Top 20 Things to See in Washington, DC

  1. The White House – Official home to the President of the United States and his family and also one of the most famous buildings in the world.
  2. Library of Congress – The largest national library in the world with more than 100 million items in three buildings. They add approximately 12,000 items each working day!
  3. World War II Veterans Memorial – The newest memorial honors the 16 million who served the US Armed Forces during WWII and the more than 400,000 who died.
  4. Vietnam Veterans Memorial – This privately funded memorial has drawn millions who have come to touch the over 50,000 names, make pencil rubbings, and leave flowers, letters, flags, and personal momentos.
  5. The Lincoln Memorial – A stately memorial with a seated Abraham Lincoln where inside you’ll find inscriptions from Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.
  6. The National Archives – The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution are all kept here.
  7. The Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo – 19 Museums containing amazing historical pieces.
  8. The Pentagon and the Pentagon Memorial – Honoring the 184 victims of the September 11 attacks at the Pentagon. At the heart of the memorial, 184 illuminated benches are arranged according to the victim’s ages, from 3-71.
  9. Cherry Blossoms – Planted in 1912 as a gift from the people of Japan, don’t miss the beautiful blooms in late March – early April.
  10. Just outside Washington, DC., Mount Vernon – The country estate along the Potomac River of the first president of the United States, General George Washington.
  11. Embassy Row – Mansions originally built by the elite after the Civil War and many abandoned with the Great Depression. Fortunately, embassies, associations, foundations, and clubs purchased and restored these lovely homes.
  12. Capitol Hill – The seat of American Government.
  13. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – the somber and moving museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photographs, and oral histories.
  14. Arlington National Cemetery – Simple headstones mark the graves of soldiers who have died in every major conflict from the Revolution to the Iraq War. Also, the Tomb of the Unknowns and the graves of John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Robert Kennedy.
  15. Ford’s Theater – Where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth.
  16. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – This long awaited memorial utilizes landscape elements to convey three fundamental and recurring themes of Dr. King’s life: justice, democracy, and hope.
  17. The Washington Monument – One of the most recognized monuments in the United States.
  18. Illuminated Washington – Don’t forget to take a drive around the city at night, the illuminated monuments are simply spectacular.
  19. Union Station – Visited by more than 32 million people a year, it’s Washington’s train station and also has many shops, restaurants, and exhibitions.
  20. Dupont Circle – A hub of shops, art gallieries, and restaurants in Washington, DC’s trendiest neighborhood.