Things to See & Places to Go

Whether you are visiting, hosting visitors, or looking for a break from the books, it's difficult to run out of things to do in Washington, DC. Situated in the heart of  the city, GW is in close proximity to most of the capital's world famous museums and monuments and the city's other rich cultural attractions.

Below are just some of the many possibilities for exploration, entertainment, adventure, and fun.   Most museums in DC are free and many other attractions offer student discounts.

Traditional Travel and Tourism Sites

Cultural Tourism DC “A nonprofit coalition linking you to Washington’s heritage and arts.”   Includes a special section, African American Heritage Trail. Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC, run by the District government.


The Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum  

National Museum of American History

Anacostia Community Museum

Dimock Gallery

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Luther W. Brady Art Gallery

National Museum of African Art

National Gallery of Art

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Women In Arts

Professional Sports 

DC United: Washington's soccer club plays at RFK stadium.

Washington Nationals: DC has its own MLB team again!

Washington Capitals: DC's NHL team plays at Verizon Center.

Washington Wizards: DC's NBA team plays at Verizon Center.  

Baltimore Orioles Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a quick train ride from Washington's Union Station.


There are many movie theaters in the DC area, but two standouts are worth a special trip:

Enjoy first-run films and classics within walking distance or a short ride on the Metro to the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

The Uptown Theater is the last movie palace in Washington, DC still showing first-run films.

The Great Outdoors

Washington is famous for its parks and trails. Here are a few favorites:

Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park (U.S. National Park Service)
A charming, eclectic park with a rich history in the middle of Washington, DC

Rock Creek Park (U.S. National Park Service)
One of the largest urban parks in the country, it's a great place to go walking, jogging, or rollerblading.

Dumbarton Oaks
Located just above the Georgetown neighborhood, this wooded park makes a wonderful escape.

Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens was founded by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post in upper N.W.

C & O Canal National Historical Park passes through Georgetown from the Washington harbor to Maryland.

Great Falls Park (U.S. National Park Service)
Located on the Potomac River (on both the Maryland and Virginia sides), minutes away by car from the GW campus.


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Ford's Theatre 

The Shakespeare Theatre Company

The National Theatre 

Arena Stage

Studio Theatre

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Signature Theatre 


Spotlight Item: Malcolm X  -  Meridian Hill Park , Columbia Heights, D.C.

Malcolm X - Meridian Hill Park , Columbia Heights, D.C.

For decades now, every Sunday when the weather is nice, this National Park Service park is host to a popular drum circle. The University's first campus was located at this same spot and it's where the Law School first held its classes.

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