The best Washington, DC attractions

Our list of the best Washington, DC attractions, monuments and memorials will help you reacquaint yourself with the heritage of the capital

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Start on Pennsylvania Avenue with a bright and early Hail to the Chief.

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Head down the hill to the National Mall and do a lap round the nation’s favorite obelisk.

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Be awed by the vast geopolitical scale of the Second World War.

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Find Faith, Hope and Charity in Constitution Gardens.

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Stop for a while and lose yourself in your thoughts—everyone does—when confronted by the human cost.

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Move along now, past Frederick Hart's affecting sculpture.

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Read the words, get a lump in your throat, feel better.

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Glance back on three great American icons aligned.

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Join the ranks of Frank Gaylord's disconcerting depiction of a multinational squad on patrol.

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They will stay with you for a while…

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Head into West Potomac Park, past the District’s tribute to those who gave their lives in World War I.

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Skirt the the Potomac’s Tidal Basin to pay your respects at the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial.

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Follow FDR through the 20th century’s crisis decades, in the tableaux of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Cross over into East Potomac Park to meet a Founding Father, or two…

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Commemorating the Third President in his own favored architectural style, John Russell Pope’s Jefferson Memorial is a neoclassical masterpiece in a town full of neoclassical icons.

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Cross the Potomac on Ohio Drive towards the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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And a leisurely stroll up the National Mall completes your monumental circuit.

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