Washington Attractions Update
(30 Dec 20)
The Mayor of the District of Columbia’s latest pandemic related order has closed most indoor attractions within DC at least through 15 Jan 21. In addition there are no public events planned for Inauguration Day (20 Jan 21.) For the near future, plan on being able to visit only outdoor attractions within the District. A Washington Monuments Tour is still a great option.
As a rule of thumb, if an indoor attraction is federal government run, owned, or operated, it will probably be closed until springtime. One exception to this rule is trips to the top of the Washington Monument are available but on a limited basis. (Ask us how to get to the observation deck!)
Most non-profit run attractions have been able to keep their doors open as they struggle for funds from admission fees. Our favorite is Mount Vernon where they have done a great job of keeping the entire estate grounds, museum, education center, and mansion house (except the top floor) open to the public.
On the Virginia side, Alexandria City Museums (eg. Stabler Leadbetter Apothecary and Gadsby’s Tavern) are closed but the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority run Carlyle House is open. An Old Town Alexandria Tour can still be experienced with no restrictions. Arlington Cemetery is open except for the viewing of the Changing of the Guard. For those that strike out at the observation deck at the Washington Monument, a similar view is available at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria. At nearly two-thirds the height of the Washington Monument, it allows for great views of Alexandria and the surrounding region.
For those wishing to go on a daytrip out of town, a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour is still a viable option. Currently, the Museum & Visitor Center is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m., Thursday, 7 Jan 21. Battlefield experiences at Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville are also feasible.
Our website has a listing of oft-visited attractions in the area with their operating status noted. We will update this listing periodically but it’s best to call us to get the most up to date information.