D.C. May 30, 2017
14 Fascinating Spots In Washington DC That Are Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale
DC is a surprising city. Yes, it’s known for iconic government buildings and is an urban area. But hidden amongst the office buildings and row homes, there are some gorgeous places that feel, well, quite magical. You might just imagine you’re in a fairy tale at the 14 most beautiful spots in DC.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Meridian Hill Park
Designed in the early 1900s, Meridian Hill was mean to have a similar look and feel of European gardens. It features an Italian Renaissance-style fountain with flowing waters, beautiful sculptures and gardens.
2. National Arboretum
The arboretum is 446 acres of pure enchanting landscape. Enjoy lush rolling hills, gorgeous flowers and plants and the amazing capitol columns in this picturesque oasis.
3. Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks has a garden fit for a fairy tale! This historic Georgetown estate features extensive collections of art and outside, the gardens are split into unique "rooms" with their own styles.
4. Tudor Place
Tudor Place is a Federal-style mansion with a gorgeous surrounding gardens. Inside of Tudor Place, there are over 100 objects belonging to George and Martha Washington.
5. Hillwood Museum
If there is a place that feels like it’s a fairy tale, it’s Hillwood Museum. The former home of a socialite, Hillwood combines exquisite, ornate art and fantastic botanicals, flowers and plants.
6. Library of Congress
You may not think a library can seem very enchanting but the Library of Congress most definitely is enchanting. The gorgeous interior features fantastic architecture.
7. National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is another place that doesn’t always top tourist bucket list but it should be. Once you step inside, you will feel like you’re in an castle in a far-off land.
8. Anderson House
Anderson House is the former home of American diplomat Larz Anderson and his wife. Today the fifty-room mansion is a gorgeous way to experience the glitz and glamour of the past.
9. Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park in Northern Virginia is one of the most awe-inspiring places in the area. The incredible 76 feet falls crash along the jagged rocks and multiple cascades for an enchanting view.
10. Masonic Temple
The Masonic Temple was modeled after the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. Today it’s one of the most impressive examples of architecture in the city.
11. Smithsonian Castle
The castle was built in 1855 and is home to the Smithsonian Institution. Visitors can tour the 19th century and the surrounding gardens and lawns.
12. National Botanic Garden
The National Botanic Garden is like an escape to a tropical land. There are exotic plants and flowers and a butterfly garden.
13. George Washington Masonic Memorial
The beautiful memorial sits 333 feet in the air high atop Shooter’s Hill in Alexandria, Virginia. It’s a Masonic building dedicated to George Washington.
14. National Cathedral and Bishop’s Garden
Walking through the Bishop’s Garden in the shadow of the impressive National Cathedral, visitors can escape to the peaceful place that is right out of the pages of a book.
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