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Washington, DC Area Attractions

The Embassy Suites Hotel at Chevy Chase Pavilion is near Washington, DC's top attractions, including the Smithsonian Institute and the National Zoo. Here's a list of must-see, kid-friendly attractions for your vacation in Washington, DC.

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Local Universities

The Embassy Suites Hotel is located near The Catholic University of America and American University in Washington, DC. These academic institutions offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering a liberal arts curriculum. The Embassy Suites Hotel is located 2.5 miles from American University and 7 miles from The Catholic University; providing guests comfortable accommodations while visiting the universities.

The National Mall

If you are interested in the Capital's most celebrated tourist attractions, much of your DC vacation will be spent on the National Mall, which stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Monuments dot the Mall, which is also surrounded by museums and government buildings. http://www.nps.gov

The Smithsonian Institute

Begin here to learn about the different children's events and activities at each of the Smithsonian's 19 museums and the National Zoo. http://www.si.edu

National Museum of Natural History

This museum has several interactive exhibits on diverse topics, from dinosaurs to bugs. The Museum also houses an IMAX Theater. http://www.mnh.si.edu

National Aquarium

From sharks to seahorses, the National Aquarium displays some of the ocean's coolest critters. http://www.nationalaquarium.com

Walter Reed Army Medical Center

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center provides advanced and sub-specialty health care and services to soldiers, their families, and a large community of military retirees. http://www.wramc.army.mil

National Naval Medical Center

NNMC is the Navy's third-largest health care delivery system and provides more than 12,500 ambulatory surgeries and almost 8,000 inpatient admissions each year. As the headquarters for the regional Health Care System, NNMC encompasses facilities in five states and the District of Columbia. http://www.bethesda.med.navy.mil

National Zoo

Children and adults alike will marvel over the antics of the National Zoo's baby panda and hundreds of other species. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo. http://nationalzoo.si.edu

International Spy Museum

The slickest museum you'll ever visit gives you an inside look at the world of espionage. http://www.spymuseum.org

Washington Doll's House and Toy Museum

The whole family will enjoy the dollhouses and toys of the past at this museum, located close to the Embassy Suites in Chevy Chase. http://www.washingtondcmuseumsinfo.com/doll-toy-museum.htm

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum & Visitors Center

The mission of the DEA Museum and Visitors Center is to educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction and drug law enforcement in the United States through engaging and state-of-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations and educational outreach programs. http://www.deamuseum.org

National Institutes of Health

An agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. It consists of 27 separate institutes and offices with the main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. http://www.nih.gov

Getting There

All of these Washington, DC vacation destinations are Metro-accessible. The Metro can drop you off at multiple points along the Mall to get you as close as possible to your destination. The D.C. Circulator bus offers quick and convenient service between the many Smithsonian museums.


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