Best Places to Visit in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., the United States capitol city, is not as big as most people would like to think. On the list of biggest cities in the U.S. by population it stands at around number 20. However, it's huge when it comes to sightseeing. In the city of less than a million, almost two million come to see it every month. Well, because the city has a lot to offer. You could easily spend a week here and still not see everything. To make it easier for you, we have created a list of important attractions for you to choose from. 

1: The U.S. Capitol Building

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The U.S. Capitol Building, by far, is the most impressive building in Washington D.C. It was built on a hill to give it a prestigious location, hence was called the Capitol Hill. Generally, it’s open to the public Monday through Saturday, 6 days a week. Visiting the building is easy. You can make an online reservation here before your visit. Or most of the time, you can just walk in and still get a free guided tour. If you want to make your visit a bit fancier, you could call your congressman/woman ahead of time and ask for a private tour of the Capitol. Contact your House Representative or Senator here. They do this all the time so don’t hesitate to ask. If the Congress were in session during your tour you could visit the House or Senate gallery and see the action live. You would need to have a gallery pass, one per person in your group. The passes can be obtained through your representative office. You can also your flag flown at the Capitol. Ask your congressman’s staff for more information.  

2: The White House

The residence and the office for the U.S. presidents, the White House, in our opinion, is the second most important attraction and a landmark in Washington, D.C. for visitors. Your trip to Washington isn’t complete without seeing the White House. By seeing the White House, we mean just seeing it from the outside. An inside tour requires an advance planning through your congress representative. Foreigner visitors can try to arrange the inside tour through their embassy. However, the prospects of getting one are very low. If walking is not an issue walk around the entire White House complex. The entire walk around can easily take around 30 minutes. Interestingly, most of the first-time visitors feel that the White House is smaller than what they had expected.  

The president’s public schedule. 

Things to do around the White House. 

3: Lincoln Memorial

Located at the west end of the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial reminds visitors of the sacrifice and the struggle of Abraham Lincoln to preserve and protect the American Union. Without Lincoln, the United States of America wouldn't be as we have it today. There are 36 Doric columns around the marble building and 36 states above these columns, symbolizing the number of states in the American Union by the time civil war ended. There are 48 states at the top of the building, equal to the number of states when the memorial was built. Inside, a 19-foot tall, seated marble statue of Lincoln symbolizes power and authority. It’s like a Greek god seated inside a Greek temple. Standing in front of the memorial and looking at the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building is going to be the most scenic moment of your Washington trip. 

4: Washington Monument

Washington Monument was built in the honor of George Washington, the founding father and the first president of the United States. When built in 1888, it was the tallest structure in the world just for one year. Eifel Tower took this title away in 1889. Being the tallest structure in the city at 555 feet, it’s easily visible from almost anywhere in the city. Seeing it from afar is not however, the same thing as going there, touching and feeling it. Going inside and up is not as easy as we would like it to be, however it 

 would be a nice thing to do. There are 50 flags around it, one for each state. If you look closely, you will find out that it has two visible colors. Its construction was stopped in 1854 due to lack of funding. When it restarted in 1876, they couldn’t find the same stone, hence giving it two visible colors.  

5: World War II Memorial

Located between Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, World War II memorial reminds us the magnitude of sacrifice made during the second world war. Surprisingly however, it doesn’t make you feel as depressed as the Vietnam and the Korean war memorials do. Its columns, wreaths, water fountains, and the views of Lincoln Memorial on one side and Washington Monument on the other are mood uplifting.  

6: Jefferson Memorial

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7: Arlington National Cemetery 

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8: IWO Jima Memorial 

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

9: National Gallery of Art 

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10: National Zoo 

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

11: Natural History  

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

12: Air and Space Museum  

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

13: African American History and Museum  

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

14:National Cathedral  

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

15: Air Force Memorial  

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

16:George Washington Masonic Memorial  

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17:Mount Vernon  

IWO Jima Memorial represents courage, sacrifice, and Valor shown by the U.S. Marines at the island of IWO Jima during the WWII. The memorial is designed after a famous flag-raising picture by the Marines during the war at Mount Suribachi. It's located in Arlington, just about a mile away from DC line.

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