If and when you find the time to visit our nation’s capitol, pretty much anyone and everyone you talk to will tell you to visit any and all of the Smithsonian-funded museums you can get to. Honestly, that’s solid advice. The Smithsonian Institutes are huge and varied and they house the collected knowledge of our nation, from its highest-level art all the way to Fonzie’s leather jacket. However, if this isn’t your first trip to Washington D.C. or you simply want to wander off the beaten path, you should check out any of these other engaging venues in Washington D.C.
1. International Spy Museum
You know you’ve always wanted to know everything there is to know about spies. Well, the International Spy Museum is your ticket. Located in an appropriately unassuming building in a predominately commercial part of town, the Spy Museum is an expansive modern history of espionage. Learn about different types of spies, the tools they used and the devious methods they employed. A trip through the museum is also a pretty solid primer on the Cold War. Just go through the hidden entrance and fill out your credentials and try not to get excited.