The Capital Yacht Club is located on the Washington Channel, just 95 miles north on the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay, in the Nation’s Capital. The Potomac is one of the most historic and beautiful rivers in the United States.
In May each year, over 2,500 pairs of Great Blue Herons leave their nests at Nanjemoy Creek to fill the skies over the Potomac. There are many good marinas and sheltered anchorages along the way for those who want to spend an extra day or two en route to Washington.
Museums and Galleries
The world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution, makes a great effort to carryout its goal of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” as envisioned by its English born benefactor, James Smithson. With 14 museums and the National Zoological Park, the Smithsonian has something for every visitor’s interest. The museums are open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10:00am to 5:30pm, with some extended hours during the summer months.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
The Sackler Gallery came into being after a donation of more than 1,000 works of Asian and Near Asian art donated by Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, a New York psychiatrist and medical publisher. Objects on display span the ages from 3,000 B.C. to the twentieth century. The Gallery shares a library and sponsors a variety of public programs with the Freer Gallery which is located next door.
Arts and Industries Building
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
The Arts and Industries Building will whisk you back more than 100 years to the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876. The four exhibit halls display a wonderful collection of Victorian Whimsy and many steam motors showing the achievements of technology a century ago. The experimental Gallery provides changing exhibits geared towards children and their perceptions of the world they live in.
The Smithsonian Institution Building “The Castle”
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
The Smithsonian Institution Building, more commonly known as “The Castle”, is the Smithsonian’s original building. Designed by architect James Renwick, the Castle opened to the public in 1855. Today it houses the Smithsonian Information Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, and Administrative offices. You may obtain information about the Smithsonian exhibits from printed material, the knowledgeable volunteers, or the interactive screens located throughout the building.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
17th Street and New York Avenue, NW
Originally hosed in what is now the Renwick Gallery, the Corcoran collection moved to its larger building in 1897. Its collection of American and European paintings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts is considered to be one of the finest in the country.
Freer Gallery of Art
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
One of the most overlooked museums on the National Mall, this quiet and serene museum was reopened in 1994 after a four and a half year renovation. Its collection of American and Asian art was given to the Smithsonian in 1905 with the stipulation that it never be sold, moved or added to. In 1923 the museum was opened as the first Smithsonian museum dedicated to the fine arts.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 8th Street, SW
The museum opened with more than 6,000 pieces of twentieth-century and late nineteenth-century paintings and sculpture donated by financier Joseph Hirshhorn. Since opening in 1974, the museum’s collection has more than doubled through Mr. Hirshhorn’s bequest. The building’s interesting doughnut shape allows for maximum layout of this impressive collection.
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue at 6th Street, SW
This museum was opened in 1976 and has become the world’s most visited museum, with more than 9 million visitors annually. The 23 galleries focus on different aspects of air and space travel. Kids and adults alike flock to the museum to view the many rockets and planes that have been an important part of aviation history.
International Spy Museum
800 F Street, NW
This exciting new museum is fast becoming on of Washington’s favorite sites. This museum offers an education in espionage and the role it has played in shaping world events throughout history. Tickets are purchased at the museum.
National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW In 1931, shrewd financier Andrew Mellon paid $6 million to the cash-strapped Soviet government and they surrendered pieces including Raphael’s The Alba Madonna, Botticelli’s Adoration of the Magi, Da Vinci’s Ginevra Dé Benci, Matisse’s Woman Seated in a Armchair and nine Rembrandts. These form the cornerstone of the collections of the West Building. The well-known architect, I.M. Pei, designed the severely angular East Building that houses modern and contemporary work of the National Gallery of Art. It has expanded to fill more than 100 galleries with an assemblage of artworks highlighted by European paintings.
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
The museum became a part of the Smithsonian in 1979, and moved into its present location in 1987. The museum allows visitors to take a peek at just a portion of its grand collection of more than 6,000 pieces of African art. In addition to exhibition facilities the museum is also equipped with public education rooms for classes, workshops, an art research library, and the Eliot Elisofon Archives of photographs and slides.
National Museum of American Art
800 G Street, NW
The old Patent Office Building is the location shared by the Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery. The American Art collection predates the Smithsonian by almost 30 years and is the oldest Federal art collection in the United States. The museum has a collection of more than 34,000 pieces of primarily American art that is shown throughout the historic building. The building has served as barracks, hospital and morgue during the Civil War. It served as the reception hall for Lincoln’s second inaugural as well.
National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue at 13th Street, NW
The NMAH is the official repository of the American people and their accomplishments in science, technology, politics, home life, armed forces and communication. From coins to First Ladies’ gowns, the Museum of American History houses a collection as eclectic as the American people themselves.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
The only museum devoted to the achievements of women in visual and performing arts, the National Museum of Women in the Arts presents an extensive permanent collection featuring works by more then 500 prominent female artists from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Camille Claudee.
National Museum of National History
Constitution Avenue at 10th Street, NW
This impressive gold domed building houses a collection worth getting lost in. The museum itself is going through periodic remodeling to bring its collections up to date. Of note is the remodeled Gem Exhibit where the Hope Diamond is the focal point and the state-of-th-art IMAX theater. Kids and grown-ups enjoy the Insect Zoo where you can actually handle some of the insects – even the giant cockroaches – ewwww!
National Portrait Gallery
801 F Street, NW
Known as the nation’s official picture album, this gallery presents the photographs, paintings, sculpture, and drawings of some of the best-known faces in American history and some of the lest-known ones as well.
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
As one of the newest members of the Smithsonian family, this museum was developed and operated in conjunction with the United States Postal Service. The museum occupies space in the renovated City Post Office Building. The building is a wonderful example of Beaux Arts architecture and was designed by noted architect Daniel Burnham who also designed Union Station next door. It may be dry sounding but it is not. There are some excellent learning exhibits about the beginnings of the postal service and its evolution into the organization it is today.
National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Avenue at 4th Street, SW
The National Museum of the American Indian is a permanent home to the nation’s collection of Native American historical artifacts. Visitors can explore the rich backgrounds of America’s first inhabitants.
National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
If you like zoos, you will love the National Zoo. With over 160 acres originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, you can find more then 500 species of animals that live comfortably in this well laid out park. While meandering through the park, make a special effort to pass through the Amazonia building. You will enjoy stepping into a realistic recreation of an Amazonian rain forest and learning about the flora and fauna that make it their home.
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street, NW
The Phillips Collection includes art that is modern no longer, such as impressionist paintings by the likes of Degas and Renoir, but now there are landmark twentieth-century American works by O’Keeffe, de Kooning and Diebenkorn among others.
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, NW
The Renwick serves as the National Museum of American Art’s departments of American crafts, decorative arts and designs. It was originally constructed in 1859 to house the collection of William Wilson Corcoran. After service as a post for the military during the Civil War, the Corcoran Collection outgrew the Renwick building in 1807, and moved to its present location just three blocks away. The U.S. Court of Claims took possession of the building and used it for the next 65 years. Today it houses changing exhibits of American crafts and design and stands as a beautiful example of French Second Empire architecture.
2320 S Street, NW
Founded in 1925, the Textile Museum, located in an elegant residential neighborhood, has a collection of more than 14,500 woven pieces of artistic and archaeological significance. In Spring, the museum’s small formal garden greets visitors with the blooms of wisteria and the scent of boxwood.
The National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Among the District’s many architectural landmarks is The National Building Museum, dedicated to exploring the who, what, where, why and how of American architecture and building. Built in 1887, the massive edifice is itself a marvel of engineering, with 72 ground-floor Doric-style columns, 72 second-gloor Ionic-style columns, and 15-story Great Hall, exterior friezes and 234 busts in niches high above the center court. It’s a focal point for those who want to learn about America’s architecture, urban planning, construction, engineering and design.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
The permanent exhibition The Holocaust is the Museum’s main exhibition and spans three floors. It presents a comprehensive history of the Holocaust through artifacts, photographs, fils, oral histories, and filed eyewitness testimonies. Since this is a self-guided tour, timed-entry passes are required. TIMED PASSES are necessary for visiting the permanent exhibition The Holocaust and can be obtained at the Museum on the day of your visit or in advance by calling tickets.com at 800.400.9373. Each day, the Museum distributes (on a 1st come, 1st served basis) a large but limited number of timed entry passes for the use that same day. Sights
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
14th and C Street, SW
This is where it all begins. View the process by which the American dollar becomes currency – more than $285 billion of it each year. Tours reveal the entire printing process and the visitor center takes you through the history of money. The Bureau also prints postage stamps, Treasury bonds and the White House invitations.
C & O Canal National Historical Park
The shores of the Chesapeake Bay and Ohio Canal comprise 184 miles of wilderness. With its wildflowers, willows, towering ancient oaks and giant sycamores, the C & O Canal National Historical Park is a treasured urban oasis. You can hike, jog, picnic or stroll along the shore.
Library of Congress
Independence Avenue and First Street, SE
Containing more than 119 million items, the nation’s library is also the world’s largest library. The collection includes more than 1 million books in all languages, maps and atlases dating back to the middle of the fifteenth century, George Washington’s letters, 12 million prints and photographs, and even the contents of Lincoln’s pockets the night he was shot.
The Old Post Office Pavilion
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
This magnificent Romanesque-Revival palace, built in 1899, has been beautifully restored and now houses federal offices and public space, including restaurants, shops and boutiques. The building also sports a 315-feet clock tower where a glass elevator takes you to the top for a spectacular 360-degree view of the Washington, DC.
Constitution Avenue at First Street, NE
The Court hears approximately 100 to 175 cases a year, and visitors are welcome to hear a case being argued. When in session, the Supreme Court is generally scheduled to hear up to three arguments a day, three days a week. Limited seating is on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
United State Capitol
The prominence of the Capitol Building is evidenced in the building restriction codes that were enforced early on. Housed here are the Senate and House Galleries as well as the grand Rotunda. Nine U.S. presidents have lain in state here under the 180 foot dome of the nation’s most recongnized and most important edifice. With its immense oil paintings adorning the circular walls of the rotunda and a fresco by Constantino Brumidi inside the dome itself, the Capitol is also very beautiful. Its Statuary Hall and Hall of Columns are filled with bronze and marble statues.
Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW
The sixth largest English Gothic cathedral in the world was completed in September 1990, using 14th century techniques of stone carving. Marvel at the intricate stained glass windows or find a interesting gargoyle. On March 31, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached his last Sunday sermon at the Cathedral. A memorial service for King was held in the Cathedral five days later. The building is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
The White House has been home to every US president except George Washington and is a repository for the art and furnishings of first families throughout US history.
Ford’s Theater and the Peterson House
511 10th Street, NW and 516 10th Street, NW
President Lincoln was fatally shot here in 1865. The National Park Service has taken great care to preserve the theater and the Peterson House, directly across the street, where the President was pronounced dead.
Arlington National Cemetery
The final resting place for President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mercury astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, prize fighter Joe Louis, and thousands of soldiers from every major U.S. war and conflict. Arlington House, former home of Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and the Tomb of the Unknowns are located on the hallowed 612 acres.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
This memorial honors not only the nation’s 32nd president, but also a generation of Americans. There are statues of the president and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Other sculptures bring an ear to life: FDR waves from an open car during his first inaugural parade, and three sculptures, called Despair, Hunger and Hope, evoke the trying times of the Great Depression.
West Potomac Park on the banks of the Tidal Basin
A beautiful columned rotunda, this memorial honors the nation’s third president, brilliant statesman, author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia. Unable to find a site that conformed to L’Enfant’s plan for the capital, city planners created one by reclaiming land from the Potomac River, land that would become known as the Tidal Basin. A 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson stands beneath the rotunda, which is inscribed with inspiring passages from his writings.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
0 West end of the National Mall in front of Lincoln Memorial
One of Washington’s newer landmarks, the Korean War Memorial honors Americans who served in that conflict. The 2.2 acre site, adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool, features sculptured rows of 19 soldiers and a 164-foot mural etched with photo images.
West of the National Mall Abraham Lincoln appears to be looking contemplatively over the broad expanse of the Mall from this neoclassical structure reminiscent of the Parthenon. The Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural addresses are inscribed on the limestone walls that flank the statue. Some six million visitors a year ascend the marble steps to read Lincoln’s immortal words, to admire the two 60-foot murals that grace the edifice’s north and south walls, and to catch the breathtaking view that includes the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the Reflecting Pool stretching toward the Washington Monument and the Capitol beyond.
Marine Corps Memorial
Arlington, VA north of Arlington Cemetery
More commonly known as the Iwo Jima Statue, this is the world’s largest bronze statue. It depicts the American flag being raised on Mount Surbachi during the Pacific campaign of World War II.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 E Street, NW
A beautifully landscaped park bordered by two tree-lined pathways of remembrance honors the nation’s 700,000 active law enforcement officers and more the 15,500 of their fallen comrades. At the pathway entrances, there are statues depicting an adult lion guarding its cubs, symbolizing the protective role of these courageous public servants.
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
When if first opened in 1907, Union Station was the largest train station in the world. This magnificent neoclassic structure, with its graceful 50-foot Constantinian arches, marble walls and floors, and hand stenciled skylight ceiling, was extensively restored in the late 1980’s. Today, it is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment complex, kin addition to being a busy commuter center.
U.S. Navy Memorial
Pennsylvania Avenue at 7th Street, NW
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy Pennsylvania Avenue corridor stands the lone sailor overlooking the world at the U.S. Navy Memorial. This memorial to the United States Navy serves as a place to reminisce and ponder the personal stories of the men and women of the U.S. Navy.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Women in Vietnam Memorial
Constitution at 21st Street, NW
As the most somber and understated Washington monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is very moving. A long wall of black granite appearing to emerge from the earth bears the names of nearly 60,000 Americans who died in the war or remain missing, while the grim faces of visitors searching the 4920foot stretch of granite for their loved ones’ names are quietly reflected in the shiny black surface. Even visitors not searching for familiar names are visibly affected. The names are inscribed chronologically, from 1959 to 1975. The wall, designed by Maya Ying Lin, was erected in 1982. In 1984, a life-size sculpture of three Vietnam soldiers by Frederick Hart was installed near the entrance of the memorial.
Constitution at 15th Street, NW
Standing 555 feet tall, the gleaming marble obelisk known as the Washington Monument is the city’s most visible landmark and the tallest freestanding masonry structure in the world. Visitors wait for the 70-second elevator ride to the to. From here, the spectacular panoramic view is an excellent orientation to the city. The cornerstone was laid in 1848, but the Civil War brought construction to a halt, leaving an unsightly 150-foot stump until 1878, when President Grant approved the completion of the project. But by that time, the old marble did not march the new; you can see the color change. The monument was finally opened in 1888.
World War II Memorial
Constitution at 17th Street, NW
The World War II memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and the commitment of the American people. The Second World Ware is the only 20th century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Avenue, SW
The National Park Service formally welcomed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as America's 395th national park on August 28, 2011 - the 48th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Washington Nationals – Major League Baseball
Washington Capitols – National Hockey League
Washington Wizards – National Basketball Association
DC United – Major League Soccer
Washington Redskins – National Football League
Arena Stage Theatre
The largest of the Washington, DC area’s not-for-profit theaters features a range of performances from American classics to premieres of new plays.
The Kennedy Center
Visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and see Washington, DC’s best selection of live concerts, ballet, theater, workshops and much more.
This Washington, DC landmark theater stages Broadway shows, musicals, free movies and children’s shows.
The theater is located in the heart of Washington, DC. Performances range from comedies, dramas, and musicals by playwrights like Neil Simon to local artists.
Washington, DC’s tribute to Abraham Lincoln, this theater is a historical site, museum and a theater producing musicals and plays that portray the character of American life.
Each season this 451-seat Washington, DC Renaissance Theater presents five plays by Shakespeare and other classical playwrights.
Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre
The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater is a live theater geared towards children. Classic stories and folktales are told through puppet shows, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians and mimes. The many Smithsonian museums, the Tidal Basin with colorful cherry trees, L' Enfant Shopping Plaza, Grocery Store, and access to the metropolitan area subway, Metro. Monuments, the Capitol, the White House, Botanical Gardens, and numerous other delights are nearby.