Attractions

Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular Smithsonian museums. Everyone flocks to see the Wright brothers' flyer, Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis, Amelia Earhart's natty red…
Top Choice Monument in National Mall

Lincoln Memorial

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

Washington National Cathedral

This Gothic cathedral, as dramatic as its European counterparts, blends both the spiritual and the profane in its architectural treasures. The stained-glass windows are stunning (check out the 'Space Window' with an…
Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Opened in 2016, the Smithsonian's newest museum covers the diverse African American experience and how it helped shape the nation. The collection includes everything from Harriet Tubman's hymnal to Emmett Till's cas…
Top Choice Landmark in Capitol Hill & South DC

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 Landmark in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

White House

The 'President's House' was built between 1792 and 1800. If you're lucky enough to get inside on a public tour, you'll see several rooms in the main residence, each rich in presidential lore. Tours must be arranged …
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 Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture

If you only visit one art museum in DC, make it the Reynolds Center, which combines the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. There is, simply put, no better collection of American art in the world …
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…
Top Choice 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…