DC’s dinky Chinatown is anchored on 7th and H Sts NW. It was once a major Asian American entrepôt, but today most Asian Americans in the Washington area live in the Maryland or Virginia suburbs. That said, Chinatown is still an intriguing browse. Enter through Friendship Arch, the largest single-span arch in the world.
Lonely Planet's must-see attractions
One of America's most visited historic sites, Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington.
National Air and Space Museum
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National Gallery of Art
Two buildings. Hundreds of masterpieces. Infinite enjoyment. It's easy to spend a full day at the National Gallery of Art, which showcases a whole range…
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National Museum of African American History & Culture
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Arlington National Cemetery
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Nearby Washington, DC attractions
1. Friendship Arch
Colorful, dragon-decorated Friendship Arch – the largest single-span arch in the world – marks the entrance to DC's Chinatown.
2. Surratt House Site (Wok & Roll)
Today this building is the Chinese restaurant Wok & Roll, but in 1865 it was the boarding house where Abraham Lincoln's assassins met and plotted their…
3. Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture
The Reynolds Center is one of DC's finest museums. This Smithsonian venue combines the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum into one…
4. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library
Designed by famed modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, this low-slung, sleek central branch of the DC public-library system is an important…
5. Touchstone Gallery
Touchstone Gallery exhibits contemporary pieces created by its 45 member artists. Works cover multiple media, including sculpture, painting and the…
6. National Building Museum
Devoted to architecture and urban design, the museum is housed in a magnificent 1887 edifice modeled after the Renaissance-era Palazzo Farnese in Rome…
7. Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Before founding the American Red Cross, Clara Barton set up shop in her DC boardinghouse to locate thousands of missing soldiers after the Civil War. You…
8. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
This memorial in Judiciary Sq commemorates US police officers killed on duty since 1794. In the style of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, names of the dead…