Must-See Areas To Visit in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is one of the most popular cities in the United States and is home to the nation’s capitol, federal buildings, famous memorials, and famous museums! There are just so many tourist attractions and must see areas located in DC and so many people don’t know where to start when planning trips! So today, I am going to be listing some important information about the best and must see attractions in Washington DC that you should visit!

Let’s get into it!

Best Areas To Visit in Washington D.C.

Memorials

  • The Lincoln Memorial – The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most iconic memorials located in the National Mall. In front of the memorial dome is a 618 metre long beautiful reflecting pool that is often used to celebrate many events and reflect on different causes such as the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • The Washington Monument – The Washington Monument is a very tall structure displayed in the center of the National Mall, and can often be seen shining it’s red light during the evening hours. It is a great spot to take photos with family or friends to keep as memories!
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial – The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is located in the National Mall and is located near the Lincoln memorial across the pond in between the areas. The sidewalk leading up to the Jefferson Memorial is very beautiful during the spring months when the cherry blossoms are just starting to bloom! This area is also a great area for making photos and taking relaxing walks during the warmer seasons!
  • FDR Memorial – The FDR Memorial is located in the National Mall near the MLK Memorial. This memorial is dedicated to FDR and on the walls it talks about his early life, successful career, and history. The statues are a bit rusty after many years of rain, but it is always just a great walk through experience as you are exploring the sights of Washington DC!
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – The MLK Memorial is located near the FDR Memorial and is a very tall replica of Martin Luther King Jr. honoring his input to the ending the racial discrimination in the United States and around the world. It is always a fun experience to honor MLK for his hard work, and take some nice photos!
  • WW2 Memorial – The World War 2 Memorial honors all of the American citizens that fought for the United States and had died for the country. For their input, the United States created the WW2 Memorial that is home to columns that list every single state name, and names of those who have served and died. This is a great place to honor loved ones!
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is also a great place to visit because it honors those who have served for the United States and died during the war. The memorial is a large wall of millions of engraved names of those who have died, and extends for many miles!

Federal Buildings 

  • The U.S. Capitol Building – The United States Capitol building (Capitol Hill) is where all the 100 Senators and 435 House of Representatives members that votes to pass bills that are lawful and benefit the citizens of the United States. Visitors can enter through the capitol’s visitor center and get tours of the Capitol building, and possibly see some Congressional hearings as well.
  • The White House – As everyone knows, the White House is where the President of the United States lives, passes executive orders and laws, and meets with other Congressional or world leaders. There are several rooms in the White House such as the Oval Office, Press Briefing room, the Situation room, and other rooms filled with historic items that guests get to see if they get a tour of the building.
  • Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is a federal government building located in Washington D.C. that houses collections that are universal, research materials from all around the world, and in more than 450 languages. You can request to get tours of the Library of Congress any day of the week and their hours may vary.
  • Supreme Court – The Supreme Court is made up of nine Justices, and holds many court cases throughout the year. The Supreme Court does not offer walk through guided tours, although guests are allowed to take self-guided tour around the public portions of the building.

Museums 

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History offers the Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Memories on the first floor, the Jannet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals on the second floor, and the External Life in Ancient Egypt exhibit on the second floor. These are great exhibits and this museum is a definite must see tourist attraction in the area!
  • Smithsonian Museum of American History – The Smithsonian Museum of American History offers sections about theater and film, President’s and First Lady’s of the United States, historic documents, Air and Space exploration, and historic items that can’t be found anywhere else!
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers great exhibits honoring those lost during the horrific period of time during the Holocaust. These exhibits include various photos, props, and offers many other experiences! Please honor and support those poor lives lost during the holocaust.
  • Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum – The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum offers exhibits about the first men on the moon, Mars, Planet Earth, and other space exploration exhibits. The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum is also home to an IMAX Theater and a super cool gift shop!
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture – The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers exhibits about the Emancipation Proclamation, Oprah Winfrey’s studio couch, Harriet Tubman’s shawl, Black Lives Matter posters, and many more! I really recommend you to visit this museum next time you are in Washington DC!
  • National Museum of the American Indian – The National Museum of the American Indian offers exhibits about a man’s fishing hat, bottles/vases with designs, Eagle jug and so much more about the American Indians! This is an extremely interesting museum if you are someone interested in learning about American Indian culture and arts. Check it out!
  • Ford’s Theatre – The Ford’s Theatre is the theater that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and offers many special shows throughout the year that guests can by tickets to go see! In the winter the theatre offers an amazing production of The Christmas Carol. Their shows are really interesting and reflect on the history that happened here in this theatre many years ago.

These are just a handful of the tourist attractions in the Washington D.C. area for people from all around the world to visit. If you want too see more blogs like this let me know in the comments down below! If you would like to support World Travel With Matt you can follow me on Instagram @worldtravelwithmatt and Twitter @Instatrav1. I hope you all have a great day and I will see you all real soon!

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