Welcome back to A Day Away, our pictorial blog series that will guide Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) community members to great destinations in or around Virginia that can be visited – there and back – in a day.
On our most recent day trip, Salinna Lor, a junior public relations major, and Annie Maddox, a senior marketing major, visited the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., located on the Potomac River and bordered by the states of Maryland and Virginia, is well known for the iconic buildings that house the branches and members of the federal government – the United States Capitol (Legislative), the White House (Executive) and the United States Supreme Court Building (Judicial).
These historic spots are traditional must-sees when visiting our nation’s capital. We wanted to offer a few of our favorite additional attractions to make your next trip special.
Air and Space Museum –
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the more famous Smithsonian museums and houses thousands of objects, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia and a lunar rock you can touch. They offer daily tours and educational opportunities for both children and adults. The museum has free admissions. For more information about the Air and Space Museum, visit their website https://airandspace.si.edu.
Buredo is one of many great places to stop for lunch when exploring downtown D.C. They offer freshly rolled sushi burritos in a variety of fun flavors. Grab a burrito to-go or sit down and enjoy their famous Bladerunner mural. Take a look at their menu on their website: https://eatburedo.com.
International Spy Museum –
The International Spy Museum offers an interactive spy experience where you can come face to face with the world of spies. They offer fun events for children as well as a lecture and seminar series for adults who want a more in depth education about the history of spies. Tickets for the museum are $21.95. For more information about the International Spy Museum and its events, visit their website https://www.spymuseum.org.
Library of Congress –
Whatever your interest may be, the Library of Congress offers specialized tours around the library for visitors to explore specific topics or exhibitions. This is a great opportunity to dive deep into the history of a specific subject, and an excellent resource if doing research. To view a full list of tours visit the Library of Congress’ website, https://www.loc.gov/visit/tours/guided-tours.
National Gallery of Art –
The National Gallery of Art’s collection follows the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present, and includes the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas. The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors. For more information about the gallery and current exhibitions, visit their website https://www.nga.gov.
United States Botanical Garden –
The U.S. Botanical Garden is a living plant museum that shares the importance and value of plants to the well-being of humans and earth’s ecosystems with visitors. They frequently hold events and programs to educate and highlight certain areas with the public. The garden is free to all visitors and is an awesome spot for a spontaneous photoshoot. For more information about the U.S. Botanical Garden and their programming, visit their website https://www.usbg.gov.
For more photos from our Day Away, visit our Flickr album.