Spending the long Presidents’ Day Weekend in DC means plenty of opportunities for fun. Here are our top five recommendations for how to enjoy the long weekend.

Take a Tour of the Monuments and Memorials

Pay tribute to the country’s great presidents by visiting the monuments and memorials dedicated to them in Washington, DC. We’d recommend taking a walk that starts at the Washington Monument, then making your way over to the Lincoln Memorial, where you can climb the steps and look up at Lincoln’s statue. Afterward, walk over to the Jefferson Memorial, located right next to the Potomac River.

900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Visit Lincoln’s Cottage

If you’re interested in getting a better sense of the life  of President Abraham Lincoln, head over to his Washington home, where he spent time during the Civil War. The home is also the site where he worked to develop the Emancipation Proclamation and will provide visitors with plenty of insight into Lincoln’s mindset and surroundings.

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011

Catch a Show

If your cultural interests are more oriented toward theater than history, head over to the Kennedy Center. During Presidents’ Day weekend, the performance venue will be hosting a series of shows that are sure to be perfect for enjoying during a long weekend, including the Washington Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. Enjoy a night (or day) out at the theater as a treat during the holiday.

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Head to the Smithsonian

Learn more about how the American presidents contributed to the country’s history with a trip to the National Museum of American History. The free gallery will take you through the country’s birth and development and is sure to be an educational and interesting experience. You’ll leave equipped to engage in a lengthy Presidents’ Day discussion about the American history.

1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

Relax with a Glass of Wine

Take a breather after all that travel excitement with a glass of red during the Capitol Hill Hotel’s wine hour, held every weekday from 5-6 pm. We recommend heading down to the lobby on Monday to sip on a glass and take some time to relax.

200 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6000