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 Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

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

District of Columbia War Memorial

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Despite its location and age, visitors often overlook this memorial on the National Mall that President Herbert Hoover dedicated in 1931.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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This 7.5-acre memorial to the 32nd president, on the west side of the Tidal Basin, includes waterfalls and reflecting pools, four outdoor...

Korean War Veterans Memorial

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At the west end of Mall, this memorial to the 1.5 million United States men and women who served in the Korean War (1950–53) highlights...

Lincoln Memorial

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Many consider this to be the most inspiring monument in Washington, but that hasn't always been the case: early detractors thought it...

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

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A "King" now stands tall among the presidents on the National Mall. At the dedication on October 16, 2011, President Barack Obama said,...

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

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These 3-foot-high walls bear the names of 20,267 American police officers killed in the line of duty since 1791. On the third line of...

National World War II Memorial

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This symmetrically designed monument honors the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces, the more than 400,000 who died,...

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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In the 1930s Congress decided that Thomas Jefferson deserved a monument positioned as prominently as those honoring Washington and Lincoln.

United States Navy Memorial

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Although Pierre L'Enfant included a Navy Memorial in his plans for Washington, D.C., it wasn't until 1987 that one was built. The main...


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