For many, the beginning of a new year means it’s time to start travel planning. Whether for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, DC area hotels provide the perfect gateway to all the history, culture, and fun of the District. Here are five exciting D.C. destinations you’ll want to check out in 2016:
1. The International Spy Museum
In the heart of downtown blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop, visitors can explore the largest collection of espionage artifacts on public display that incudes weapons, hidden cameras, cars and recording devices.
2. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Slated to open in fall of 2016 next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall, the newest Smithsonian museum will use artifacts, photographs and live exhibits to convey the African American story and its importance in American history.
3. The National Gallery of Art
For its 75th anniversary this year the National Gallery is unveiling 160 new works of American art from the early 1700s through present day, plus a new collection of 100 of the best illustrations donated by Paul Mellon, son of the museum’s founder.
4. The 9:30 Club
The landmark music club near Howard University and the U Street corridor celebrated its 35th year of operation earlier this month. Major acts scheduled to play the theater in 2016 include Grace Potter, Lupe Fiasco, Wolfmother and Pusha T.
5. National Archives Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day at the Archives building on the National Mall by viewing the actual Declaration of Independence and enjoying live musical performances, reenactments and a parade. With top-notch amenities and a free shuttle to the Huntington metro stop, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria is one of the best hotels in Alexandria VA for visitors attending these and other exciting D.C. events in 2016.