Off Beaten Path Attractions in Washington DC

Want to experience Washington the way the locals do? Carve some time out of your itinerary to visit the more out-of-the-way areas and attractions in DC. Some of the bests parts of a vacation can be found in the most unusual places, and nothing beats the feeling of "discovering" something of which only those truly in the know are aware. And since today's hidden gem might be tomorrow's common attraction, be sure to revisit this section often, and make sure you're constantly in the know. Spend some time in Petworth, or a bit outside the city limits in Silver Spring, Maryland. Check out Logan Circle, which is fast becoming as interesting as its neighbor, Dupont Circle (but is a lot less crowded). Or head south of the river to Arlington, where many of DC's young professionals live and hang out.

Jefferson Memorial

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Washington D.C., District of Columbia
On Ohio Dr. SW, at the south shore of the Tidal Basin, in West Potomac Park

No visit to the Mall is complete without stopping by this monument to one of the country's best-known presidents... read more

Washington DC Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise... read more

Maine Avenue Fish Market

1100 Maine Ave SW

The best market you didn't know about, right in Capitol Hill... read more

The House Where Lincoln Died (the Petersen House)

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516 10th St. NW

Where Lincoln died... read more

Madame Tussauds Washington DC

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1025 F St. NW

Attraction... read more

Oatlands Plantation

20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane
on U.S. 15, 6 miles south of Leesburg

Dodona Manor Home of George C. Marshall

212 E. Market St
near east end of Loudon St

Chester Zoo

Baltimore National Aquarium and City Tour

All-day Tour... read more

Washington DC Brunch Cruise

Luncheon Cruise... read more

2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

All-day Tour... read more

Washington DC Spy Tour

Historical Tour... read more

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

575 7th St. NW
At E St

The White House Visitor Center

1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
In the Department of Commerce Building, between 14th and 15th Sts

Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

Terrapin Adventures

8600 Foundry Street

Unique outdoor adventures... read more

Bridge Street Books

2814 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Next to the Four Seasons Hotel

This is not your average bookshop - come here for rare works on poetry and politics... read more

Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St. NW

Restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market, gathering place... read more

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

1550 Anacostia Avenue

Part of Anacostia Park... read more

Eisenhower Executive Office Building

17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

The office of the vice president is housed in this gorgeous downtown building... read more
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