March 28, 2023

The District of Columbia, on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, was set aside as the country's capital so that the central government would not be located in any single state. National symbols such as the Capitol and the White House are nearby to visitors, along with dozens of other tourist attractions, which include world-class museums and important monuments. Plan your trip to the nation's capital with this list of the top attractions in Washington, D.C.

1. United States Capitol and Capitol Hill


Description: The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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The inner is splendid with frescoes, reliefs, and paintings, especially the building under the great cast-iron dome with a ceiling painting by Constantino Bromide and huge images of scenes from American history on the walls. Beside it is the former Chamber of the House of Representatives, with statues of foremost historical figures.

2. The Lincoln Memorial

Description: Marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln at the the Lincoln Memorial

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The best-loved of all Washington's memorials, the Lincoln Memorial stands at the far end of the mall, detached from the Washington Monument by the Reflecting Pool. At its centre is a 19-foot marble statue of a seated and pensive President Abraham Lincoln surrounded by 36 columns, one for each of the states that was at the time of Lincoln's death. This is the most famous work intended by noted sculptor Daniel Chester French people. Jules Guerin painted the murals on the inside walls, showing important events in Lincoln's life.


Description: The Lincoln Memorial

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The Lincoln Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech from the commemorative steps in 1963, again creating  history here.

Go to this and other Mall monuments is one of the favourite things to do in Washington, D.C. at night. The memorials are all lighted, and many, like the Lincoln Memorial, are open 24 hours.

3. National Mall and Veterans Memorials

Description: World War II Memorial

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World War II Memorial

The roomy band of lawns and pools that forms a wide greenway from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial is also the site of many of Washington's landmark buildings and memorials. Most protuberant at its centre point is the Washington Monument, and war monuments include those to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

Description: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

If you look at a Washington, D.C. magnetisms map, you will notice that many of them line the National Mall, so you're likely to spend a lot of time here. Along with providing a park for walking, running, and have a picnic, the Mall is a place for revels and festivals.

On summer twilights, you can often find military bands performing at sites along the mall. The US Navy Band has concerts at the Capitol steps supervising the Mall on Mondays and on Tuesdays at Navy Memorial.

4. The White House

Description: The White House

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The White House

The White House is the authorized residence of the Leader of the United States. The home of every president except George Washington, it was initially built by James Hoban in 1792, and after being burned down by British forces in 1814 was rebuilt in 1818.

Though tours of the interior that include the East, Blue, Green, and Red Rooms; the Dance Hall; and the State Dining Room must be reserved well in advance through your Congressional office or embassy, every tourist to Washington will want to see this iconic building, at least from the outdoor.

5. The Washington Monument

Description: The Washington Monument

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The Washington Monument

Washington Monument is a familiar icon of the National Mall, and a beautiful vision, especially when reflected in the long Sparkly Pool at its foot. Construction of the obelisk to honour the nation's first president did not proceed easily.

You can still see the distinct stages of its building by three changes in the colour of its facing stones; inside are etched stones from states, cities, foreign countries, individuals, and public groups, many of them givers who helped in its isolated funding phases.

6. National Air and Space Museum

Description: National Air and Space Museum

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National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Gallery is one of the world's most popular museums, with a group of history-making air and spacecraft that comprises the original 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the first plane to fly solo crossways the Atlantic Ocean.

Permanent and changing exhibitions exemplify the science, history, and technology of aviation and space flight, covering topics like the use of air power in both world wars, the space race, trip inventers, and latest flight and space knowledge.

7. National Gallery of Art

Description: The West Building of the National Gallery of Art

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Contained in two distinct constructions linked by a tunnel, the National Gallery of Art is one of the world's premier art museums and one of the most prevalent in the U.S. Based on the sizable collection of financier and later Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, its large and diverse collection includes masterpieces of European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.


Description: East Wing of the National Gallery of Art

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Also, part of the Smithsonian Organization and situated on the mall are the two galleries that comprise the National Museum of Asian Art. 

The National Museum of African Art displays thousands of objects representing the diverse artistic styles through the African continent, counting sculptures, masks, costumes, household objects, and ceramics. All of these Smithsonian institutions are among the many free things to do in Washington, D.C.

8. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

Near the Smithsonian galleries, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum documents, studies, and understands the history of the Holocaust with the double purpose of honouring the victims and helping the world to challenge hatred and prevent killing.