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The InterContinental Washington, D.C.—The Wharf is at the heart of D.C.’s Wharf neighborhood, a historic waterfront with a mile of upscale restaurants, unique entertainment, and lively public spaces along the scenic Potomac River. The hotel is conveniently located seconds away from major thoroughfares, just a few blocks to public transit stops, and a mere five miles from the Reagan National Airport. To learn more about the InterContinental Washington, D.C.—The Wharf you can click here. You can also find out more about activities, entertainment, and dining options at The Wharf at In addition to those suggestions, we’ve included a few of our favorites below.

Nearby Attractions
A New Destination Among D.C. Landmarks
No other city in the United States has as many monuments and museums as Washington, D.C. And with its location just south of the National Mall, The Wharf is within easy reach of most of the attractions of our nation’s capital.

The National Mall & Smithsonian Museums
Stretching from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and from the White House to the Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall is probably among the top things to visit in Washington, D.C. In spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival is a big draw along the Tidal Basin. In summer, the Mall serves as backdrop to dozens of events, including Fourth of July Fireworks. Fall’s more temperate weather brings out people to play ball, bike, and have picnics. And of course the Smithsonian museums are open year round and offer something for everyone.

Arena Stage
Our next-door neighbor is D.C.’s largest not-for-profit theater dedicated to American plays and playwrights, and is a part of the Mead Center for American Theater. Founded in 1950, it was a pioneer in the Regional Theater Movement. Extensive renovations in 2010 incorporated the theater’s stages into one building surrounded by a glass curtain wall and added a small third theater for new productions. Arena Stage has garnered many accolades, from being the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, to receiving the Regional Theater Tony Award.

East Potomac Park & Hains Point
Right across the Washington Channel—and reachable via The Wharf boat shuttle or a quick trip across the bridge—lies East Potomac Park. This man-made island has a surprising amount of amenities, from a public golf course, driving range, and miniature golf course to a public swimming pool, tennis courts, and several athletic fields. It is also a popular destination for fishermen, cyclists, walkers, inline skaters, and runners.

Nearby Museums
Besides the 11 Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, visitors to Wharf are also within close reach of the Holocaust Museum and the Bible Museum.

Nationals Park & Navy Yard
Just a few blocks east of The Wharf, baseball fans can cheer on their team at the Nationals Park—or root for their favorite president in the traditional Presidents Race during the fourth inning. The surrounding Navy Yard neighborhood invites visitors to explore the historic naval facility that is its namesake, as well as a park with views of the Anacostia River and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Buzzard Point & Soccer Stadium
Following the Washington Channel south to the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers takes visitors past Buzzard Point. This tip of the peninsula not only houses Fort Lesley J. McNair, a United States Army post, it is also the home of D.C. United’s new stadium which opened in 2018.

Nearby Waterfront Destinations
Explore beautiful waterfront destinations in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia for music, shopping and dining, sports, water activities, historic sites, and much more—many accessible by water taxi. Visit here for a comprehensive guide.

Address: 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Hours: Monday- Saturday 10 AM- 5 PM, Sunday 12 PM- 5 PM Phone: (202) 783-5000
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Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the achievements of women artists. By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.

Address: 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., between Madison Drive and Constitution Avenue and between 14th and 15th Streets
Hours: Everyday 10 AM- 5:30 PM Phone: 202.633.1000
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members.

Address: 10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW
Hours: Everyday 10 AM- 5:30 PM, but hours are extended during the summer with a closing time of 7:30 p.m. Phone: 202.633.1000
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The museum contains some of the most famous artifacts in the world. The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals has the supposedly cursed Hope Diamond on display. The Museum of Natural History is centrally located in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. Like all Smithsonian Institution Museums, admission is free.

*Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE GUIDE AND INFO ON ALL SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS. (Link: