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Washington, D.C. Attractions

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

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Capitol Hill
"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
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
An historic building that displays exotic plants.

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
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.



Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211
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
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.



National Gallery of Art

4th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20565
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

National Museum of Natural History
10th St., and Constitution Ave., NW

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

National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave., SW

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th St. and Independence Ave., SW

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

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

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
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.


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
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
Washington DC, 20004
A sports and entertainment facility in downtown Washington, DC featuring a plethora of entertainment, sports and cultural events.


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

(Updated: 05/09/13 JDM)

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