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  • Library of Congress If your family vacation or solo travel expedition has landed you in the Washington D.C. area, you're in luck because the attractions and sightseeing opportunities are plentiful around our nation's capital. Aside from the many presidential memorial museums and the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress is one monumental building that…
  • Tidal Basin Tidal Basin is a man-made reservoir which was created close to the Potomac River in the 19th century. It was formed as a means to drain the Washington Channel after soaring tides and also to endow people with recreational space. On the south bank of the basin sits The Jefferson…
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington DC is the cultural hub for visual and performing arts. With many museums, art gallery exhibits to its credit; there is one name that stands tall when it comes to performing arts. It is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, also known as the Kennedy Center.…
  • Smithsonian Castle (or Smithsonian Institution Building) Heading to the U.S.A? Most likely you will be visiting Washington D.C., the capital. There are a good number of spots to tour here. Out of them, we’ll explore Smithsonian Castle (or Smithsonian Institution Building), one of the popular spots in Washington D.C. The interesting fact about this spot is…
  • Jefferson Memorial One of the most notable places in Washington, DC is the Jefferson Memorial, dedicated to the third president of U.S., Thomas Jefferson. A great figure in the nation’s history, Jefferson was a man who believed in democracy, education to all, equal rights, freedom of religion and separation between state and…
  • Lincoln Memorial When in Washington, The Lincoln Memorial should definitely be on your list of places worth seeing here. This national monument was built in 1922 to honor America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The building is a beautiful 99ft structure designed in a Greek temple style. Surrounding the building are 36 Doric…
  • World War II Memorial The Second World War was one of the most horrifying and worst events that transpired in history. The National World War II Memorial was one of the latest monuments that were built in 2004 in Washington D.C. It is home to the graves of 16 million brave men and women…
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Want to watch a unique museum? Many museums are memorials showing past glories, but there is one that shows one of the worst tragedies of humankind.  Welcome to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). It gives information about the holocaust due to Nazi atrocities, the worst one which shames…
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Travel back to the days of Vietnam War by visiting Vietnam memorial at Washington DC. It would remind you of the braveness of men and women veterans that had served in the Vietnam War. It is commonly known as “The Wall” made of black granite and bears the in scripted…
  • The National Mall Only a few regions in the world enjoy the repute of such distinction as the National Mall of Washington DC. It is actually a national park that constitutes the area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol building. It is not only a great place for people visiting museums…
  • Washington Monument Remembering the First US President through the Washington Monument Built between the years 1848 to 1884, this obelisk stands 169 meters, or 555 feet, was made in memory of George Washington, the first United States’ president. The Washington Monument has been the most protuberant landmark and is the centerpiece of…
  • Union Station – Washington DC Union Station is among the most visited tourist hubs in Washington, DC. Every year millions of people from different parts of the world visit the place. Constructed between 1907 and 1908, Union Station is Washington DC’s major railway station. It is served by Virginia Railway Express, MARC Train and Amtrak…
  • Georgetown Georgetown is a popular neighborhood situated on the Potomac River. It is a famous tourist destination mainly known for shops, restaurants & bars, cobblestone streets, waterfront harbor, Georgetown University, scenic boat rides and over 200 year old row houses. Washington DC’s most historical attractions can be found here, since the…
  • Korean War Memorial Looking for attractions that could make you feel like traveling back to the age of wars in Korea? Visit Korean War memorial at Washington DC. It is located at the Foggy Bottom metro stop which is open 24 hours a day. You would probably just need 15 minutes to experience…
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Museum The Daughters of The American Revolution runs an art museum known as the DAR Museum. Although, it is one of the places worth seeing in Washington DC, tourists often miss visiting it. The museum was established in 1980 to promote patriotism and preserve America’s history. That goes without saying! The…
  • Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery is just one of many tourists’ attractions in the USA. Located in Arlington, Virginia, this noted landmark serves as the resting ground and the memorial to the valiant war heroes of America. Arlington National Cemetery is estimated to have 4 million visitors setting foot at the place…
  • National Museum of Natural History The National Museum of Natural History is located in the National Mall, Washington DC. The museum was opened in 1910 and is currently being run by the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is close to Federal Triangle Metro Station and remains open through the year, excepting Christmas. The museum remains open…
  • Supreme Court of the United States An interesting place to visit while you are in Washington is The US Supreme Court. Supreme Court, being the highest judiciary, consists of the Chief Justice along with 8 other associate justices. They decide whether the Constitution’s principles are being followed by the President, Congress, the states courts as well…
  • American Art Museum / Renwick Gallery Do you want to see real photos of the American civil war? Do you want to witness all the movements, schools and trends in American art under one roof? Then, American art museum is the right place for you. Located at 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington DC, the museum…
  • National Cathedral The Washington’s National Cathedral, also known as Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is the sixth biggest cathedral in the planet.  This building is situated at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Woodley Road. The National Cathedral marks to the memory of all visitors due to its stunning…
  • U.S. Capitol Come Tour The Highly Recognizable and Prestigious U.S. Capitol What do you think is the most symbolic building in the United States – White House, the U.S. Supreme Court building or the U.S. Capitol? Of all three, the most architecturally-remarkable building – the one many people recognize – is the…
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing Do you know the function of Bureau of Engraving and Printing? It was established in 1862 and at that time, there were only six people who provided and sealed notes at the basement of its treasury building. With its production facilities in Forth Worth, Texas and Washington, DC, B.E.P. is…
  • National Air & Space Museum If you are planning to visit Washington DC, make sure to extend your vacations. That’s because the place has a lot to offer right from cultural centers, war memorials to museums and monuments. Some of the world’s most famous tourist destinations are found here and it is likely that a…
  • Ford’s Theatre Ford’s Theater in Washington DC is a nationwide historic landmark where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by actor John Wilkes Booth in 1965. Today, the theater is presenting plays, musicals and many stage performances, throughout the year, most of which are concerned with the life of the 16th American President. Visitors…
  • Newseum – Washington DC News Museum Newseum also referred to as ‘the Museum of News’ is a high-tech museum in Washington, DC. It is located between the US Capitol and the White House. A seven-level interactive museum, it has in store some of the best attractions for tourists. Apart from offering 15 theaters to 14 major…
  • National Gallery of Art The National Gallery of Art is an art museum that Washington DC, can definitely boast of. It has some of the largest assortments of works of art from British, French, Italian and Spanish collections to name a few. As such, the National Gallery of Art has two buildings: the East…
  • Explore the Past at the National Museum of American History The National Museum of American History gained its popularity because of hit movies by Ben Stiller. And watching this comedy, you sometimes wonder if the items on display in this museum really become alive at night. Of course, these are just silly ramblings; you should know that you don’t need…
  • National Museum of African Art Located on the National Mall and between the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and the Sackler Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. should be on the must-visit list of anyone planning to spend their day amongst the Smithsonian’s many offerings. With the exception of…
  • American Indian Museum A significant step that Washington DC, took was the opening of the American Indian Museum in 2004. This is the first museum in the nation that honors American Indians. It is dedicated exclusively to the history, literature, arts, languages and overall lives of Native Americans. The museum is an attractive…
  • A Visitor’s Guide To The White House Even the most stunning of homes requires a physical address, and there may be nine more famous than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That is the actual address of The White House, home of the President of the United States of America. It is without a doubt one of the most recognizable…
  • Smithsonian's National Zoo Many people who visit the National Zoo are pleasantly surprised to find out that the admission is FREE! Especially for families, it is a welcome relief, particularly when travel can be so expensive. The 2,000 animals from 400 species are in both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Some animals are grouped…
  • National Building Museum The National Building Museum is recognized as one of the greatest tourist spots in Washington DC. It was found in 1980 and is a non-profit private institution. This historical building portrays America’s design, engineering, architecture, construction and urban planning. It is known worldwide for its spectacular architectural features. The museum…
  • Iwo Jima (Marine Corps War Memorial) In the 19th of February 1945, a place on the Pacific called IWO Jima controlled by the Japanese army was invaded by 70,000 marines. It is said that the island was a strategic point of the Japanese air force because its air field was used by the Japanese suicide pilots…
  • Air Force Memorial We are all very aware of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women that serve in the different branches of the military. As aware as we are, it is always nice to be reminded as to just how much has been given in the pursuit of the freedoms…
  • Old Patent Office Building If you are visiting Washington DC, then don’t forget to add Old Patent Office Building in your list of the city’s main attractions. The building has served as one of the first US Patent Office Buildings and occupies a whole city block in Washington roughly between the Capitol and the…
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal The Potomac River is one of the most famous stretches of water in the United States, but another great stretch runs parallel to that great river and has become a popular tourist attraction. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal spans 184.5 miles and runs from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC. The…
  • National Portrait Gallery When people think of art, they tend to think of Europe, but the United States has a very rich history in the arts. This can be witnessed by visiting the many great museums and art galleries that are found in every major city in the country. When traveling to the…
  • The U.S. Botanic Gardens – A Museum Showcasing Nature’s Beauty Nature is beautiful in all its splendid glory and at the U.S. Botanic Gardens nature is put on display in a large collection of over 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants that visitors are able to stroll through year round. The outdoor garden and indoor conservatory is one of the…
  • National Archives, Washington DC The National Archives is a frequently visited building in Washington, DC, and one of the most interesting places in the US. The building is a neoclassical structure with beautiful bronze doors at the entrance. Near them, there are pedestals on which four large sculptures are kept. These sculptures represent the…

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Jefferson Memorial

One of the most notable places in Washington, DC is the Jefferson Memorial, dedicated to the third president of U.S., Thomas Jefferson.…

National Air & Space Museum

If you are planning to visit Washington DC, make sure to extend your vacations. That’s because the place has a lot to…

A Visitor’s Guide To The White House

Even the most stunning of homes requires a physical address, and there may be nine more famous than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That…

Iwo Jima (Marine Corps War Memorial)

In the 19th of February 1945, a place on the Pacific called IWO Jima controlled by the Japanese army was invaded by…

U.S. Capitol

Come Tour The Highly Recognizable and Prestigious U.S. Capitol What do you think is the most symbolic building in the United States…

World War II Memorial

The Second World War was one of the most horrifying and worst events that transpired in history. The National World War II…

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Travel back to the days of Vietnam War by visiting Vietnam memorial at Washington DC. It would remind you of the braveness…

Washington Monument

Remembering the First US President through the Washington Monument Built between the years 1848 to 1884, this obelisk stands 169 meters, or…

American Art Museum / Renwick Gallery

Do you want to see real photos of the American civil war? Do you want to witness all the movements, schools and…

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Do you know the function of Bureau of Engraving and Printing? It was established in 1862 and at that time, there were…

National Cathedral

The Washington’s National Cathedral, also known as Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is the sixth biggest cathedral in the…

Lincoln Memorial

When in Washington, The Lincoln Memorial should definitely be on your list of places worth seeing here. This national monument was built…