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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 Pizza in Upper Northwest DC

Comet Ping Pong

Proving that DC is more than a city of suits and corporate offices, Comet Ping Pong offers a fun and festive counterpoint to the marble city, with its ping pong tables, industrial chic interior and delicious thin-cr…
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 Performing Arts in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Kennedy Center

Sprawled on 17 acres along the Potomac River, the magnificent Kennedy Center hosts a staggering array of performances – more than 2000 each year among its multiple venues including the Concert Hall (home to the Nati…
Top Choice American in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Ben’s is a DC institution. The main stock in trade is half-smokes, DC’s meatier, smokier version of the hot dog, usually slathered in mustard, onions and the namesake chili. For nearly 60 years presidents, rock star…