Washington, D.C.

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  • Capitol

    1. 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

  • Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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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  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    5. 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
  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial


    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

  • 9. 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

    10. 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
  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

    14. 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
  • 15. 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

  • 16. Dumbarton Oaks

    Georgetown | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • Federal Reserve Building

    17. Federal Reserve Building

    Foggy Bottom | Government Building

    This imposing marble edifice, its bronze entryway topped by a massive eagle, was designed by Folger Library architect Paul Cret. Its appearance...Read More

    Federal Reserve Building
  • 18. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

    The Mall | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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

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  • 19. Freer and Sackler galleries

    The Mall | Museum/Gallery

    The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler...Read More

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    20. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    The Mall | Museum/Gallery

    Conceived as the nation's museum of modern and contemporary art, the Hirshhorn is home to nearly 12,000 works by masters who include Alexander...Read More

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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