Must-see attractions in Washington, DC

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    Friendship Arch

    Colorful, dragon-decorated Friendship Arch – the largest single-span arch in the world – marks the entrance to DC's Chinatown.

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    Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

    The memorial, DC’s first statue of a black woman, honors the educator and founder of the National Council of Negro Women.

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    Dalghren Chapel

    A pretty little refuge with a quiet courtyard on Georgetown University's campus.

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    C&O Canal Lockkeeper's House

    At the northeast corner of Constitution Gardens, this 1835 stone gatehouse is a remnant of the days when the Washington City Canal flowed through this…

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    Three Servicemen Statue

    In 1982, opponents of Maya Lin’s Vietnam memorial design insisted that a more traditional sculpture be added to the monument. As a result, sculptor…

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    Fort Lesley J McNair

    The army post at Fort McNair was established in 1791. The British burned it in 1814. The Lincoln-assassination conspirators were hanged here in 1865…

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    National Children’s Museum

    The National Children's Museum has been homeless since 2015, but plans are in the works to open in the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center…

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    Vietnam Women's Memorial

    The tree-ringed Vietnam Women's Memorial, showing female soldiers aiding a fallen combatant, was added to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1993.

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    Union Station Plaza

    This grassy space with a large fountain cascade spreads in front of Union Station. The area is also known as Columbus Circle, since the fountain is a…

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    McPherson Square

    Named for Civil War general James B McPherson, who once commanded the Army of Tennessee, this square sports an 1876 statue of McPherson on his horse…

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    Zero Milestone

    Located in the Ellipse, the Zero Milestone is the marker for highway distances all across the country.

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    Adams Building

    One of the Library of Congress' three buildings, this holds 180 miles of shelving and is used mostly by researchers.

  • International Spy Museum

    One of DC’s most popular museums, the International Spy Museum delivers fun, interactive exhibits portraying the flashy, over-the-top world of…