Falls Church Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Falls Church; our list of the best things to see, including The White House, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Fort McHenry National Monument.
  • The best place in Falls Church: The White House

    The White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the house in 1801, he expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades that were meant to conceal stables and storage.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    333 W Camden St
    The local baseball team plays at Oriole Park, better known as Camden Yards. It's often considered one of the nicest in the nation, with a retro style, but modern facilities (constructed in 1992). No name is better associated with the stadium than Cal Ripken Jr., who set the world record for playing 2,131 consecutive games on 6 September 1995, (a little less well known, but still historic, was Eddie Murray's 500th home run, exactly one year later to the date). Avoid trying to park here, for the same reasons as below for Ravens Stadium. Even when a game is not being played, the team still offers tours of the ballpark starting in March (though check their website for times).[1]
    Federal Hill eat nearby
  • Fort McHenry National Monument

    Fort McHenry National Monument

    2400 E Fort Ave
    $7, children under 15 are free. Really a must-visit for any tourist in Baltimore, this is the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, the United States National Anthem. The fort's military history is best known for it's central role in the defense of the country in the War of 1812, simply named the Battle of Fort McHenry. At the time, Baltimore was the industrial powerhouse of the United States, and was a critical producer of ships and armaments. While of lesser importance in future wars, Fort McHenry remained relevant: a prison for captured Confederate soldiers in the Civil War, a military hospital during WWI, and again an active Coast Guard base during WWII. Since 1925 it has been designated as a National Park (and since 1939 doubly listed as a National Monument), and is today a museum, with plenty of cannons and nooks and crannies to explore. Back to the National Anthem, its Francis Scott Key, who was escaped here from British captivity in the War of 1812, joins Edgar Allen Poe, Thurgood Marshall, and H L Mencken as a preeminent icon of the city and the eponym for dishes at restaurants, bridges, and one impressive golden statue in Bolton Hill. He might be a little sad to see that the flag is not still there. It was getting extra raggedy after all these years, and was moved to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. for preservation.
    Canton restaurants nearby
  • Library of Congress

    Library of Congress

    101 Independence Ave SE
    Originally founded by the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, this grand building, also called the Jefferson Library, has the largest collection of books in the world. The most popular points of interest are the massive main reading room and Great Hall. On the Winter and Summer solstices the Great Hall is filled with an odd silver glow that gives the impression you are surrounded by floating clouds, and this makes those days the most crowded. The main reading room is known as the Sacred Room, and is absolutely stunning. You must be 18 or older to use the reading rooms and have a user card, which can be obtained by presenting a driver's license or completing a self registration form. Guided tours will not bring you into the reading room, but will take you up in the dome, where you can see the room in its full glory. There are also a number of rotating exhibitions from the Library's vast collection on display at any one time, as is a Gutenberg Bible.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • National Aquarium

    National Aquarium

    501 E Pratt St
    Daily 9AM-5PM, seasonal hours vary. General admission $25-$30, discounts for seniors and children available. One of the best aquariums in the nation, the Baltimore Aquarium is famous for its tropical rain forest exhibit, its efforts to saving marine mammals, and its large shark tanks. Well worth the price of admission, it's a draw for marine scientists and civilians alike. Due to its popularity, expect to be in long lines to purchase tickets and then have to wait to enter several hours later, especially during weekends or vacation times; to avoid this, plan ahead and purchase tickets early or online.
    Federal Hill eat nearby
  • National Museum of American History

    National Museum of American History

    National Mall1400 Constitution Ave NW
    10AM-5:30PM, summer 10AM-6:30PM. There is a lot here in one of the city's most informative museums, covering topics ranging from war to technology, social and political history. The biggest draw, though, is the Treasure Room (yes, the one of Stephen Colbert obsession), with an astonishing set of iconic Americana objects, ranging from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln's top hat, to Kermit the Frog and Dorothy's ruby slippers!
    restaurants nearby
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Smithsonian American Art Museum

    8th St & F St NW
    The collection here is a walk through encyclopedia of American Art—Gilbert Stuart's stern presidential portraits through Nam June Paik's house-sized America sculpture of neon and televisions.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

    1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    The building that now houses the Renwick Gallery was originally the home of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It was designed by James Renwick, Jr., and construction began before the Civil War. Near completion, it was used during the Civil War as a government warehouse, and construction was finally completed in 1874. By 1897, the Corcoran Gallery collection outgrew the space and relocated to a new building on 17th St. The building was transferred in 1965 to the Smithsonian Institution for use as an art gallery.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    3001 Connecticut Ave NW
    Apr–Oct 10AM-6PM, Nov–March 10AM-5PM. Free. This is one of the world's great zoos, with a collection of 400 species, 2,000 animals, all right in the center of the city (in Rock Creek Park). The National Zoo is quite large and filled with more animals and exhibits than one could see comfortably in one day without rushing, so be sure to get a map at the entrance, take your time, and be prepared to walk a great deal. Bring water—the concessions here are insultingly expensive. The most crowded exhibits are nearly always the Pandas and the Ape House. The former is an almost guaranteed letdown—the pandas are perhaps the zoo's shyest residents (the Ape House is fun no matter the crowds, though). Sleeper hits include the Seals & Sea Lions Exhibit, the Reptile House, the remarkable Aviary, and the irresistibly cute prairie dogs.
    Woodley Park restaurants nearby
  • American Visionary Art Museum

    American Visionary Art Museum

    800 Key Hwy
    95, discounts available for seniors, children and large groups. The most eclectic and interesting collection of contemporary art from non-professional artists, with many works of beauty, some of paranoia, and a fair share of sheer obsessive personality disorder!
    Federal Hill food nearby
  • National Portrait Gallery

    National Portrait Gallery

    8th St & F St NW
    The renovation is the talk of the town. The new enclosed courtyard has received universal accolades (Conde Nast Traveler calls it one of the seven modern architectural wonders of the world) and its cafe is certainly one of the most attractive places in the city to break out your laptop and enjoy the WiFi. Back to the museum—its most popular exhibit is the Hall of Presidents, although the current hot gallery is that of Contemporary Portraiture.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Ford's Theatre

    Ford's Theatre

    511 10th St NW
    Tours: 9AM-5PM daily. Shows: $40-55, tours: Free. This is where John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, and he was taken across the street to the Petersen House where he died. Ford's Theatre is not only a historic site, but remains a working theater, with regular performances. Theater here is usually the most traditional of the downtown venues, offering dramatic work that is "as eloquent, intelligent and respectful of humanity as Mr. Lincoln." The truly coveted tickets are for the annual Christmas Eve performance of A Christmas Carol. The daily tours take you through the theater and the onsite museum, and also spill across the street to the Petersen House, where Lincoln died.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Maryland Science Center

    Maryland Science Center

    601 Light St
    Mon - Fri 10a - 5p; Sa 10a - 6p; Su 11a - 5p. General admission $16.70, discounts available for seniors, children and military. Great family outing, full of hands-on, interactive science exhibits for kids of all ages.
    Federal Hill food nearby
  • National Postal Museum

    National Postal Museum

    2 Massachusetts Ave NE
    The Smithsonian's own philatelist Shangri-La has one of the world's largest collections of rare stamps, as well as exhibitions of how mail has been delivered throughout history, and other ways that the mail shapes culture.
    Capitol Hill eat nearby
  • Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14

    Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14

    701 7th St NW
    Children: $8, adults: $10.75. The Regal cinema shows all the popular, current movies. Beware, though, that this movie theater is popular among the teens (especially on weekends and in the evenings) who can get rambunctious.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • G-Star Raw

    G-Star Raw

    1666 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Men's and women's denim boutique, specializing in (as you would expect) trendy jeans and jackets.
    Dupont Circle
  • M&T Bank Stadium

    M&T Bank Stadium

    1101 Russell St
    Baltimore's new football team, in the form of the former Cleveland Browns, is wildly popular with locals, especially following their Superbowl win in 2000. As for the stadium itself, known unimpressively as "M&T Bank Stadium," but better referred to "The Bank", "The Nest", "The Asylum," or just "Ravens Stadium," is new as of 1998 and quite nice. For food, be sure to pick up some boardwalk fries. For parking, just don't. It's $40 and game day traffic is emphatically not fun.
    Federal Hill eat nearby
  • World Market

    World Market

    5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
    An odd large store which is a ton of fun to browse, offering all things international, from offbeat home decor, wines, teas, toys, and candies!
    Chevy Chase
  • The Anacostia Community Museum

    The Anacostia Community Museum

    1901 Fort Place SE
    The Smithsonian's least visited museum, far from the Mall, is a small but superbly exhibited tribute to Anacostia and D.C. "East of the River", and also to African-American history.
    Anacostia food nearby
  • Tillinghast Pond Management Area

    Tillinghast Pond Management Area

    Contains various trails, a historical cemetery, and a variety of animals and plants spread across 1,800 acres. Public fishing areas and a canoe launch are available. Open from 1 hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. No horseback riding, pets or biking allowed on trails.
    Ashton Heights eat nearby
  • Nationals Park

    Nationals Park

    1500 South Capitol St SE
    Nationals Park is brand new, having opened just in 2008, and is home of the equally new Washington Nationals baseball team, The Nats. The Nationals, though, have history beyond its latest 2005 beginnings—D.C.'s first baseball franchise from 1891-99 bore the same (interchangeably with the Washington Senators), as did its two other successors throughout the twentieth century. None were very successful though. The first disbanded after nine years with a 0.366 win percentage; the second and third eventually left the city to become the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers. And the modern incarnation was formerly the Montreal Expos. Following in the D.C. tradition, the latest incarnation of the Nats performed progressively worse with each passing year, until 2010, when the team finally started turning itself around, and acquired a bonafide superstar-prodigy in pitcher Stephen Strasburg. The games are fun, and are a great excuse to spend the latter half of a day in the Waterfront District, and to enjoy the new stadium. The stadium is big, with comfy seats, an enormous scoreboard, and happily vendors from venerable D.C. food establishments like Five Guys, Ben's Chili Bowl, and Dogfish Head and Flying Dog Brewery.
    Anacostia restaurants nearby
  • Carter Barron Ampitheater

    Carter Barron Ampitheater

    4850 Colorado Ave
    Concerts/shows only late spring–early fall. Free-$30. This has got to be the most fun, most beloved concert venue in D.C.—a big open air amphitheater off in the woods. What legendary performers haven't performed here? Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Louis Armstrong, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, the National Symphony Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Peter Paul & Mary, and Kool and the Gang have all been here. Several big local festivals call this place home, notably the great, free annual Blues Festival. It was most famously host to the Shakespeare in the Park festival in late summer, until the Shakespeare Theatre Company opted to move the festival to their new building downtown. This is must lamented by locals, as watching Hamlet, for example, deliver his soliloquy in the dark night under the stars, surrounded by the rich natural sounds of Rock Creek Park, is a one of a kind experience, and the festival was considered a requisite Washingtonian event.
    Petworth food nearby
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site

    Clara Barton National Historic Site

    5801 Oxford Rd
    10AM-4PM daily, tours on the hour. Free. See where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, lived the last 15 years of her life.
    eat nearby
  • Peirce Mill

    Peirce Mill

    Tilden St & Beach Dr NW
    A historic water-powered mill in the park and a national historic site, Peirce Mill and restrooms are currently closed to the public for repairs. The restrooms located at Picnic Grove 1 are still open.
    Cleveland Park restaurants nearby
  • Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium

    Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium

    5200 Glover Rd
    Deep inside the park, the Nature Center offers hands-on exhibits, guided nature walks, an "observation beehive," and a full planetarium. Especially good for kids.
    Barnaby Woods food nearby
  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

    605 E St NW
    Law enforcement is probably the most dangerous profession in the U.S., and this monument bears the names of nearly 20,000 officials who lost their lives on the job. A big law enforcement museum is being built underground across the street, but for the time being you'll have only the memorial to walk around.
    Downtown eat nearby
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