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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

The White House (© Elan Fleisher)
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© Elan Fleisher

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

The Washington Monument (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

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

National World War II Memorial (© Shutterstock)
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Be awed by the vast geopolitical scale of the Second World War.

Vietnam Women's Memorial (© Shutterstock)
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Find Faith, Hope and Charity in Constitution Gardens.

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

The Three Soldiers (© Shutterstock)
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Move along now, past Frederick Hart's affecting sculpture.

The Lincoln Memorial (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

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

 (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

Glance back on three great American icons aligned.

Korean War Veterans Memorial (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

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…

DC War Memorial (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

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

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

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

George Mason Memorial (© Shutterstock)
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Cross over into East Potomac Park to meet a Founding Father, or two…

Thomas Jefferson Memorial (© Elan Fleisher)
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© Elan Fleisher

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.

USHMM (© Shutterstock)
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Cross the Potomac on Ohio Drive towards the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Capitol building (© Shutterstock)
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And a leisurely stroll up the National Mall completes your monumental circuit.

 (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

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