History Attractions in Washington DC

One of the chief reasons travelers visit Washington, DC, is to see all of the historic attractions on offer. From the Revolutionary and Civil Wars to landmark marches on the National Mall, history was made in Washington, DC, even before its actual founding. In fact the Georgetown neighborhood and Old Town Alexandria - both included in our best list - existed even before the map for the District of Columbia was drawn.

Mount Vernon, the sprawling estate of founding father George Washington, tops our list, because what better way to learn about the history of the city than to visit the home of its namesake? Also on the list are several major attractions on the tourist trail, such as the U.S. Capitol Building and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as little-known landmarks like the Old Stone House, the oldest building in Washington, and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the home of the famed abolitionist.

Indeed, Washington, DC, has so many historic attractions and memorials, we had to leave some sights off of the list. You can be sure, however, that if you like your travels tempered with tales of the past, a trip to Washington will satisfy you with historic highlights at almost every turn.

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Mount Vernon

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

George Washington's home... read more

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

900 Ohio Drive, Southwest
Northeast of the Lincoln Memorial, east of Henry Bacon Dr. (btw. 21st and 22nd sts. NW, on the Constitution Ave. NW side of the Mall)

A powerful war memorial... read more

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M Street and Wisconsin Avenue

Washington's oldest neighborhood... read more

Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery
Just across the Memorial Bridge from the base of the Lincoln Memorial

Powerful, breathtaking US military cemetery on 200 acres... 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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U.S. Capitol Building

East Capitol Street

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

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

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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1411 W Street, Southeast

Visit the famed abolitionist's home in Southeast...
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Old Stone House

3051 M Street Northwest

A touch of Georgetown history... read more
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