The hulking Convention Center hosts major trade shows, events and the occasional inaugural ball.
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One of America's most visited historic sites, Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington.
National Air and Space Museum
The legendary exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum include the Wright brothers' flyer, Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St…
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…
Anchoring the National Mall's west end is the hallowed shrine to Abraham Lincoln, who gazes across the Reflecting Pool beneath his neoclassical, Doric…
National Museum of African American History & Culture
Located in Washington, DC, the sensational National Museum of African American History & Culture is devoted exclusively to the documentation of African…
Since 1800, this is where the legislative branch of American government (ie Congress) has met to write the country's laws.
Play image association with the words “Washington, DC,” and chances are the first thing that comes to mind is the White House. The president’s pad is…
Arlington National Cemetery
Sprawling across hills above the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for America’s most revered…
Nearby Washington, DC attractions
1. Long View Gallery
Longview specializes in contemporary art by emerging and midcareer artists, including many from the region. The room, with its peeling paint and exposed…
2. Touchstone Gallery
Touchstone Gallery exhibits contemporary pieces created by its 45 member artists. Works cover multiple media, including sculpture, painting and the…
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…
4. Friendship Arch
Colorful, dragon-decorated Friendship Arch – the largest single-span arch in the world – marks the entrance to DC's Chinatown.
5. 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…
6. 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…
7. 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…
8. National Museum of Women in the Arts
The only US museum exclusively devoted to women’s artwork fills this Renaissance Revival mansion. Its collection – some 4500 works by 1000 female artists…