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Explore the jaw-dropping interior and many fascinating exhibits that cover a wide swath of national and international history.
One of the numerous Smithsonian museums located on the National Mall, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden embraces the offbeat in contemporary art.
Admission is always free and in-depth, docent-led tours are available every week.
The Wharf’s official beacon greets vessels slowly passing through the no-wake zone, acting as a lighthouse for DC’s awesome new waterfront development.
However, in colder months, you would prefer to be indoors.
Looking up at the stars in the night sky is always romantic.
The National Gallery of Art wing closest to the Capitol is home to two sky-lit tower galleries, Instagram-worthy staircases connecting all levels of the museum, a rooftop terrace with a blue rooster sculpture and, best of all, more than 500 works of art, including pieces by Alexander Calder, Barbara Kruger, Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko. Dig deeper into American lore when you and your special someone make your way to the Library of Congress, another of DC’s many historical landmarks.
The nation’s largest library holds 28 million cataloged books and 58 million manuscripts. The most recent addition to DC’s incredible lineup of Smithsonian museums is the only national museum solely dedicated to the documentation of African American life, history and culture.
Two of the world’s most incredible stones live at the National Museum of Natural History, which is located on the National Mall and is admission-free.
The Hope Diamond, which has historical roots dating back to the late 1600s, is on display at the museum’s National Gem and Mineral collection.