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  • 1 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    701 E. Basin SW USA - Washington, DC 20024

    In a peaceful shaded spot on the south shore of the Tidal Basin, the nation's third president is commemorated with a 20C adaptation of the ancient Roman Pantheon. Inscribed on its marble walls are Jefferson's own writings concerning the role of gover..

  • 2 Capitol Hill Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20002

    The city's high eastern ground, bearing the popular designation Capitol Hill, is crowned by massive stone buildings serving the Legislative and Judicial branches of the federal government. Beyond them stretch the Hill's residential streets, neighborh..

  • 3 Lincoln Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Mall at 23rd St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20242

    From this stately memorial the famous marble likeness of a seated, brooding Lincoln stares across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument and to the Capitol beyond. On the southwest side of the monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge serves as a s..

  • 4 Phillips Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1600 21st St. NW. USA - Washington, DC 20009

    The Phillips Collection, the nation's first museum of modern art, maintains a choice collection of some 3,000 outstanding works by prominent American and European artists. The works are not arranged chronologically, but earlier pieces are generally f..

  • 5 The Mall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20024

    The Mall serves as the cultural heart of the capital and a political forum for the nation. Its imposing buildings and broad vistas underscore Washington's reputation as "the City Beautiful". The broad greensward extends west from the Capito..

  • 6 National Gallery of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    6th St. & Constitution Ave. NW USA - Washington, DC 20565

    The National Gallery's world-class collection of masterpieces traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The original West Building concentrates primarily on European works from the 13C through the early 20C. Its conte..

  • 7 National Air and Space Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    600 Independence Ave SW USA - Washington, DC 20560

    From Icarus' ill-fated flight to the far-flung space missions of recent decades, humans have attempted to conquer earth's relentless pull. This fascinating museum, commemorating man's aeronautical and astronautical achievements, welcomes more than ni..

  • 8 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Bacon Dr. & Constitution Ave NW USA - Washington, DC 20001

    Though it was conceived in controversy, this long, solemn black wall has become one of the nation's most cherished and moving memorials. Tucked away in the sylvan setting of Constitution Gardens, it bears the names of all those killed or missing in t..

  • 9 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    700 Independence Ave SW. USA - Washington, DC

    An unmistakable architectural statement on the Mall, this cylindrical building houses one of the finest collections of modern art in the country. Numbering some 11,000 objects, the collection encompasses paintings, sculpture, photographs, works on pa..

  • 10 Dumbarton Oaks Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1703 32nd St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20007

    Renowned for its outstanding collection of Byzantine and pre-Columbian art, this gracious museum and research institution is situated at the heart of what has been called "America's most civilized square mile." The 16-acre estate set on a r..

  • 11 National Museum of the American Indian Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. USA - Washington, DC 20560

    Opened in September 2004, the NMAI is the first national museum dedicated to Native Americans and the first new museum on the Mall since 1987. Fifteen years in creation, the museum holds 825,000 objects representing more than 1,200 indigenous culture..

  • 12 Freer and Sackler Galleries Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1050 Independence Ave SW USA - Washington, DC

    The Sackler Gallery is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the arts of Asia from the Neolithic period to the present. Major strengths of the expanding collection are Chinese jades and bronzes (one of the most extensive and important in the world..

  • 13 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    1850 W. Basin Dr. SW USA - Washington, DC 20242

    In 1955 Congress authorized a commission to oversee the construction of a memorial to Roosevelt. The present site in West Potomac Park was set aside in 1959. After years of rejecting design submissions, the Commission of Fine Arts approved a design b..

  • 14 National Museum of Natural History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW. USA - Washington, DC 20560

    The National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, ranks as one of the most visited museums in the world. Two floors of exhibits and two large-format cinemas explore life on earth through clues nature has left behind—among t..

  • 15 White House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW USA - Washington, DC

    For almost two centuries the White House has been the home of America's first families. More than just an official residence, the stately structure has become a universally recognized symbol of the US presidency. Today its public rooms house an exemp..

  • 16 National Portrait Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    8th & F St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20001

    This museum might be thought of as the nation's family album. Modeled after its namesake in London, the National Portrait Gallery conserves some 20,000 paintings sculptures, photographs, engravings and drawings of "men and women who have made si..

  • 17 Hillwood Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4155 Linnean Ave NW USA - Washington, DC 20008

    On a placid residential street above Rock Creek Park lies the 25-acre estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heiress to the Post cereals fortune. Her mansion, art collection and grounds are now open to the public and administered by a priv..

  • 18 Thomas Jefferson Bldg (LOC) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    101 Independence Ave SE USA - Washington, DC 20540

    This Beaux-Arts showplace occupies a full block across from the Capitol on 1st Street SE. At street level the exuberant Neptune Fountain by Roland Hinton Perry depicts the sea god and his cavorting entourage.

  • 19 Korean War Veterans Memorial Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    French Dr. & Independence Ave SW USA - Washington, DC 20242

    Located southeast of the Lincoln Memorial, this compelling ensemble of statues, freestanding wall and circular pool honors the members of the US armed forces who served in the Korean War (1950-53).

  • 20 US Capitol Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC

    Extending along the eastern end of the Mall, the labyrinthine Capitol building, with its cast-iron dome topped by the statue of Freedom, is the city's most prominent landmark. This massive symbol of democracy in progress has housed the US Congress si..

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