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Washington Attractions

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National Mall 4.0 stars
Shopping - #1 of 22
One of the most iconic images of America's capital (other than the White House) is the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. The monument is a part of the National Mall, and it is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. It is ... [more ]
National Museum of Natural History 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #2 of 22
The Natural History museum in Washington D.C. is a part of the Smithsonian Institution; this means not only is it a world-class museum, but it's also free! As a part of the National Mall set of museums, the Natural History museum is one of the ... [more ]
National Archives 3.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #3 of 22
Lovers of history and lovers of America and, to be fair, lovers of old documents should come to the National Archives in Washington D.C. It's the building where America's most precious and important documents are displayed. It's where you can ... [more ]
United States Botanic Garden 3.0 stars
Botanical Garden - #4 of 22
I went here in the winter, which meant that the outdoor gardens were dried and brown. Inside the greenhouse, however, was in full bloom. It was also really warm, which was a welcome change from the weather outside. The greenhouse is ... [more ]
Arlington National Cemetery 4.0 stars
Cemetery - #5 of 22
Over 300,000 people are buried at this military cemetery. As one would expect, it's a huge amount of land and can take a good part of the morning or afternoon to explore. They have options of bus tours, but I set out on foot partly because it ... [more ]
National Gallery of Art 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #6 of 22
I love art museums anyway, so the National Gallery is really exciting for me. This museum has such an extensive collection that it requires two buildings to hold all the art as well as an outdoor sculpture garden. I always try to walk through ... [more ]
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 4.0 stars
Sculpture, Monument, Statue, Memorial Place - #7 of 22
Also known as ‘The Wall’, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial. The park was designed to honor the Americans that served and died in the Vietnam War. ‘The Wall’ is a black granite wall with the names of the people ... [more ]
White House 4.0 stars
Government Building - #8 of 22
If you are going to take a trip to Washington D.C then you should find out how to get to Pennsylvania Avenue from your hotel because that is where the White House is located. It is important to keep in mind that just because the White House is ... [more ]
National Zoological Park 5.0 stars
Zoo, Aquarium - #9 of 22
I’m not a huge animal person, but I have to admit that I love the National Zoo. Like all of the Smithsonian museums, the zoo is free of charge and exceptionally well cared for. The zoo is a good size, with a wide variety of animals and habitats ... [more ]
Newseum 5.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #10 of 22
One of the newest museums in downtown DC is the newsum, which I got to go thanks to a friend. It’s a brand new museum dedicated to news, photographers, and journalism. It also holds two studios for broadcasting live television and radio ... [more ]
Old Post Office Pavillion 5.0 stars
Building - #11 of 22
The Old Post Office usually doesn’t top the ‘To Do’ lists of visitors to Washington, not with all the museums and monuments to be seen. But the Old Post Office is worth a quick trip while you’re doing a tour of The Mall. Located at 1100 ... [more ]
Washington Monument 5.0 stars
Building - #12 of 22
Yes, it is possible to get up inside the Washington Monument. It’s free but you do need tickets, which can be picked up on 15th Street at the Washington Monument Lodge. In the off-tourist season (winter and fall) getting tickets shouldn’t be a ... [more ]
John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 5.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #13 of 22
I went to the Kennedy Center one day to catch a panel discussion that sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it sounded interesting to a lot of people and was full by the time I got there (tip: reserve your tickets ahead of time or show up an hour ... [more ]
National Postal Museum 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #14 of 22
I’ll admit- I thought the Postal Museum was going to be pretty dull. The mail system just doesn’t grab me. I was surprised, however, at how interesting and engaging the displays were. It’s not a huge museum, but there is apparently plenty to ... [more ]
National Air and Space Museum 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #15 of 22
Part of the Smithsonian, the Air and Space Museum is dedicated to all things "flight". And since it's part of the Smithsonian, it's free! There are few museums of thie quality in America that are free! As you walk in, there is a large room ... [more ]
National Portrait Gallery 4.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #16 of 22
One of the Smithsonian’s free museums, the National Portrait Gallery is exactly what it claims to be: a gallery of portraits. From Pocahontas to Elvis to George W Bush, the face of iconic and influential Americans are on display here. Among ... [more ]
Eastern Market 4.0 stars
Market Place - #17 of 22
Eastern Market is the last of DC’s 19th century markets to still be running. The market operates all week (closed on Mondays), but I visited on a weekend, which I hear is livelier. On Saturdays there is a farmers’ market for those interested in ... [more ]
Smithsonian Institution 3.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #18 of 22
I went to the Smithsonian Castle after I had already been to some of the museums, which I realized was the wrong way to do it. The Castle actually serves as the Smithsonian Museums’ information center and is a good jump-off point if you want to ... [more ]
National Museum of American History 3.0 stars
Museum, Gallery, Exhibition - #19 of 22
The Museum of American History is one of the many Smithsonian museums and focuses on several aspects of this country’s history. One of my favorite exhibits was the Transportation section, which brings you through the evolution of transportation ... [more ]
Union Station 3.0 stars
Train Station - #20 of 22
I catch the metro home from Union Station all the time and one day I decided to hold off on the train for a few minutes and go inside. From the outside, Union Station is a beautiful, old granite building and I was pleasantly surprised to ... [more ]
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