From Upper Northwest and Montgomery County: Take Massachusetts Avenue and stay to the north of the Mt. Vernon Square Library. Turn right on 7th Street NW and immediately left on K Street. Continue on K to 1st Street NE. Turn right on to 1st Street NE.
From Northeast Washington, Prince George’s County, and Columbia, MD: Come into the city on New York Avenue and turn left on to North Capital Street. Turn left on to L Street NE and right on 1st Street NE to the APA building. (Note: there is no left turn on to K Street from North Capital Street during rush hour).
From Southeast Washington, Southern Maryland and Virginia: Take the Suitland Parkway or 295 to the South Capitol Street bridge. Follow South Capitol Street to 395 north, which will lead you into the tunnel which runs underneath the Mall. Follow signs to Massachusetts Avenue, and you will come out of the tunnel on to 2nd Street NW. One option is to continue north on 2nd Street NW to right on K Street and right on 1st Street NE. Another option is to take 2nd Street NW to right on Massachusetts, left on North Capitol and right on G Street (or G Place), and left on 1st Street NE to the APA building.
From Northern Virginia: There are two good options:
1. Take Route 50 to Constitution Avenue. Cross Pennsylvania Avenue and continue on Constitution to left on Louisiana Avenue NW. Continue on Louisiana to left on North Capitol Street, then right on to G Street NE, and left on 1st Street NE.
2. Take 395 North (Shirley Highway), across the 14th Street Bridge to the Southwest Expressway. Watch for signs to 395 North, which will take you to the tunnel going under the Mall. Take the exit that reads Massachusetts Avenue, which will lead you to 2nd Street NW. You may continue on 2nd Street NW to right on K Street and right on 1st Street NE, or you may turn right on Massachusetts, left on North Capitol Street, right on G Street and finally left on 1st Street NE.
Washington, DC weather is mild compared to many parts of the United States. The capital region has four distinct seasons, although the weather can be unpredictable and varies from year to year.
In the winter, the Washington, DC area gets an occasional snowstorm. The temperatures often fluctuate above freezing in the winter so we can get lots of rain or freezing rain during the colder months. Springtime is beautiful when the flowers blossom. The weather is wonderful in the spring and this is the busiest time of year for the tourist attractions. During the summer months, Washington, DC can get hot, humid and uncomfortable. Late July and most of August are a good time to stay indoors in the air conditioning. The vibrant colors of October and November’s autumn foliage and the cool temperatures make it a great time to enjoy lots of outdoor recreation.
Hours listed are current at press time but subject to change. Schedule and prices available at press time are as follows:
Smithsonian Institute Museums. Call Dial-A-Museum at (202) 357-2020 for daily events. The telephone number for information is (202) 357-2700, unless otherwise noted. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.
National Zoological Park. At the National Zoo people can marvel at wonderful animals, learn about wildlife and its conservation, and enjoy a beautiful, peaceful experience in the gardens.
Corcoran Gallery of Art. The Corcoran Gallery presents, interprets and preserves the art of our times and of times past.
Folger Shakespeare Gallery at Folger Shakespeare Library. The Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art
Ford’s Theatre. Ford's Theatre blends its rich history with performance excellence in serving as a living tribute to President Lincoln’s love of the performing arts.
National Gallery of Art. The Gallery’s active art collection includes paintings, sculpture, and works of art on paper, from the late middle ages to the present, from Europe and the United States.
The Phillips Collection. Featuring a renowned permanent collection of nearly 2,500 works by American and European impressionist and modern artists, the Phillips is internationally recognized for both its incomparable art and its intimate atmosphere.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves.
National Archives. The Rotunda of the National Archives houses the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
National Geographic Society Explorer’s Hall. At National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life.
U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court offers a variety of educational programs. Exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown, are located on the ground floor. Courtroom lectures are held every hour on the the half-hour, on days that the Court is not sitting, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands as a symbol of America’s honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.
White House. Advance reservations required for tours
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center, overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s cultural center, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year.