10 Sensational Apps for Having the Best Time in DC

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NPS National Mall
Use the National Park Service's official app to explore 70 cultural and historical sites at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Features include walking directions, site information, recommended tour routes, events, news, and a map with a “Locate me” icon so you will always know where you are. Use the Park Lens augmented reality feature by holding up your device's camera to see identifying labels on all the sites. Just tap a button to send a digital postcard to friends and family from the National Mall. iOS | Android

ANC Explorer
With the Arlington National Cemetery's app, ANC Explorer, you can locate and receive directions to grave sites, events or other points of interest. The app also provides self-guided tours, easy access to general information, and the ability to save searched burial records to a mobile device. iOS | Android

Smithsonian Mobile
This is the digital mobile guide to the Smithsonian that allows visitors to search the collections, access tours, podcasts and other apps. Use augmented reality (AR), "Smithsonian that Way," to discover the behind-the-scenes work of the Smithsonian's museums and more. iOS | Android

Guide to National Statuary Hall Collection of State Statues
This app is a guide to 100 statues at the U.S. Capitol that have been donated by the 50 states to commemorate Americans from all walks of life and chapters of U.S. history. iOS | Android

U.S. Capitol Rotunda
Located in the center of the U.S. Capitol below the Capitol Dome, the beautiful Rotunda has been used for important national events for nearly 200 years, including the lying in state of eminent citizens and dedicating works of art. Use this app to learn about the historic ceremonies that have occurred there and to explore the Rotunda's amazing architecture, commemorative sculptures and historic paintings. iOS | Android

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Guide
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Guide includes all the information you need to prepare for a visit to the U.S. Capitol: information about tours, visitor amenities, locations, hours of operation, watching Congress in session, Exhibition Hall, the Capitol Grounds, the Statue of Freedom, Capitol statues, and security. iOS | Android

United States Holocaust and Memorial Museum
Explore the stories of individuals who experienced the Holocaust through collections of family photographs, personal artifacts, and videos. The free Visit USHMM mobile app lets you create your own itinerary from exhibitions and events specific to the day of your visit. iOS | Android

Your Art
Explore more than 130 extraordinary works by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and others at the National Gallery of Art with the Your Art app. Use the app to listen to audio commentary, find works of art, view maps, and learn about other important visitor information. iOS | Android

National Zoo
The National Zoo app offers an interactive map to the 163-acre national zoo so that you can easily find animal exhibits, restrooms, food amenities and gift shops. There are four self-guided tour options, schedules of daily programming, webcams of the zoo's animals and other information about the animals at the National Zoo. Use the app to add scheduled animal demonstrations and programs to your calendar and to access up-to-the-minute Metro train and NextBus feeds for taking public transportation to and from the Zoo. iOS | Android

Visit Washington DC
The free and highly rated travel app from Dizgo Inc., Visit Washington DC, offers information on booking tours, free things to do, the Metro Stations, a Calendar of the best events to attend, trivia, recommendations on where to eat and more. Use the app to create a personalized itinerary and to save money with promotional offers from local businesses. iOS | Android

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