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 Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

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

Decatur House

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

Dumbarton Oaks

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Career diplomat Robert Woods Bliss and his wife, Mildred, bought the property in 1920 and tamed the sprawling grounds into acres of splendid...

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Cedar Hill, the Anacostia home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, was the first Black National Historic Site that Congress designated.

Heurich House Museum

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This opulent Romanesque Revival mansion, also known as the Brewmaster's Castle, was the home of Christian Heurich, a German immigrant...

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

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Long before the age of Paris Hilton, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was the most celebrated socialite of the 20th century,...

Old Stone House

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Washington's oldest surviving building, this fieldstone house in the heart of Georgetown was built in 1765 by a cabinetmaker named Christopher...

President Lincoln's Cottage

  • House/Mansion/Villa

In June 1862 President Lincoln moved from the White House to this Gothic Revival cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home to escape...

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Standing strong on Capitol Hill for more than 200 years, this house witnessed the construction of the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court,...

The Octagon House

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Why this six-sided building is named the Octagon remains a subject of debate. Some say that even though the main room is a circle, it...


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