Washington, D.C. Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Washington, D.C. - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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American Red Cross

  • Building/Architectural Site

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

American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

  • House/Mansion/Villa

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

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...

Art Museum of the Americas

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

  • Government Building

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

C&O Canal

  • 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.

Capitol

  • Government Building

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

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)

  • 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,...

Decatur House

  • 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...

Department of Agriculture

  • 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...

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