.Washington D.C. is a popular destination for groups. Most visit our capital to see the White House, monuments, or Arlington Cemetery. However, Washington D.C. boasts some hidden gems as well! As you plan your trip, here are the must-dos for groups in Washington D.C.

National Museum of American History

This Smithsonian is dedicated to the preservation and heritage of American History. View the original Star-Spangled Banner- the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem. Explore the integral role of women in our nation’s history or delve into our unique religious heritage from colonial days to the present.

National Museum of Natural History

Feast your eyes on the largest blue diamond in the world or explore ancient Egypt (even the remains of a mummified cat!) The National Museum of Natural History is a treasure trove of must-sees.

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. documents the incredible history of flight and aviation, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia. Don’t forget to rocket over to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for a close-up of the Space Shuttle Discovery!

International Spy Museum

Make it your mission to get to the International Spy Museum, an astounding collection of espionage artifacts that would make Maxwell Smart jealous! Jaw-dropping stories, interactive exhibits and interviews with real spies- awesome!

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The Newseum

The Newseum is a high-tech, interactive museum highlighting the past, present and history of journalism. It’s a “must-see” in a city of great attractions. Celebrate the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans under the First Amendment.

The Holocaust Museum

The Holocaust Museum is America’s official memorial to the Holocaust. It’s an extraordinary learning experience for anyone who enters.  Visitors explore the powerful stories of both the victims and survivors. They’ll also learn about the systematic persecution and murder of more than 6 million Jews.

Reservations are required so be sure to contact the museum before visiting.

The Washington National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral is an opportunity to explore a masterpiece of architecture in this active Episcopal Church “for all people.” Look closely- a piece of the lunar surface is housed in one of the stained-glass windows (known as the “Space Window“).

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The National Archives

The National Archives is a great chance to study how the actions of the Federal Government are based in our Constitution. Participants take on the roles of archivists and researchers completing a very important assignment: providing the President of the United States with real-life examples of our Constitution in action.

The Monuments

No trip to Washington D.C. is complete without a visit to these monuments to freedom and sacrifice. Stops at the WWII Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, F.D.R. Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial are must-dos in Washington D.C.  They are powerful reminders of those who gave all for every American.

Arlington Cemetery

A stop at Arlington Cemetery allows you to witness the Changing of the Guard, visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and the Lee Mansion and pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown. It’s a somber and incredibly moving experience for visitors.

Ford’s Theatre

Step back in time and experience history at Ford’s Theatre – the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Tours, educational programs and even live theatre are available in this historic venue.

House of the Temple

Here’s a hidden gem in Washington D.C.!

The Masonic House of the Temple offers a glimpse into the secret world of the masons. The building, completed in 1915, is an adaptation of one of the Seven Wonders of

the Ancient World.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Guided tours are available at this home of famous abolitionist and reformer, Frederick Douglass. Catch a glimpse of the statesman’s life and legacy.

Fort Reno Park

Civil war buffs will love this spot, part of the Rock Creek Park and the site of the only civil war battle to take place in Washington D.C. As Rock Creek is a national park, it’s a quiet escape from the bustle of the city amid majestic scenery. Ranger-led tours are available.

Very few destinations have as much to offer your group as our nation’s capital.  As you plan your trip, include these must-dos in Washington D.C.  Time to get packing!