Washington DC Attractions
The bustling and exciting city of
Washington DC contains a multitude of must-see attractions,
including the iconic statues, buildings and museums that have
become synonymous with the capital and have made regular
appearances in TV shows and movies.
The National Mall, lined with important
landmarks, museums, and monuments, is the best place to start.
Iconic attractions along this stately stretch include the
Washington Monument, the White House, the Capitol Building and the
Lincoln Memorial, all musts for history and politics buffs.
Another world-renowned site in this area is
the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a thought provoking and hugely
worthwhile exhibition. Culture lovers will enjoy the National
Gallery of Art and kids of all ages will love the International Spy
Museum. Another popular attraction on any tour of Washington DC is
a drive along Embassy Row.
On sunny days, the National Zoo is a great
kids activity in Washington DC, with rare giant pandas making a
visit particularly memorable. The city's many parks and gardens are
also great for running off excess energy and enjoying the beautiful
weather in spring and autumn. Children will love the cotton-candy
pink Cherry Blossom trees in the Tidal Basin each April.
Visitors intent on lots of sightseeing
should purchase the Washington DC Explorer Pass, which entitles the
bearer to admission to many of the top Washington DC attractions at
reduced rates. However, many of the best things to see in
Washington DC, including the Smithsonian Museums, the National
Archives and Ford's Theatre are free to the public, making
sightseeing in Washington DC a very affordable activity.
Extending for more than two miles (3km), from the US Capitol to the Potomac River, the tree-lined grassy strip known as the National Mall is the central hub for tourists in Washington DC. It's home to the tapering Washington Monument; the Lincoln,... see full details
Sitting atop Capitol Hill with its giant white dome visible from all over the city, the Capitol Building is probably the most prominent landmark in Washington DC. The heart of the US government, it contains the Senate, the House of Representatives, the... see full details
The residence and headquarters of the President of the United States since 1800, the White House sits at the edge of the National Mall. The palatial building has undergone numerous alterations under each incumbent, like the exercise pool for Roosevelt's polio affliction,... see full details
In recognition of his leadership in the fight for American independence, the Washington Monument was built to commemorate the first president of the United States, George Washington. The tallest structure in the city, the gleaming white obelisk offers 360-degree views of some of... see full details
The grandiose Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to the 16th US president, who preserved the Union during the Civil War and ended slavery. In the centre of this temple is a huge marble statue of Abraham Lincoln, staring out over the... see full details
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI Experience, a self-guided tour, is open to the public and explores the Bureau's past and present. The tour takes visitors through crime laboratories and past displays of thousands of confiscated weapons and illegal items seized during narcotics operations. There are... see full details
International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of publicly displayed international espionage artefacts in the world. It is the result of years of planning and advice by former officials of the CIA, FBI and KGB. Interactive exhibits cover the history of... see full details
Nicknamed the nation's attic, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the world's finest research centres, with 17 of its museums and a zoo located in Washington DC. The museums contain collections of historical importance on almost every subject. They include the National... see full details
National Gallery of Art
Two buildings, the West and East Wings, make up the visually stunning National Gallery of Art that is the most popular art museum in North America. Together they house one of the world's leading collections of Western paintings, prints, photographs, graphics, and sculptures... see full details
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Memorial Museum is a memorial to the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. There are three floors, starting with the occupation of Poland, then the Holocaust and finally the aftereffects of the war and... see full details
Ford’s TheatreOn April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while watching a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. He was shot by an actor named John Wilkes Booth who sympathised with the Confederates in the ongoing Civil War. Today, Ford's Theatre is both... see full details
While looking at historical papers may sound dull compared to some of Washington DC's more light-hearted museums, the National Archives is one of the most popular attractions in the city, housing priceless documents from US history, including the Declaration of Independence, the... see full details
Washington National Cathedral
One of the largest cathedrals in the US, the Washington National Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is a magnificent Gothic Revival structure standing 301 feet (91m) tall. The interior is just as grand, with... see full details
One of the most prestigious performing arts centres in the US, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is also its busiest, hosting roughly 2,000 performances each year for an audience totalling nearly two million people in its eight separate... see full details
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park, commonly known as the National Zoo, is a wonderful attraction for families on holiday in Washington DC. As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the zoo has no entry fee and offers visitors the chance to explore 163... see full details
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