Things to Do in Washington, DC

Places of Interest

Smithsonian Museums

(Distance: 3.0 miles) 15 minutes from the Crystal Gateway Marriot via the Metro Yellow Line. The Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries. Some of the most popular museums, such as the American History Museum and the National Gallery of Art, are located on the National Mall. All of the Smithsonian museums in DC have free admission.

Arlington National Cemetery

(Distance: 3.0 miles) 10 minutes away from the Crystal Gateway Marriot via the Metro Blue Line. The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty military, veterans and their immediate family. The changing of the guard ritual happens every hour.


(Distance: 3.8 miles) 17 minutes from the Crystal Gateway Marriot via the Metro Yellow Line. Considered the “must-see” DC attraction and one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum traces the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present day.

Old Town Alexandria

(Distance: 4.0 miles) 30 minutes by Metro from the Crystal Gateway Marriot. Old Town Alexandria is a beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac River that George Washington called home. Take a walk along King Street and enjoy the boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and quaint 18th century architecture.

US Capitol

(Distance: 4.1 miles) 30 minutes from the Crystal Gateway Marriot via the Metro Blue Line. Visit the seat of the United States Congress, built in 1793. Tours are free but require passes. As they are limited, it is best to book well in advance.


(Distance: 4.4 miles) 30 minutes by public transportation from the Crystal Gateway Marriot. Founded in 1751, Georgetown is a scenic historic district on the waterfront known for its cobblestone streets and 18th and 19th century architecture. Take a walk down Main Avenue or relax in the Georgetown Waterfront Park.

More Things to Do in DC

There are many more attractions and events to enjoy in our nation’s capital.


  • Metro’s Trip Planner can be used to calculate fares and to determine the best way to travel around DC (rail, bus, or both).
  • All Metro trips require the use of a permanent, rechargeable SmarTrip card.
  • SmarTrip cards cost $2.00 and can be purchased at any Metro station using the blue “Fare Vending” machines. Cash and major credit and debit cards are accepted.
  • SmarTrip cards can also be purchased online (at least ten business days before travel).
  • Single fares start at $1.70 and vary based on the travel distance and time of day.
  • One day passes are available for $14.50.
  • Most Metro stations are underground and they are marked above ground with a large letter M.
  • After using your SmarTrip card to enter the station, you will also need it to exit at your destination.