Sights & Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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Name Category Location
 
American Red Cross
The national headquarters for the American Red...
Architectural Sites The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Anderson House
A palatial home that's a surprise even to many...
Houses / Mansions Dupont Circle
 
Art Museum of the Americas
Changing exhibits highlight modern and...
Museums / Galleries The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Paper money has been printed here since 1914,...
Government Buildings The Mall
 
C&O Canal
George Washington was one of the first to advance...
Parks Washington, D.C.
 
Corcoran Gallery of Art
In April 2014, Washington's oldest privately...
Museums / Galleries The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)
The Beaux Arts-style Memorial Continental Hall...
Museums / Galleries The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Decatur House on Lafayette Square
Home to the National Center for White House...
Houses / Mansions The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Department of Agriculture
Although there's not a lot to see inside, this...
Government Buildings Suburban Virginia
 
Department of State
U.S. foreign policy is administered by...
Government Buildings The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Department of the Interior
The outside of the building is plain, but...
Government Buildings The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
District of Columbia War Memorial
Despite its location and age, visitors often...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Dumbarton Oaks
Career diplomat Robert Woods Bliss and his wife,...
Houses / Mansions Georgetown
 
East Potomac Park
This 328-acre finger of land extends south of the...
Parks Washington, D.C.
 
Federal Reserve Building
This imposing marble edifice, its bronze entryway...
Government Buildings The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Folger Shakespeare Library
The collection of works by and about Shakespeare...
Arts / Performance Venues, Libraries Capitol Hill
 
Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
The events that took place here on the night of...
Museums / Galleries, Arts / Performance Venues, Architectural Sites, Historic Districts / Sites Downtown
 
Fort Reno Park
At 429 feet above sea level, this highest...
Parks Washington, D.C.
 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
This 7.5-acre memorial to the 32nd president...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Cedar Hill, the Anacostia home of abolitionist...
Historic Districts / Sites Anacostia
 
The Freer and Sackler galleries
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
Glover-Archbold Park
Groves of beeches, elms, and oaks flourish at...
Parks Washington, D.C.
 
Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center
Pick up brochures and maps of the neighborhood...
Information Centers U Street Corridor
 
Heurich House Museum
This opulent Romanesque Revival mansion, also...
Museums / Galleries Dupont Circle
 
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
Long before the age of Paris Hilton, cereal...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions, Gardens / Arboretums Upper Northwest
 
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Conceived as the nation's museum of modern and...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
Historic Congressional Cemetery
Established in 1807 "for all denomination of...
Cemeteries Capitol Hill
 
International Spy Museum
It's believed that there are more spies in...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
Korean War Veterans Memorial
This memorial to the 1.5 million United States...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Kreeger Museum
The cool white domes and elegant lines of this...
Museums / Galleries Upper Northwest
 
Library of Congress
The largest library in the world has more than...
Libraries Capitol Hill
 
Lincoln Memorial
Many consider the Lincoln Memorial the most...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Madame Tussauds
A branch of the famous London-based waxworks...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
The Mall
America's "town green"—that might be the best...
Pedestrian Malls The Mall
 
Marian Koshland Science Museum
Part of the National Academy of Sciences, this...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial
A "King" now stands tall among the presidents on...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
National Air and Space Museum
This is the country's most visited museum,...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
National Archives
Monument, museum, and the nation's memory, the...
Museums / Galleries, Libraries The Mall
 
National Building Museum
Architecture, design, landscaping, and urban...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
National Children's Museum
Located at Maryland's National Harbor, this...
Washington, D.C.
 
National Gallery of Art, East Building
The East Building opened in 1978 in response to...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
National Gallery of Art, West Building
The two buildings of the National Gallery hold...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
National Geographic Museum
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic...
Museums / Galleries Dupont Circle
 
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
These 3-foot-high walls bear the names of 20,267...
Memorials / Monuments Penn Quarter
 
National Museum of American History
The 3 million artifacts and archival...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
National Museum of Crime and Punishment
America's history of crime and the judicial...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
National Museum of Natural History
This is one of the world's great natural history...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian's newest museum, opened in 2004,...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Founded in 1987, this is the only major museum in...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
National Portrait Gallery
The intersection of art, biography, and...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
National World War II Memorial
This symmetrically designed monument honors...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Newseum
The setting, in a dramatic glass-and-silver...
Museums / Galleries Downtown
 
The Octagon House
Why this six-sided building is named the Octagon...
Houses / Mansions The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Old Stone House
Washington's oldest surviving building, this...
Houses / Mansions Georgetown
 
Pentagon Memorial
Washington's own "9/11 memorial" honors the 184...
Memorials / Monuments Suburban Virginia
 
Pershing Park
A quiet, sunken garden and fountain honors...
Parks Washington, D.C.
 
Phillips Collection
The first museum of modern art in the country,...
Museums / Galleries Dupont Circle
 
President Lincoln's Cottage
In June 1862 President Lincoln moved from the...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions Upper Northwest
 
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
At over 3 million square feet, this is the...
Government Buildings Downtown
 
Saint John Paul II National Shrine
Dedicated to the life and legacy of Saint John...
Religious Sites Capitol Hill
 
Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
Standing strong on Capitol Hill for more than 200...
Houses / Mansions Capitol Hill
 
Smithsonian American Art Museum
From Georgia O'Keeffe's stunning Yellow Calla...
Museums / Galleries, Arts / Performance Venues, Libraries Downtown
 
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
A pioneer in the community museum movement,...
Museums / Galleries Anacostia
 
Smithsonian Castle Information Center
The original home of the Smithsonian...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
This unique underground building houses stunning...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The National Museum of Natural History has the...
Museums / Galleries Capitol Hill
 
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
The National Zoo has much to offer in addition to...
Zoos / Aquariums Washington, D.C.
 
The Supreme Court
It wasn't until 1935 that the Supreme Court got...
Government Buildings Capitol Hill
 
Textile Museum
This 46,000-sq-ft. museum, which recently...
Museums / Galleries Dupont Circle
 
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
In the 1930s Congress decided that Thomas...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Tidal Basin
This placid pond was part of the Potomac until...
Parks, Bodies of Water, Viewpoints, Promenades / Boardwalks, Festivals Washington, D.C.
 
Treasury Building
Once used to store currency, this is the largest...
Government Buildings The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Tudor Place
Stop at Q Street between 31st and 32nd streets;...
Houses / Mansions Georgetown
 
United States Air Force Memorial
Three stainless-steel, asymmetrical spires slice...
Memorials / Monuments Suburban Virginia
 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This museum asks visitors to consider how the...
Museums / Galleries The Mall
 
United States Navy Memorial
Although Pierre L'Enfant included a Navy...
Memorials / Monuments Downtown
 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
"The Wall," as it's commonly called, is one of...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Washington Monument
The 555-foot, 5-inch Washington Monument...
Memorials / Monuments The Mall
 
Washington National Cathedral
Construction of the sixth-largest cathedral in...
Religious Sites Upper Northwest
 
Washington Navy Yard
A 115-acre historic district with its own street...
Military Sites, Historic Districts / Sites, Marinas / Piers, Government Buildings Capitol Hill
 
West Potomac Park
Between the Potomac and the Tidal Basin, this...
Parks Washington, D.C.
 
The White House
America's most famous house was designed in...
Government Buildings The White House Area and Foggy Bottom
 
Woodrow Wilson House
President Wilson and his second wife, Edith...
Museums / Galleries, Houses / Mansions Dupont Circle

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