Washington D.C. Top 10 Attractions

Known for being the capital of America, Washington D.C. has so many activity options that there is something for everyone here. Whether you want to visit some of our historical icons such as the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Veteran's Memorials, or you have a greater interest in the National Gallery of Art, you are sure to be kept busy on a D.C. vacation. One of the nation's greatest museums, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum often tops most traveler's lists. Perhaps you would like to round your trip out with a fantastic performance like those at the John F. Kennedy Center. We've gathered ten of the best places to visit while you are in D.C.

Washington Monument
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1: Washington Monument

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Address: 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Website: www.nps.gov

This stone pillar is not only the nation's tallest obelisk, but also the world's. It stands at over 555 feet, a grandiose dedication to the United States' first president and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The monument is in the same area as the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, so it's a great place to go in order to see all three.

White House
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2: White House

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Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

The White House is a spectacular tribute to the resilience of the nation and the character of its presidents; it has been set ablaze, reconstructed, and added to for years and still remains in good condition today. It has been the official residence of every president of the United States since John Adams. Tour guides can take you to the White House as part of your tour with them around noteworthy places in the city, or you can take yourself and snap the obligatory pictures in front of the fence.

US Capitol

3: US Capitol

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Address: East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

A trip to the nation's capital would not be complete without seeing the capitol building! See where U.S. Congress holds its meetings, and where, in the building's interior, art reigns supreme. Many of the murals depict great moments and people in United States' history. The capitol grounds are also quite the site, with 274 acres filled with lawns, walkways, gardens, streets, and its reflection pool.

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Lincoln Memorial

4: Lincoln Memorial

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Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037
Website: www.nps.gov

The Lincoln Memorial honors just whom it says: Abraham Lincoln, the nation's 16th president. It sits west of the nearby Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. Inside the memorial you can find the biggest attraction of the memorial, a large statue of Lincoln in a seated position. Near this are two of his most famous speeches, the Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address. Though Lincoln's speeches are the only two present here now, there have been many other historical speeches that have taken place at this site, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream."

Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials
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5: Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials

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Address: 900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024
Website: www.nps.gov

Located in West Potomac Park, the Korean War Veterans Memorial stands in the shape of a triangle intersecting a circle. There are two statues depicting a squad on patrol. Part of the wall lists the troop statistics, which includes the number of soldiers dead, missing, injured, and captured. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial's most well known piece is the Wall, but there is also the Vietnam Women's Memorial and the Three Soldiers Statue. The main part of this memorial can be found in Constitution Gardens, next to the National Mall.

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