What to Do in DC in November
This post covers the top things to do in November in Washington, DC (updated for 2020), including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.
Be sure to read our master post on things to do in DC for even more ideas.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO
This section covers our top ten list of things to do in DC for November.
For more ideas on favorite things to do in DC, check out the following posts:
Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist attraction discount pass.
1) Honor Veterans
DC has a number of special places to visit on Veteran’s Day to honor all those who are and have served in our Armed Forces.
At the time of writing, Arlington Cemetery was not open to visitors, and while this is a popular and fitting way to honor fallen veterans it won’t be possible for 2020 unless the cemetery re-opens.
You can still visit the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the WW2 Memorial to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at one of the war memorials on your own, or see them all on our National Mall tour
2) Watch Planes Take Off and Land from Gravelly Point Park
Aircraft enthusiasts flock to Gravelly Point Park which is adjacent to Reagan National Airport.
Accessible via bike trail or car parking lot, the grassy park is so close to the airport that planes flying in have their wheels down and are only seconds away from touchdown.
Grab a lawn blanket on a nice day and enjoy the view!
For even more budget-friendly ideas, check out our post on free things to do in DC.
3) Take a Sightseeing Tour!
Our guided walks are a great way to see the city. For 2020, we are focusing on paid private and small group tours that allow us to offer the best experience with safety protocols in place.
Check out our homepage to see what we have available when you are here.
4) Zoo Lights
Zoo Lights is a free annual event hosted by the National Zoo.
For 2020, Zoo Lights is hitting the road and taking their Santa Claws display on the road. Select dates will see them in various DC Neighborhoods.
For more nighttime activities, visit our post on things to do at night in DC.
5) Shop Black Friday
Don’t forget that the day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday–a great chance to support independently owned local business.
9) Celebrate Thanksgiving
Spend this classic American holiday in the city!
Keep your eyes out for special Thanksgiving restaurant menus if you’d rather not cook your own turkey, run the calories off at the Turkey Trot after, or consider volunteering to brighten someone else’s holiday.
10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass
Tourist attraction discount passes bundle together many popular attractions and tours into one discounted price and can save you over 50%.
They also can save you time with skip-the-ticket-line privileges.
Attractions you can see with these passes include:
- CitySights Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- International Spy Museum
- Madame Tussauds
- The Capital Ferris Wheel
- George Washington’s Home
We detail how these passes work and help you decide which, if any, is best for you.