There is so much to see in our Nation's Capital.  We are planning a tour to see some of DC historic sites but of course there is not enough time to visit them all.  So here are a few suggestions you may want to visit on your own to the extent they are not included within the planned tour.

(l-r) Supreme Court, Capitol, White House
(l-r) Supreme Court, Capitol, White House
The Three Houses of Government are key places to visit when sightseeing in Washington, DC. Visitors from around the world come to Washington DC and hope to visit the most famous house of government, The White House (free entry). The US Capitol (free entry) is a symbol of the American people and their government, the meeting place of the nation's legislature. The US Supreme Court (free entry) is the highest judicial authority in the US that decides whether actions of Congress, the President, the states and the lower courts follow the principles of the Constitution.

MLK Memorial
MLK Memorial

Spend an inspiring moment at Freedom Plaza across the street from the Willard InterContinental Washington,  where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Then head over to the Lincoln Memorial (free entry) to stand where he delivered it. After that, visit the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (free entry) on the Tidal Basin. The memorial features a statue of the famous civil rights leader flanked by a wall featuring inscriptions of some of Dr. King's most famous quotes.


African American Civil War Memorial
African American Civil War Memorial
Stroll through the U Street Corridor to reflect on yesterday's "Black Broadway" and see venues like the Lincoln Theatre and Bohemian Caverns which played host to musical performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more. While you're there, stop by the African American Civil War Memorial (free entry).  Have breakfast at Busboys & Poets - named for Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel (now Marriott Wardman Park) in DC before gaining recognition as a poet, or lunch at the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl.

CEDAR HILL (Home of the fame abolitionist Frederick Douglass)
(free entry; small booking fee)

(free entry)                                                                     (free entry; some exhibits require reservations)

MUSEUM (free entry)                                               (free entry)


JEFFERSON MEMORIAL                                          VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL
(free entry)                                                                      (free entry)

WORLD WAR II MONUMENT                                  NEWSEUM
(free entry)                                                                      (free entry)

(free entry)                                                             The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
Museum of African American History                     Tanger Outlets
and Culture (opening in 2016)                                   Crystal City Underground Shopping (attached to
                                                                                     Crystal Gateway Marriott)

SPORTS                                                                     TRANSPORTATION

Washington Nationals (MLB)                                      DC Metro Subway
Washington Mystics (WNBA)                                      Capital Bikeshare
Baltimore Orioles (MLB)

GUIDED TOURS                                                        CASINOS
DC City Segway & Bike Tours                                     Maryland Live!
Trolley Tours                                                            Horseshoe
DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour                                           MGM Casino (opening in 2016)