You stroll around the grounds, staring up at its towering magnificence. You’ve seen it your whole life on national news reports and in establishing shots on your favorite political dramas, but never before have you laid eyes on it up close. As you stand on your tippy toes, trying to steal a glimpse of the obelisk’s peak, you realize that you’re far more impressed with the Washington Monument than you expected. At 555 feet (and 5 inches), this is the tallest structure in city, a fact that’s plain as day to visitors who take the monument’s elevator to its observation deck. Not only are stunning views of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial available from up there, but the entire city is yours to behold.
As you take a moment to appreciate the man whom this monument honors, you feel a sense of patriotism swell within you. You’re forever grateful for our country’s father for founding the Land of the Free, and—thanks to pet-friendly hotels in Washington, D.C. —you’re just as thankful for being able to explore his namesake city with your four-legged friend.
Can you see Washington, D.C. in a day with your pet?
Depending on how ambitious you are and what you’d like to accomplish while in Washington, the city’s small size makes it easy to check many items off your “must see” list in under a day. And although plenty of Washington, D.C. pet-friendly hotels allow you to leave man’s best friend behind while you explore the city, there’s no reason not to take your cuddly companion with you when animals are welcome at so many local attractions. Here are three of the many dog-friendly destinations you can enjoy in a day:
The National Mall: At 2 miles in length, it serves as the perfect setting for a stroll, and so long as you keep your pet on a leash, you can explore the grounds of all the Mall’s monuments and museums, including:
- The Smithsonian Institute Building
- National Museum of American History
- National Gallery of Art
- National Museum of Natural History
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Art and Industries Building
- Freer Gallery of Art
- U.S. National Arboretum: Not only does this tree museum offer free admission year round, but leashed pets are welcome to join you as further your education about flora.
- Smithsonian Gardens: With very few exceptions, pets are permitted in all of the gardens found on the famed institute’s grounds.
Wondering what to eat in Washington, D.C. with your pet in town?
There more than four-score and seven dog-friendly dining options on the streets surrounding the seat of the U.S. government. Here are a few of the most popular restaurants for you and your quadrupedal companions:
- Cafe Ole Mediterranean Bistro: hummus, gazpacho, and more than two dozen tapas ideal for sharing
- Jackson 20: colonial-era offerings made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients
- Art & Soul: a Southern-style al fresco experience with a sprawling outdoor patio
Whether you can’t wait to explore national monuments, or if you’d rather spend your time in the wilderness surrounding the nation’s capital, Travelocity makes it easy for you to book dog-friendly hotels in Washington, D.C. We’ve got unbeatable rates on the best rooms in town, including at The Embassy Row Hotel and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C. Book your stay today and you’ll be strolling along the Potomac before you know it.