The 5 Shiniest DC Attractions

DC may not have the glitz of Times Square or the stars of Hollywood, but it shines plenty brightly in our hearts. These local sights around town are sure
to make your eyes light up—at least with the reflection of their supreme shininess. Got your stylish sunglasses ready?

Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond

While some believe being so shiny is a curse, it mostly appears to have made the Hope Diamond change hands dozens of times, from Marie Antoinette to Turkish sultans. Make a beeline for this 45.52-carat beauty when the Museum of Natural History opens to beat the almost ever-present crowd before enjoying dazzling conversation over one of the many local DC brunch options .

 Leo Villareal Light Tunnel

Leo Villareal Light Tunnel

More than 40,000 glowing LEDs sparkle and fade in rows along the ceiling and curving wall of this 200-foot tunnel buried in the National Gallery of Art. The twinkling lights form patterns and waves that'll make you feel like you're moving at warp speed as you inch along on the moving walkway—freeing up the demands of coordination so you can space out and enjoy the full experience.

Peruvian Gold

Peruvian Gold

The pre-Incans of Peru didn't have a system of currency, but they sure loved the finer things. See their sparkly handiwork at the National Geographic Museum, where $5 million of gold and silver artifacts put on quite a show. The pre-Incans believed gold to be the sweat of the sun—a handy visual to keep in mind the next time someone tells you women glow instead of sweat.

 The Spotlight

The Spotlight

Many shining moments in DC take place on stage, and you won't be wanting for any brilliance or glitter at the National Harbor's Cirque show. Flashy costumes and dazzling displays of light and color punctuate this artistic spectacle, which makes for quite a night out—and provides an opportunity for you to get fancy with your own favorite bits of sparkle.