Washington, D.C.

Flights And Sights

Flying To Washington DC With American Airlines

Immerse yourself in the neoclassical center of American politics when you visit the nation’s capital on an American Airlines flight to Washington, D.C. Whether it’s viewing the monuments to the country’s great leaders and historical events by moonlight, or checking out the power-broker neighborhoods of Georgetown and Capitol Hill, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you fly to Washington D.C. with American Airlines.  

Take the family to see the National Mall’s monuments at night. 

The regal Lincoln Memorial, a Daniel Chester French-sculpted, 19-foot-high seated representation of the 16th president, rests in a Parthenon-like temple; the neoclassical Jefferson Memorial and the National World War II memorial are both dramatically lit, while the Washington Monument stays open late for summer evening ascents.

Lose yourself in the National Gallery of Art

A massive collection housed in two different buildings. Seek out da Vinci’s luminous Ginevra de’Benci, the unique perspective of Mary Cassatt’s The Boating Party, and Jackson Pollock’s wild Number 1 (Lavender Mist). The sculpture garden has the added bonus of a fountain in which to cool your feet.

Attend a Kennedy Center show

The district’s pre-eminent venue for the arts. Dress up for a night of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, a touring ballet troupe, even a classic musical or play. A pre-theater meal of French fare at Marcel’s or the Blue Duck Tavern, a contemporary American favorite, makes a good start to the evening.

Get political under the U.S. Capitol’s symbolic white dome.

See the chambers of Congress during a session, the American history oil paintings in the Rotunda, and the notables enshrined in the National Statuary Hall. Afterward, shop and eat (preferably a fish sandwich at the counter) at nearby Eastern Market.

Spend an afternoon in Georgetown, 

Full of cobblestone streets and classy boutiques. After browsing the shops on M Street, check out the historic row houses on the side streets and have an urban adventure on the C&O Canal, a romantic place for a bike ride or paddleboat cruise.

Book your flight to Washington D.C. with American Airlines today to see some of Washington D.C.’s best attractions.

More Things to Do in Washington D.C.

Follow American Airlines as we go off the beaten path to discover more things to do in Washington, D.C. Sample the international flavor of lively Adams Morgan, see space shuttles and satellites at the Udvar-Hazy Center, and enjoy the natural surroundings of Rock Creek Park. American is with you every step of the way.

Visit the National Museum of American History, 

A repository of popular culture whose centerpiece is the original Star-Spangled Banner that inspired the U.S. national anthem. Movie lovers might seek out the ruby red slippers Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz, one of many entertainment-related icons on display.

Try spicy African food in Adams Morgan, 

One of Washington D.C.’s most diverse districts. By day, 18th Street thrums with energy from its markets and vendors. By night, clubs and restaurants take over. You can sop up spicy lamb with spongy injera (bread) at an Ethiopian joint, sample West African curry at Bukom Café and finish off by enjoying a blues set at Madam’s Organ.

Take flight at the Udvar-Hazy Center, the complement to the better-known National Air & Space Museum on the Mall.

Like its sister institution, it holds all kinds of aircrafts, from the space shuttle Enterprise to the Spartan 201 satellite, along with an observation tower to watch planes take off and land at Dulles Airport.

View the night sky from Rock Creek Park, 

A slice of wilderness inside the Beltway. Filled with bike paths and hiking trails, the park also offers surprises like the planetarium inside its nature center. If you miss a stargazing session, you can view a facsimile on the domed ceiling of the building.  

Escape to the Freer Gallery of Art,

With peaceful spaces in which to admire the stunning collection of Asian and American art. Most memorably it includes the largest collection of work by James McNeill Whistler. Don’t miss the Peacock Room, which Whistler himself decorated in blue paint and gold leaf as a proper setting for his Princess from the Land of Porcelain.

Book a flight to Washington, D.C. with American Airlines today to discover more things to do in Washington, D.C.

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