Washington, D.C. Attractions
The Capital city of our beloved country holds the tradition of incredible history that still resonates today thanks to the efforts of countless men and women whose job it is to preserve it. Still yet another tradition that you'll see carried out here is the commitment to moving forward. As Americans, we strive to always put forth our best efforts, and sometimes that is accomplished by learning from our colorful and sometimes dramatic history. Both looking back and looking forward are two of the most obvious characteristics of some of Washington, DC's most famous attractions.
One of the most emotionally-charged sites in Washington, DC is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
. The dark, black granite walls are inscribed with the 58,209 names of Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam conflict. This V-shaped memorial design draws you in and allows you to not only take in the monument's magnitude, but it also allows you to have a private, intimate moment within the monument's breadth. While you're visiting this monumental attraction, make sure you see Frederick Hart's "Three Soldiers" life-sized sculpture made of bronze that portrays three young servicemen.
Address: 23rd and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 - MAP
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Our 16th President is remembered at one of the city's most popular attractions, the Lincoln Memorial
. This iconic landmark overlooks the Reflecting Pool that creates a stunning photo opportunity as both the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building are in the vicinity as well. Make sure to have plenty of time when you visit, as you will want to walk along this magnificent pool and climb up the marble staircase that leads to the 19-foot-high statue of Abraham Lincoln.
Address: 900 Ohio Dr SW 23rd and Independence Ave, Washington, DC 20566 - MAP
Phone: (202) 426-6895
When you think of the skyline in our nation's capital city, immediately the Washington Monument
comes to mind. This 555-foot obelisk juts out into the sky to stand as a tribute to our first President. The monument, along with the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial, is part of the areas trio of must-see landmark attractions. It is located at the western end of the Mall and the free elevator ride will take you to the top floor for a truly breathtaking view. The admission is free, but you need a ticket to enter. The ticket kiosk is located at the base of the monument on 15th Street and opens at 8:30am. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Address: 15th Street & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20242 - MAP
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Deciding that you will take a day to see the Smithsonian Institution
is allowing too little time, as the Institution is much wider in scope than you may have originally thought. It actually encapsulates 19 museums as well as the National Zoo, all home to must-see exhibits and attractions. Some of the more popular stops within the Smithsonian include the National Air and Space Museum, the national Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian. The depth and breadth of everything here justifies the time and space that it takes to see it all.
Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive, Washington, DC 20560 - MAP
Phone: (202) 633-1000
The National Gallery of Art
offers everything you ever wanted to know about art and presents an incredible amount of it all in one place. The Gallery's numerous exhibits and attractions stretch from the Middle Ages all the way to today. Works by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Raphael and Titian, among others, are all here. The facility proudly exhibits over 3,000 paintings, 2,000 pieces of sculpture and over 100,000 prints, drawings and other interesting pieces. Also, don't forget to spend a little time in the Sculpture Garden that can be found at the corner of 7th and Madison.
Address: 4th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565 - MAP
Phone: (202) 737-4215
Seize the opportunity to see our government in action with a visit to the Supreme Court of the United States
. The Neoclassical architecture of the building is stunning, and the outer spectacle of the Court is just the beginning. While the court term runs from October through June, you can actually sit in on an actual Court session. Seating is limited, however, so plan to arrive early at the Front Plaza if you want a seat. When the Court is not sitting, you can still take in a lecture or presentation every hour on the half hour.
Address: 1 1st St NE, Washington, DC 20002 - MAP
Phone: (202) 479-3030
Aside from the White House, the United States Capitol
building is the most visited building in Washington. This incredible building with its regal dome and classic architecture symbolizes democracy to everyone who sees it. The view from the front steps is like nothing else, so make sure you have your camera with you. Tours are available at the kiosk on the southwest side of the Capitol, and are free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to get there early, as there are always plenty of people in line for this extremely popular attraction.
Address: E Capitol and 1st St, Washington, DC 20510 - MAP
Phone: (202) 266-8000
One of the city's most stunning attractions is the Washington National Cathedral
that began construction in 1907 and was not completed until 1990. Theodore Roosevelt was just one of the Presidents who oversaw the cathedral's construction, and every US President has attended services there. The structure is approximately one-tenth of a mile long and it contains more than 200 stained-glass windows that create a mesmerizing effect when the sun shines through. The observation gallery within the cathedral offers still more unbelievable vantage points, and there are regular tours that explain the architecture, history and the church's mission in further detail.
Address: Wisconsin Ave NW and Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 - MAP
Phone: (202) 537-6200