- the Smithsonian Castle
- the National Museum of American History
- the National Museum of Natural History
- the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
- the Sackler Gallery
- the Freer Gallery of Art
- the National Museum of African Art
- the International Spy Museum
- the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- the Washington Monument
- the National World War II Memorial
- the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
There are lots of hotels within walking distance of Smithsonian Station. Here are some of the closest:
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This luxury hotel took over the Old Post Office Pavilion building that once housed the Trump International Hotel. It boasts spacious rooms, excellent service, and a spectacular lobby bar displaying an enviable collection of crystal decanters. The Waldorf is a five- to ten-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station; it is also within a mile of ten open Smithsonian venues on the National Mall.
This boutique hotel occupies one of the few remaining Romanesque Revival buildings in Washington. It used to house a leading bank, and 23 presidents are known to have conducted business there. It is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Smithsonian Station. It is also near Ford’s Theater, where you can see a show, take a guided tour, and view the flag-draped (no-longer-used) Presidential Box.
This historic hotel occupies a 19th-century building that once housed the General Post Office. It features high ceilings, grand hallways, and a stunning lobby with complementary coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. It is also catty-cornered from the Capital One Arena. It is about a 15-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.
This upscale hotel sits in L’Enfant Plaza, midway between the National Mall and the Wharf, a vibrant waterfront strip teeming with lots of restaurants and shops. The building formerly housed the Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel (where my parents used to stay when they came to visit me in college). It is a five- to ten-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.
This midscale hotel has two restaurants, a spacious lobby, and a roof-top pool and bar. It is a five- to ten-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.
This extended-stay hotel features a great location on the Wharf, and many suites boast beautiful views of the Potomac River. It offers a complementary breakfast, and food at the bar in the evenings. It has ample outdoor lounge space, including a roof-top pool. It is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.
This select-service hotel offers spacious rooms, complementary breakfast, and a roof-top bar. It is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the Smithsonian Station.
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …