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  • 1

    Lincoln Memorial

    196 reviews

    Yet again another big, famous, DC building. Again, nothing much to it. It is neat to see the big Lincoln sitting inside the entrance way carved from stone and sitting in his chair. Something to see once.

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  • 2

    Washington Monument

    193 reviews

    I feel bad for anyone who came to visit DC while the Washington Monument was under construction. The Washington Monument is a must have backdrop for at least one photo while you're in the area, make that two photos. You should visit the monuments once during the day, and once at night!

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  • 3

    White House

    183 reviews

    If even just to walk by or peer through the fence, you must see the White House. It is the working home of the US President, when he's not off elsewhere. It offers tours daily too so you can learn a bit more of the history of this important residence!

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  • 4

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    137 reviews

    All of the Smithsonian’s 20 museums - the Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the Museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Zoo, to name just a few - are absolutely free to visit. Same with the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress. Unless you go in the middle of a ...

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  • 5

    U.S. Capitol Building

    148 reviews

    Not every traveler knows that you can enter the Capitol Building at any time during the office hours, stop by your state's Representative's or Senator's office, have a bite to eat in the downstairs cafeteria and join a guided tour of the building. That is a one of a kind experience and almost a must to do when you visit ...

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  • 6

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    102 reviews

    The wall was filled with a lot of visitors and tourists. This is a free attraction and seeing a reflection of yourself against the black wall filled with soldiers' names who died in battle brings such sad sorrow. It is a great tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War.

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  • 7

    Reflecting Pool

    97 reviews

    Amazing view from the Lincoln Memorial! This is a great place to walk around in summer and appreciate the history that surrounds you.

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  • 8

    National Mall

    88 reviews

    The touristic heart of DC. Plenty of monuments, and museums that can fill up multiple days of interesting exhibits. Additionally, it is home to a variety of different festivals both large and small. Even if you've already done the museums and monuments, and there isn't a festival it is still a great place to enjoy a stroll or jog.

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  • 9

    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    80 reviews

    A brilliant museum. Contains the Wright Brothers' first plane, the 'Spirit of St Louis' and the Apollo 11 Command Module, and that's just the foyer! I could have spent my entire holiday exploring this museum.

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  • 10

    Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    78 reviews

    A very pretty memorial. Located by the tidal basin, it's a great one to stop by while walking around, enjoying the outdoors.

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  • 11

    National Air and Space Museum

    71 reviews

    One of my favorites, has actual planes and sattelites, lots of interactive displays (fun for kids), really fun and informative. Sci Fi with some nice stuff for trekkies as well.

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  • 12

    National World War II Memorial

    65 reviews

    I never quite know what to say when it comes to war memorials really they just speak for themselves. It is very powerful to stand there and think of all the people who lost their lives in this war.

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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

    54 reviews

    Omg this museum is so touching and sad. But it's an important part of our history and no one should miss this.

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  • 15

    National Gallery of Art

    49 reviews

    I love the “family guides” that describe the art in various galleries, and then provide questions and little projects for those aged 6 and up. There is also an audio tour designed for children. Edgar Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen is a favorite with young ballerinas.

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  • 16

    Library of Congress

    51 reviews

    The Library of Congress is an absolutely beautiful building - covered in ornate details. It might be the most gorgeous building in DC. Be sure to look up in every room you visit!

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  • 17

    National Museum of American History

    48 reviews

    This is my favorite Smithsonian museum since there is something for everyone. Whether it's for Abraham Lincoln's top hat or Miss Piggy, your family will remember this place. The museum shops are fun, too. I like the personalized dog tags that are made while you wait at their military-themed store.

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  • 18

    International Spy Museum

    55 reviews

    The International Spy Museum is a fun and interactive museum to visit in Washington, D.C. The question you have to ask yourself is: is it worth the cost of admission when there are so many amazing movies in D.C.? About halfway through the museum I was exhausted by its serpentine layout and was ready to leave.

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  • 19

    Georgetown

    52 reviews

    Georgetown is a great spot in D.C. for families to grab a bite to eat, walk down to the river’s edge, do some shopping, or relax and see a movie. Each boutique is in a beautiful, old building that has a special charm that will make you want to stop and take a picture with each and every single one!

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  • 20

    Korean War Veterans Memorial

    45 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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