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  • 1 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 2 National Gallery of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Madison Dr. between 3rd and 7th Sts. 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..

  • 3 Jefferson Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    South bank of Tidal Basin 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 White House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly 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..

  • 6 Lincoln Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 7 Korean War Veterans Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Independence Ave. at French Dr. 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). The $18 million memorial was funded by private contr..

  • 8 US Capitol Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly 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..

  • 9 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..

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

    Museums and art

    Independence Ave. at 6th St. 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..

  • 11 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 12 National WWII Memorial Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mall at 17th St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20004

    Located near the Reflecting Pool on the east-west axis between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the newly completed National World War II Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 2004. Encompassing 7.4 acres, the memorial pays homage t..

  • 13 White House Area Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20500

    Inspired by the stately presence of the Executive Mansion, this area maintains a decorous gentility, with manicured parks, elegant row houses and grandly conceived public structures. Lafayette Square, a 7-acre public park, lies just to the north of t..

  • 14 Washington Monument Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mall at 15th St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20001

    The capital's most conspicuous landmark, and the world's tallest freestanding stone structure, this austere white marble obelisk rises from a knoll in the middle of the Mall. Though it took nearly four decades to complete, the monument, ringed by US ..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 International Spy Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    800 F St NW USA - Washington, DC 20004

    Located across the street from the National Portrait Gallery, the Spy Museum complex of historic 19C buildings houses the world's largest collection of international espionage artifacts on display to the public. Begin your adventure on the third floo..

  • 17 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    New Hampshire Ave. at Rock Creek Parkway USA - Washington, DC

    A gleaming horizontal mass, ranking as one of the country's leading cultural institutions, this "living memorial" to the 35th US president is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. A wide spectrum of world-class entertainment - from tenor..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 20 Federal Bureau of Investigation Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E St between 9th and 10th Sts NW USA - Washington, DC 20535

    Under the 48-year leadership (1924-1972) of director J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI became the supreme federal authority in matters of domestic crime. As the principal investigative arm of the Justice Department, the FBI traces its beginnings to 1908, when..

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