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Things to Do and Attractions in Washington, DC

As the Nation's Capital, DC offers visitors places to visit loaded with interesting history, notable landmarks, scenic beauty, and a vibrant energy only a bustling city can produce. From intriguing museums, government buildings, and historic landmarks to picturesque parks, eclectic shops, family attractions, and fabulous dining, visitors can explore our Nation's Capital for a one-of-a-kind experience they'll always remember.

The White House

Home to the President of the United States, this iconic mansion features six levels housing the executive residence, government offices, and operations facilities and boasts over 100 rooms and has an onsite visitors center
Category: Attractions
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC 20500

Lincoln Memorial

Erected to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, it was completed in 1922, and features a stunning, neoclassical architectural style that is reminiscent of ancient Greek temples.
Category: Attractions
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, Northwest, Washington, DC 20037

Kennedy Center

In tribute to President John F. Kennedy and his support of the arts in America, the center is a performing arts venue that offers free events every day.
Category: Attractions
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
800-444-1324 / 202-467-4600

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Dedicated in 2011, the attraction honors the memory of America's most famous civil rights leader of the 20th century and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Category: Attractions
1964 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Smithsonian Museum

There are 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC that bring art, science, and history to the public. They all offer free admission, too.
Category: Family / Kids
1000 Jefferson Dr., Washington, DC 20013-7012

Washington Monument

As one of the most recognizable landmarks in Washington, DC, the attraction obelisk was erected in 1884 in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Category: Attractions
2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

National Mall

The National Mall and Memorial Parks is often the site of festivals and events. It's also a park with several memorials to important U.S. presidents, leaders, and military actions.
Category: Activities
Washington, DC 20560

Arlington Cemetery

Across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial, the cemetery is the final resting place for military service members who have given their lives to their country, including President Kennedy.
Category: Attractions
1 Memorial Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22211-1304

National Zoo

The National Zoo was founded in 1889 and features more than 2,000 animals, including giant pandas, bears, large reptiles, gorillas, elephants, turtles, and tigers. Admission to the Zoo is free.
Category: Activities, Family / Kids
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

The Phillips Collection

Peruse a collection of classic and modern art at this unique museum that features small, intimate galleries, Sunday concerts, and evening programming in a historic mansion location.
Category: Attractions
1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Library Of Congress

The largest repository of creative works in the world, the library is a research institution founded in 1800. The public is welcome to visit and become library users.
Category: Attractions
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

National World War II Memorial

The Memorial is one of the newest Memorials; dedicated on May 29th, 2004. It honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the US. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall's central axis.
Category: Attractions
17th Street Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20006
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