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5 Things for Attendees to do When the Meeting’s Over in Washington D.C.






5 Things for Attendees to do When the Meeting’s Over in Washington D.C.


A city filled with history, culture, and a ton of hidden gems, D.C. is one of the best tourist destinations for a reason. Are you in search of unique attractions for your guests to enjoy as they visit the city? Check out the five nontraditional activities we found that will satisfy each one of your guests!

 

1. International Spy Museum

Are you trying to channel your inner James Bond? Attendees will be able to find inspiration right outside their hotel at the International Spy Museum. Explore the lives of actual intelligence officers and experts as they recount some of the missions in which they participated. Discover the different tools that spies use to collect information and turn it into useful knowledge that helps them complete their mission. Guests will be able to learn about the past, present, and future of spying techniques that helps keep the United States safe. With a number of interactive exhibits, guests will begin to experience what it’s like to be a spy, and they will begin to think that they can help protect this country, too.

2. The Brewmaster’s Castle

Learn more about the history of one of the grandest places to drink a beer not only in the United States but around the world. The Chris Heurich House, better known as “The Brewmaster’s Castle” looks the same as it did in the 1890s. When Heurich first entered the United States, he decided to create a massive brewery empire. An architect’s dream mansion, The Brewmaster’s Castle has a rich history regarding, you guessed it, the brewing of hops. Although, the actual factory was demolished in 1962, guests are still able to tour the grand castle that Heurich built for his wife as they sample a variety of beers. If you’re in search of a satisfying treat and an interesting story, The Brewmaster’s Castle should be a must-see on your bucket list.

3. Catacombs of Washington D.C.

If you’re in search of something spooky to do while you’re visiting D.C. look no further than the catacombs lying below the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland. You didn’t know that D.C. has its very own catacombs? Most people don’t, which is why the catacombs are considered a hidden secret of the area. Upon first glance, visitors won’t be able to guess what lies below the beautiful gardens filled with fountains and statues. Built in the late 1800s, the catacombs were created to correspond with the Holy Land, so Americans would not have to travel to see the actual ones. Although the graves and remains are fake, an eerie feeling is still felt as visitors walk the damp, narrow halls and step into the dark rooms where stories of saints are recalled.

4. Theodore Roosevelt Island

Let’s take a minute to stop and enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting Theodore Roosevelt Island. This island is a living memorial dedicated to the life of the United States’ 26th president. Architects believed that an island, rich with thick forests and flowing streams, would be the perfect tribute to Roosevelt, who enjoyed spending his free time outdoors. Visitors can enjoy a guided walk with a park ranger or explore the island’s trails by themselves. Either way, guests will feel at peace as they explore everything this island has to offer. For a special treat, try to visit the island in the spring and early summer to see the magnificent colors of the blooming wildflowers.

5. The Smithsonian – Preamble to the U.S. Constitution in License Plates

We would be remiss if we didn’t suggest visiting at least one top attraction in D.C. These historic museums have some unique features inside that you might not know about! The Smithsonian Institution consists of 17 museums and galleries in D.C. Guests can enjoy each of these attractions for free. Ranging from topics of air and space to the history of African American culture, the Smithsonian Institution will appeal to all of your guests who are looking to broaden their knowledge of certain topics. One unique exhibit that you won’t want to miss is the preamble to the U.S. Constitution composed of license plates. You’ll be able to find this fascinating piece of work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Another exhibit that you won’t want to miss, which was recently opened, is Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Check this out at the National Air and Space Museum.

Whether you have an extra hour or a few days to spend in D.C. there are many unique attractions that guests will be able to enjoy even after the meeting has ended.

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