If you’re planning a trip to the nation’s capital, why not try something different by putting a twist on your standard sightseeing expedition.
Here are some fun Washington DC scavenger hunt ideas to do while you’re there, including a list of things to see and do.
Here’s how to plan it:
- Scavenger hunt list (see below for ideas)
- Camera (cellphone cameras are fine)
- Map of Washington DC
None, other than to research some of the tourist attractions to visit if you didn’t want to use the list below.
Split the group into smaller teams, unless you’re planning on doing this as a group activity or as a family.
Give them the resources that are listed above, along with some cash for the items and activities if there are any that will cost money.
Arrange a finishing time and location (if separating out), then go off hunting in DC!
If playing this competitively, make it a photo scavenger hunt where players take photos of all the items / tourist attractions as proof that they completed each one.
Washington DC Scavenger Hunt List
The capital is a huge place, with loads to see and do. A scavenger hunt list could therefore be endless, but here are 20 key things you could include:
- White House
- Smithsonian Museum
- US Capitol
- Lincoln Memorial
- Jefferson Memorial
- Washington Monument
- National Gallery Of Art
- National Air & Space Museum
- National Museum of Natural History
- National Mall
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Ford’s Theatre
- Nationals Park
- Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
- National Aquarium
- Reflecting Pool
- Washington National Cathedral
- United States Botanic Garden
- Potomac River
- Madame Tussauds
Visiting DC can be expensive, especially when paying for entrance fees, food, transport, etc. One way to save money is to check Groupon for deals and discounts in the weeks leading up to your trip.
If you’re playing this scavenger hunt competitively, get some kind of souvenir as a prize for the winner (or give them a certain budget and allow them to pick a souvenir themselves).