Take a rapid around-the-world tour—without leaving our nation's capital.

By Jordi Lippe and Jordi Lippe-McGraw
May 05, 2016
Mieko-Y/by Caplio R3 User/Flickr

Traveling around the world can take months, if not years. But there’s one day a year when you can actually visit 40 countries in that sole day. No, there isn't some secret time travel machine floating around out there—we're talking about a special event that takes place annually in Washington, DC, when all the embassies open their doors to the public.

This year’s event, taking place May 7, with feature more than 40 embassies from countries like Afghanistan, all the way to Venezuela. Admission is free and many are within walking distance of each other.

And what’s a visit to a new country without tasting its food and picking up some souvenirs? Visitors are treated to food vendors, art shows, dance performances, and fashion displays from the various countries to get an authentic taste of each destination. According to the official site, “In the past, visitors have been treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations.”

All embassies are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and Embassies on International Drive are larger and often have shorter lines than those on Embassy Row. You must provide photo ID for admission.