houses to grand 19th-century overnighters. Raising a cold glass of something at a historic hotel bar is a time-honored tradition, and it’ll land you both in good company and in atmospheric surroundings.



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