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Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Museum of African American History and Culture

This sensational museum covers the diverse African American experience and how it helped shape the nation. Start downstairs in the sobering 'Slavery and Freedom' exhibition and work your way up to the community and …
Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Gallery of Art

Two buildings. Hundreds of masterpieces. Infinite enjoyment. The neoclassical West Building showcases European art through to the early 1900s; highlights include works by da Vinci, Manat, Monet and Van Gogh. The IM …
Top Choice Museum in National Mall

National Air and Space Museum

The legendary exhibits at this hugely popular museum include the Wright brothers' flyer, Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis, Howard Huges' H-1 Racer and Amelia Earhart's natty red plane.…
Top Choice Monument in National Mall

Lincoln Memorial

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

Washington National Cathedral

Constructed between 1907 and 1990, this huge neo-Gothic cathedral blends the spiritual with the profane in its architecture. Most of its richly coloured stained-glass windows celebrate religious themes, although the…
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 Performing Arts in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Kennedy Center

Overlooking the Potomac River, the magnificent Kennedy Center hosts a staggering array of performances – more than 2000 each year in venues including the Concert Hall (home to the National Symphony) and Opera House …
Top Choice Landmark in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

White House

The 'President's House', built in stages between 1792 and 1829, is an iconic, imposing building that's thrilling to see, but difficult to access. Tours must be pre-arranged: Americans must apply via one of their sta…
Top Choice Museum in Upper Northwest DC

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

The former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post of Post cereal fame, this lavishly decorated 1920s mansion showcases her extraordinary collections of Russian imperial art (icons, paintings, jewelry, Fabergé eggs) an…
Top Choice Monument in National Mall

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Maya Lin's design for this hugely evocative memorial takes the form of a black, low-lying 'V' – an expression of the psychic scar wrought by the Vietnam War. The monument descends into the earth, with the names of t…