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  • 1

    Lincoln Memorial

    194 reviews

    A huge and very beautiful memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is VERY rich in history, with carved inscriptions of Lincoln's second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address.

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    Washington Monument

    192 reviews

    You can't miss this memorial. Although it's a little bland, the area around it certainly makes up for that! I was surprised to see how similar in shape it was to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, MA.

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    White House

    182 reviews

    We only rode by on bikes and stopped to look at the White House. Even so, it's a fun thing to do. The grounds are beautiful. I'd love to take a tour of it some day.

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    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    135 reviews

    I don't think it is possible to complete this museum in one day. If you're like me and you like to read all the little fine print on every exhibit, you'll be here for days. The amount of knowledge stored in this place is immense!

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    U.S. Capitol Building

    144 reviews

    Must see if it is your first time in Washington, DC Walking distance from my place Very beautiful during night time with the view of the Washington Monument

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    100 reviews

    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of America's most stark and thought provoking. Built during the 1980's the monument is most known for its reflective black stone and the names of the war dead etched into sides. The length and breadth of over 50,000 names brings home the war's human cost, as does the occasional sight of surviving veterans and ...

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    Reflecting Pool

    95 reviews

    Very pretty and easy to photograph as it is your view from the Lincoln Memorial. Nice shaded walkways on either side of it. Tour buses start unloading around 8:45am so early morning is you best bet for a more serene visit. Fun people watching site otherwise as it anchors one end of the 2 mile Mall.

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    National Mall

    87 reviews

    Another sight you'd be wrong to miss. The National Mall has played host to many important events and it is a nice outdoors space to explore. Between the fountains, the stellar views from capital to the Washington Monument, and the conveniently lined up museums, it's hard to miss walking through at least once!

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    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    79 reviews

    I Lived two blocks away from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for more than 15 years, but i never get tired of taking friends and family when they visit Washington, DC. It is must visit if you are visiting with kids or you are National Air and Space Museum lover.

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  • 10

    Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    78 reviews

    Mostly what I remember of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial was learning the bits of history and background about Thomas Jefferson on my way to the memorial. Jefferson is a fascinating character.

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    National Air and Space Museum

    70 reviews

    This and the Natural History museum are the "most exciting" ones and will definitely keep kids engaged and awake! There's a lot to explore and all the artifacts are so interesting.

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  • 12

    National World War II Memorial

    65 reviews

    The National World War II Memorial is unique. There are 56 pillars surrounding a fountain and is on the opposite end of the Reflecting Pool, where the Lincoln Memorial is based.

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  • 13

    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    67 reviews

    The D.C. zoo is certainly worth taking a day out of your travel plans to visit. Since it is part of the Smithsonian, it is free entry for the whole family! They have so many wonderful animal exhibits such as the cheetah conservation, the elephant trail, and the giant panda exhibit for everyone to see and enjoy.

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  • 14

    US Holocaust Memorial Museum

    53 reviews

    Over break I went to the halocaust museum in Washington, D.C. with my family. The exhibits are arranged chronologically through the years and are incredibly well done. Having never been before, the museum took me by surprise. I have read many books, seen photos, and even spoken with survivors of this event, each of these things has given me snapshots ...

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  • 15

    National Gallery of Art

    49 reviews

    Free, massive,spread out collection of Western European and American art, considered one of the best art museums in the world. It houses the only Leonardo Da Vinci on public display in the U S. Like most of the Smithsonian museums, trying to see it all in a single visit is impossible. Great collection.

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    Library of Congress

    49 reviews

    All free and located near the National Mall are the U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress and the National Archives buildings. At certain times of the year, you can catch part of a Supreme Court oral argument – the calendar for cases can be found here: There is also much to see and do at the Library of Congress ...

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  • 17

    National Museum of American History

    47 reviews

    The Julia Child's kitchen is wonderful, as is the computer section. It contains a very visual depiction of the miniaturization of our electronics over the last few decades. Like walking through a very clean and organized antique store.

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  • 18

    International Spy Museum

    54 reviews

    Not one of the free museums, but it is a pretty fun one nevertheless. If you are interested in espionage I would recommend taking some time and checking this museum out. It isn't overly serious, which maybe why I find it so enjoyable.

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    51 reviews

    Georgetown known as an area of the city right near the Ivy League University that shares the name. It has tons of small shops and restaurants. The area is quite cute, although you can expect a plethora of college aged kids roaming about.

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  • 20

    Korean War Veterans Memorial

    44 reviews

    My favorite war memorial on the mall. The eerie soldiers are especially striking at night when they almost seem to take life. This is especially the case on one of DC's many foggy and grey winter nights.

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