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What to see in Washington DC

Washington DC Attractions


The bustling and exciting city of Washington DC boasts a number of must-see attractions. Visitors will love the iconic statues, buildings and museums that have become synonymous with Washington DC 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, which is harrowing but hugely worthwhile. 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 nice days, the National Zoo is a great kids' activity in Washington DC, with the giant pandas in particular delighting all visitors. The city's many parks and gardens are also great for running off excess energy and enjoying the beautiful weather in spring and autumn, and 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.


Federal Bureau of Investigation

Officially named the J Edgar Hoover FBI Building, after its notorious long-time director, this rather ugly concrete structure…

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Ford’s Theatre

On April 14th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while watching a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington,…

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International Spy Museum

One of Washington's newest museums, the International Spy Museum is said to feature the largest collection of publicly…

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Kennedy Center

One of the most prestigious performing arts centres in the US, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is…

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Lincoln Memorial

The grandiose Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to the 16th US president, who preserved the Union during the Civil War and…

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National Archives

While looking at historical papers may sound dull compared to some of Washington DC's more 'fun' museums, the National…

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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…

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National Mall

Extending for more than two miles (3km), from the US Capitol to the Potomac River, the tree-lined grassy strip known…

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National Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park, commonly known as the National Zoo, is a great attraction for families on holiday…

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Smithsonian Institution

One of the world's finest research centres, the Smithsonian Institution incorporates 19 excellent museums and galleries…

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US Capitol

The heart of US government is also Washington DC's most prominent landmark, the US Capitol, situated on the top of Capitol…

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US Holocaust Memorial Museum

One of the city's best museums, but also the most disturbing, is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that hauntingly commemorates…

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Washington Monument

In recognition of his leadership in the fight for American independence, George Washington earned the title 'Father of…

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Washington National Cathedral

One of the largest cathedrals in the US, the Washington National Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint…

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White House

The White House has been the private residence and administrative headquarters of every President of the United States…

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