Washington DC Attractions

The center of American politics and one of the world's most influential cities, Washington DC is packed with memorials, historical buildings and rich cultural experiences. Most of the district's must-sees are clustered around the Mall, a two mile-long park with the Capitol at one end, the Lincoln Memorial at the other, with the White House, Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian in-between. Beyond the Mall, there are countless hiking trails and parks, like Rock Creek Park. Take advantage of DC's abundant green spaces without ever leaving the city limits. Consider visiting one of the city's dozens of theaters presenting both classics and new productions, like the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage, or perhaps plan a unique and fun family activity, like touring the city with the DC Ducks - sure to be a children's favorite. These are just part of an ever-increasing list of "must-sees" - the things you should experience in order to get a sense of what Washington is all about. Why, if you're a lobbyist, you could even buy yourself a congressman!

Lincoln Memorial

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900 Ohio Drive Southwest
National Mall & Memorial Park

An inspiring and symbolic landmark, with a sweeping view of the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument... read more

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (FDR)

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900 Ohio Drive Southwest

A poignant monument to FDR, America's leader during World War II... read more

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National Building Museum

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401 F Street Northwest
(between 4th & 5th streets)

The majestic architectural museum contains exhibits to please adults and children alike... read more

The White House

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1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Visitor entrance gate at E St. and E. Executive Ave

Visit the home of the US President; limited tours available... read more

Washington Monument

15th Street South west
Directly south of the White House, on 15th St., between Madison Dr. and Constitution Ave. NW

Plan ahead to see the view from atop DC's tallest structure... read more

Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and F Streets, N.W.

Showcasing three centuries of American Art...
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Rock Creek Park

5200 Glover Road Northwest

A capital forest... read more

Family Theater Kennedy Center

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW

This Northwest DC theater, while catering to kids, provides a fun experience for the entire family... read more

Arena Stage

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1101 6th Street Southwest

One of DC's most respected and innovative theaters has a new home on the Southwest Waterfront... read more

DC Ducks

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Union Station

See DC on land and on sea with this quirky tour company... read more

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Biking the Monuments

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Enjoy a number of monuments along this scenic loop... read more

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A Christmas Carol

Ford's Theater
511 10th Street NW

One of the season's most enduring stories is performed with passion at the famous Ford's theater... read more

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th and C Street SW

Watch money being made during a free tour at this downtown building... read more

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African-American Civil War Memorial

1000 U Street NW

Memorial to African-American Civil War heroes, with visitor's center... read more

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Billygoat Trail

Drink in the sights and sounds along this 4-mile circuit, which varies in intensity and is a favorite among area hikers... read more

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U.S. Capitol Building

East Capitol Street

Tour the iconic home of America's Congress and Senate... read more

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National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall

17th and M Street North West

Explore the world at this iconic organization's headquarters... read more

Jefferson Memorial

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Washington D.C., District of Columbia
On Ohio Dr. SW, at the south shore of the Tidal Basin, in West Potomac Park

No visit to the Mall is complete without stopping by this monument to one of the country's best-known presidents... read more

National World War II Memorial

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National Mall
On 17th St., near Constitution Ave. NW

A sweeping, airy memorial on the National Mall...
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Folger Shakespeare Library

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201 E. Capitol St. SE

Library, museum and theater given as a gift by the Folger family and commemorating the great playwright... read more
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