Plan to spend extra time in Washington, DC.
Monuments & Memorials - All free; take in some of DC's most popular like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, WWII Memorial and more.
American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery - "Journey through America’s artistic development by viewing 17th- and 18th-century paintings from from the colonies of New Spain and New England, then make your way through the 19th century art collection, which highlights the Western migration, impressionism and the Gilded Age."
Belmont-Paul Women's Equality Monument & Museum - Home to the National Woman's Party for nearly 90 years, this was the epicenter of the struggle for women's rights.
Freer-Sackler Galleries - Smithsonian Institution's national museums of Asian art.
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - This museum focuses on contemporary art and culture.
Library of Congress - Enjoy walking tours of this historic building and rotating exhibits at the largest library in the world.
Museum of African American History & Culture - "A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience."
Museum of African Art - "Initially focused on the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa, NMAfA broadened its collecting scope and programs to include both modern and contemporary artworks."
Museum of the American Indian - "Advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere through partnership with Native people."
Museum of American History - collection features more than three million artifacts, from Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz to sheet music written by DC legend Duke Ellington.
Museum of National History - 140 million-plus natural science specimens and cultural artifacts.
Museum of Women in the Arts - "The only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts."
National Air & Space Museum - contains the largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.
National Portrait Gallery - Portraits of "men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States".
National Zoo - "Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 1,500-plus animals that call the 163-acre park home. The zoo’s habitats feature animals from 300 different species and about 25 percent of the zoo’s residents are endangered."
Newseum - engaging and interactive museum of news that allows visitors to experience the stories of yesterday and today.