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  • 1

    Lincoln Memorial

    Lincoln Memorial Cir SW and 23rd st NW, Washington, DC 20037
    190 reviews

    This memorial gets crazy crowded but is so iconic you have to go there at least once. It is lit up beautifully at night, but I like the cheezy photo ops during the day. Perfect tourist photo is from the top of the steps with the reflecting pool, Washington Monument and Capitol all in the background. Inside, Lincoln's Statute and ...

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    Washington Monument

    15th Street NW and Madison Dr NW, Washington, DC 20004
    186 reviews

    One of the best views of Washington is from the top of the Washington Monument. It's the view you see on television during major events. Plan early to get a tour ticket. The tour is a treat, since the Monument was closed until May of 2014 after an earthquake caused major damage. Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet for the ...

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  • 3

    White House

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
    177 reviews

    If you can get passes for a tour it! Although it's difficult to get tour passes, it's worth the effort.

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    U.S. Capitol Building

    1st Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
    142 reviews

    At the Visitors Center, catch a few short films about Congress, visit the Exhibition Hall with an audio tour on your cell phone, and sign up for a tour of the Capitol building. If you request visitors passes from the offices of a Representative or Senator, it's fascinating to watch debate in the House or Senate chambers.

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  • 5

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    10th Street and Constutution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
    132 reviews

    If your kids like creepy-crawly things, this is the place for you. The museum has millions of insect specimens. Happily, they aren't all on display! The huge African bull elephant in the lobby draws everyone in. Maybe you can get in a few words about the environment and ecology while you are there.

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Henry Bacon Drive NW and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
    97 reviews

    This memorial is very moving. It's surreal to see so many names on the wall. It's gorgeous, as well.

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    National Mall

    7th Street NW and Madison Dr NW, Washington, DC 20004
    85 reviews

    So much to do on the mall! You could spend an entire week visiting the museums & monuments. Take the metro so you don't have to pay to park in a garage since the street parking spots have 2 hour time limits.

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    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

    Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington, DC 20560
    79 reviews

    A favorite while in DC. Summer of 2014 a new 3D movie on D-Day and WWII opened and it is captivating and well worth the add on cost. Museum itself is free. Planes, from the Wright Brothers to Columbia Space capsule, are hanging the the ceilings and scattered throughout the large space. Popular, crowded in the summer but always worth ...

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  • 9

    Reflecting Pool

    17th Street and Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20037
    92 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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    Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    E Basin Dr SW and Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024
    77 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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    National Air and Space Museum

    Independance Avenue At Sixth Street, Washington, DC 20024
    65 reviews

    Does everyone have a kid who wants to be an astronaut? This is where dreams are made. The Spirit of St. Louis, space capsules, flight simulators … It's no wonder this is a first stop for visitors from all over the world. For the absolutely exhausted, I'd try chilling with an IMAX movie or a planetarium show.

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  • 12

    National World War II Memorial

    17th Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20037
    64 reviews

    It's a beautiful memorial. And pretty big. Located close to the Washington Memorial, so it's easy to get to.

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  • 13

    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, United States
    64 reviews

    Great zoo. Admission is free but parking is $22 & the zoo parking lots fill up quickly on the weekends.

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  • 14

    Library of Congress

    101 Independence Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC, United States
    47 reviews

    The Library has more than 150 million items, and not all of them are books! The sound recordings are my favorite, but there are also photographs, maps, sheet music and motion pictures. I especially love the Main Reading Room -- beautiful and awe-inspiring.

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    US Holocaust Memorial Museum

    United States
    51 reviews

    This museum is the most thought-provoking and gives you so many chances to reflect on one of the darkest periods in history. It is sad, but I left feeling more informed and pensive than depressed. History like this shouldn't be repeated and the Holocaust museum aims to give that message. You do have to get free timed tickets in the ...

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  • 16

    National Gallery of Art

    4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
    48 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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    National Museum of American History

    14th Street and Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001
    47 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


    Intersection of Wisconsin Ave & M St. NW, Washington, DC, USA
    51 reviews

    A beautiful old neighborhood with great architecture, interesting shops, good restaurants, jazz clubs and music.

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  • 19

    Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Daniel C French Dr SW and Lincoln Memorial Circle SW, Washington, DC 20037
    42 reviews

    This moving memorial honoring those that fought and were lost in the Korean War is so realistic looking, especially at dusk.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

    W. Basin Drive South West, Washington, DC 20037
    39 reviews

    This one of four major sites that talk about President FDR and one of only two National Park Units. This starts in the beginning of his presidency goes through four stages. In where you learn about FDR and how he manage as president.

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