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Washington, D.C. Attractions

What to See and Do in
Washington, D.C.

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to the capital.

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WHAT TO SEE & DO WASHINGTON, DC ATTRACTIONS

GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS





Capitol Hill
www.thecapitol.net/MapsAndDirections/capitolhillmap.htm
"The Hill" neighborhood features more than 8,000 historic buildings, from Federal to late Victorian.

Take a tour of the White House in Washington, DC
White House in Washington, DC
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20504
202-707-8000
www.loc.gov
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. It's also the largest library in the world.

United States Botanic Gardens
100 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20024
202-255-8333
www.usbg.gov
An historic building that displays exotic plants.

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
www.whitehouse.gov
The home and seat of the President of the United States of America. Public tours of the White House are available for groups of ten or more people. Visit the website for details.

MONUMENTS

 



Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211
703-607-8000
www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Nearly four million tourists visit annually to pay their respects to fallen American soldiers and various dignitaries. The Cemetery is also famous as the site of the Tomb of the Unknowns and of the Eternal Flame of the Kennedy gravesite. Stop at the Visitors' Center to pick up maps and guidebooks.

Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery

National Mall:
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
-Lincoln Memorial
-Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
-Thomas Jefferson Memorial
-Tidal Basin
-Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
-Washington Monument
202-426-6841
www.nps.gov
Dominating the city's landscape, the Mall is flanked by the city's major museums and at mid-section at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue it features the famous Washington Monument, a dizzying 555-feet high spire with an observation tower at its peak.

MUSEUMS

 



National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20565
202-737-4215
www.nga.gov
Major art museum that also features the National Gallery Sculpture Garden.

The Smithsonian Castle is located in the National Mall in Washington, DC
Smithsonian Castle is located in the National Mall

Smithsonian Institution:

National Museum of American History
14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
202-633-1000

National Museum of Natural History
10th St., and Constitution Ave., NW
202-633-1000

National Air and Space Museum
4th St. and Independence Ave., SW

National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave., SW
202-633-1000

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th St. and Independence Ave., SW
202-633-4674

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
12th St., and Independence Ave., SW
202-633-4880

This vast museum complex and research organization features 19 museums and nine research centers, such as the ones listed above.

www.si.edu

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.mountvernon.org
Its grounds and gardens are picturesque and are ideal for strolling. For a fee, visitors may tour the Mansion house and the numerous outbuildings on the estate.

SHOPPING & ENTERTAINMENT




Chinatown
7th and H Streets, NW
Although developers have gentrified much of the original Chinatown, vestiges of its past are still visible, especially with the colorful gate at 7th and H Streets, NW.

The colorful gate near the Chinatown Metro
The colorful Chinatown gate

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20007
202-289-1908
www.unionstationdc.com
A popular shopping destination with stores that feature everything from books and CDs to lingerie, women's wear, shoes and toys.

Verizon Center
601 F St., NW
202-628-3200
Washington DC, 20004
www.verizoncenter.com
A sports and entertainment facility in downtown Washington, DC featuring a plethora of entertainment, sports and cultural events.


MORE WASHINGTON, DC INFORMATION

* Images courtesy of Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation (WCTC)

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