Attractions

Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Museum of African American History and Culture

This sensational museum covers the diverse African American experience and how it helped shape the nation. Start downstairs in the sobering 'Slavery and Freedom' exhibition and work your way up to the community and …
Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Gallery of Art

Two buildings. Hundreds of masterpieces. Infinite enjoyment. The neoclassical West Building showcases European art through to the early 1900s; highlights include works by da Vinci, Manet, Monet and Van Gogh. The IM …
Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Air and Space Museum

The legendary exhibits at this hugely popular museum include the Wright brothers' flyer, Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis, Howard Huges' H-1 Racer and Amelia Earhart's natty red plane.…
Top Choice Monument in National Mall

Lincoln Memorial

Anchoring the Mall's west end is the hallowed shrine to Abraham Lincoln, who gazes across the Reflecting Pool beneath his neoclassical, Doric-columned abode. The words of his Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural …
Top Choice Monument in National Mall

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Lin's design for this hugely evocative memorial takes the form of a black, low-lying 'V' – an expression of the psychic scar wrought by the Vietnam War. The monument descends into the earth, with the names of t…
Museum in National Mall

National Museum of Natural History

Arguably the most popular of the Smithsonian museums, so crowds are pretty much guaranteed. Wave to Henry, the elephant who guards the rotunda, then zip to the 2nd floor’s Hope Diamond, a 45.52-karat bauble that is …
Museum in National Mall

National Museum of American History

Containing all kinds of artifacts of the American experience, this museum has as its centerpiece the flag that flew over Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 – the same flag that inspired Francis Scott Ke…
Monument in National Mall

Washington Monument

Peaking at 555ft (and 5in) and comprised of 36,000 blocks of stone, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in the district. It took so long to build that the original quarry ran out; note the delineation in…
Museum in National Mall

Freer-Sackler Museums of Asian Art

This is a lovely spot in which to while away a Washington afternoon. Japanese silk scrolls, smiling Buddhas, rare Islamic manuscripts and Chinese jades are exhibited in cool, quiet galleries in two galleries connect…
Waterfront in National Mall

Tidal Basin

The 2-mile stroll around this constructed inlet incorporates the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson memorials as well as the Floral Library. It's a lovely way to spend a couple of hours – just watch out …