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You’re in the nation’s capital for 5 hours. After years of just seeing airports, hotels, corporate parks, restaurants, and bars you’re ready to make the most of your business travel and get in some of the capital’s glory. Here are 6 of the top things you must do in Washington, D.C. if you only have 5 hours to spare.

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Udvar-Hazy Center

Located just a mile or two from Dulles Airport is the Udvar-Hazy Center and museum. Easily accessible via taxi or bus, it is much larger than the better known Air & Space Museum. Not only does it house the Space Shuttle, but it also has the Enola Gay exhibit, known for being the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

The National Air and Space Museum

Amongst the many famous museums found along the National Mall is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Hailed as the most visited museum in the country, NASM houses some of the more famous such as Apollo 11, The Spirit of St. Louis, and the Wright Brothers’ plane.

the national mall

The National Mall

There are many things to see in just one location, the National Mall. Aside from NASM, you can visit the National Museum of Natural History, the United States Botanic Garden, Freer Gallery of Art, and the United States Capitol just to name a few. Even if you don’t set foot in one exhibit, you can still admire the architecture of the many monuments and buildings.

Lincoln Memorial

National Monuments

It seems just about every president in our nation’s history has a monument in Washington, and each one equally breathtaking. You may want to be sure to free up space on your smartphone because you’ll be snapping many photos from the Lincoln Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial and all the way to the towering Washington Memorial. Plus, there are countless others like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the National World War II Memorial.

White House

The White House

No matter your political affiliation, the country’s most famous address (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) is an absolute must see. The White House landscape and architecture alone is a marvel, but seeing it from the inside is something else. However, unless you submit a tour request to your member of Congress, you may have a hard time getting your foot in the door.

Washington, D.C. Tours

Of course, you want to see as much of the District as you possibly can in five hours. Luckily, there’s a 5-hour Washington tour that can help you do just that. There are also sightseeing tours, day cruises, photo tours, and even biking tours available, among many other options. You’ll be able to see all the political and historical landmarks, buildings, monuments, memorials, and more! And with a guided tour, you may even get to learn some of the Capital’s secrets.

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For those of you who have visited or are from the D.C. area, what are some of your favorite must do’s? Share in the comment section.

About Rafael Henriquez:

Rafael (Raf) is the Targeted Content Writer & Strategist for,,, and He helps create, edit, and plan content that connects current and potential renters with apartment and property managers and owners. When Raf isn’t busy writing, he spends a great deal of his time performing sketch and improv comedy, hanging out at the beach, and looking at memes on the Internet.

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