Attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

US Capitol

Since 1800, this is where the legislative branch of American government – ie Congress – has met to write the country's laws. The lower House of Representatives (435 members) and upper Senate (100) meet respectively …
Top Choice Museum in Capitol Hill & South DC

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

For a deep understanding of the Holocaust – its victims, perpetrators and bystanders – this harrowing museum is a must-see. The main exhibit gives visitors the identity card of a single Holocaust victim, whose story…
Top Choice Library in Capitol Hill & South DC

Library of Congress

The world's largest library – with 164 million books, manuscripts, maps, photos, films and other items – awes in both scope and design. The centerpiece is the 1897 Jefferson Building. Gawk at the Great Hall, done up…
Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

Supreme Court

The highest court in the USA sits in a pseudo-Greek temple protected by 13,000lb bronze doors. Arrive early to watch arguments (periodic Monday through Wednesday from October to April). You can visit the permanent e…
Library in Capitol Hill & South DC

Folger Shakespeare Library

Bard-o-philes will be all aflutter here, as the library holds the largest collection of old Billy’s works in the world. Stroll through the Great Hall to see Elizabethan artifacts, paintings, etchings and manuscripts…
Historic Site in Capitol Hill & South DC

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

This brick house, only steps from the US Capitol, may not look like much, but throughout the 20th century it was ground zero for women fighting for their rights. Multimillionaire socialite and suffragist Alva Belmon…
Historic Site in Capitol Hill & South DC

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Escaped slave, abolitionist, author and statesman Frederick Douglass occupied this beautifully sited hilltop house from 1878 until his death in 1895. Original furnishings, books, photographs and other personal belon…
Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Cha-ching! The nation's paper currency is designed and printed here. Guides lead 40-minute tours during which you peer down onto the work floor where millions of dollars roll off the presses and get cut (by guilloti…
Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

Union Station

DC's main rail and bus hub, a 1907 beaux-arts beauty designed by Daniel Burnham, is an eye popper. The Grand Concourse is patterned after the Roman Baths of Diocletian and is awash in marble and gold filigree. Besid…
Museum in Capitol Hill & South DC

National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian-run Postal Museum is way cooler than you might think. Level 1 has exhibits on postal history from the Pony Express to modern times, where you'll see antique mail planes and touching old letters from …