Washington, D.C.

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  • C&O Canal

    1. C&O Canal

    Georgetown | Park/Playground

    George Washington was one of the first to advance the idea of a canal linking the Potomac with the Ohio River across the Appalachians. Work...Read More

    C&O Canal
  • Capitol

    2. Capitol

    Capitol Hill | Government Building

    Beneath the Capitol's magnificent dome, the day-to-day business of American democracy takes place: senators and representatives debate, coax...Read More

    Capitol
  • Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

    3. Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The events that took place here on the night of April 14, 1865, shocked the nation. During a performance of Our American Cousin, John Wilkes...Read More

    Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
  • National Archives

    4. National Archives

    The Mall | Library/Archive

    Monument, museum, and the nation's memory, the National Archives, headquartered in a grand marble edifice on Constitution Avenue, preserves...Read More

    National Archives
  • National Portrait Gallery

    5. National Portrait Gallery

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The intersection of art, biography, and history is illustrated here through images of men and women who have shaped U.S. history. There are...Read More

    National Portrait Gallery
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  • Newseum

    6. Newseum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The setting, in a dramatic glass-and-silver structure on Pennsylvania Avenue, smack between the White House and the Capitol, is a fitting location...Read More

    Newseum
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  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    7. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    Upper Northwest | Zoo/Aquarium

    Carved out of wooded hills in Rock Creek Park, The National Zoo houses 1,800 animals, representing 300 species, in innovative compounds showing...Read More

    Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • The Mall

    8. The Mall

    The Mall | Park/Playground

    America's "town green"—that might be the best short description of this fabled strip of Washington, D.C., the heart of almost every visitor...Read More

    The Mall
  • Tidal Basin

    9. Tidal Basin

    The Mall | Promenade/Boardwalk

    The Tidal Basin is the setting for memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and George Mason. ...Read More

    Tidal Basin
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  • Washington National Cathedral

    10. Washington National Cathedral

    Upper Northwest | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Construction of the sixth-largest cathedral in the world began in 1907, and what is officially known as the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and...Read More

    Washington National Cathedral
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  • 11. American Red Cross

    White House area | Building/Architectural Site

    The national headquarters for the American Red Cross, a National Historic Landmark since 1965, is composed of four buildings. Guided tours show...Read More

  • 12. American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

    Dupont Circle | House/Mansion/Villa

    The palatial Gilded Age Anderson House is the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation's oldest historical organization promoting...Read More

  • 13. American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    After 16 years of planning and an $80 million fund-raising campaign, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opened in late 2014 on...Read More

  • 14. Art Museum of the Americas

    White House area | Museum/Gallery

    Changing exhibits highlight modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists in this small gallery, part of the Organization of...Read More

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    15. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    The Mall | Government Building

    Paper money has been printed here since 1914, when the bureau relocated from the redbrick-towered Auditors Building at the corner of 14th Street...Read More

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • 16. Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)

    White House area | Museum/Gallery

    The beaux arts–style Memorial Continental Hall was the site of the DAR's annual congress until the larger Constitution Hall was built, and now...Read More

  • 17. Decatur House

    White House area | House/Mansion/Villa

    Home to the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, located across from the White House, this was the first and last private...Read More

  • 18. Department of Agriculture

    The Mall | Government Building

    Although there's not a lot to see inside, this gargantuan complex does have a one-room visitor center with a historical timeline, photo displays...Read More

  • Department of State

    19. Department of State

    Foggy Bottom | Government Building

    U.S. foreign policy is administered by battalions of brainy analysts in the huge Department of State building (often referred to as the State...Read More

    Department of State
  • 20. Department of the Interior

    White House area | Government Building

    The outside of the building is plain, but inside a wealth of art, contained in two separate collections, reflects the department's work. The...Read More

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