The capitol of the United States is obviously a major tourist attraction. Travelers of all kinds can find plenty to do in Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. Whether you are traveling by yourself, with friends, or with the family, Washington has a lot to offer.
Attractions in Washington, DC
The White House
The President’s home is of course one of the most popular attractions in Washington.
- The official website of the White House
- The White House Historical Association
- The White House on Wikipedia
Washington is home to a number of different monuments to past Presidents and leaders of the nation. The most famous monuments are located at the National Mall in the downtown area. The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial are among the tourist favorites, and are all located within a few blocks of each other.
- Monuments and Memorials in Washinton, DC
- Monuments and Memorials: A Photo Tour
- National Mall & Memorial Parks
Arlington National Cemetary
Arlington National Cemetary is located just across the Potomac river from DC, with a great view of the downtown area from the higher parts of the cemetary. The cemetary is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The Memorial Amphitheater, and Arlington House (former home of Robert E. Lee).
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex, which includes 19 museums, 9 research centers, and a zoo. Some of the more popular Smithsonian museums include The National Museum of Natural History, The National Air and Space Museum, and The National Museum of American History.
Washington, DC Travel and Tourism Resources:
- Washington.org – official tourism site
- Fodor’s Travel Guide to Washington, DC
- Introducing Washington, DC
- Washington, DC Travel Guides and Maps
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