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 FleisherStart on Pennsylvania Avenue with a bright and early Hail to the Chief.
The Washington Monument (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah BournHead 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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© ShutterstockBe awed by the vast geopolitical scale of the Second World War.
Vietnam Women's Memorial (© Shutterstock)
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© ShutterstockFind 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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© ShutterstockMove along now, past Frederick Hart's affecting sculpture.
The Lincoln Memorial (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah BournRead the words, get a lump in your throat, feel better.
 (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah BournGlance back on three great American icons aligned.
Korean War Veterans Memorial (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah BournJoin 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 BournHead 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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© ShutterstockFollow 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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© ShutterstockCross over into East Potomac Park to meet a Founding Father, or two…
Thomas Jefferson Memorial (© Elan Fleisher)
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© Elan FleisherCommemorating 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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© ShutterstockCross the Potomac on Ohio Drive towards the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Capitol building (© Shutterstock)
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© ShutterstockAnd a leisurely stroll up the National Mall completes your monumental circuit.
 (© Sarah Bourn)
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© Sarah Bourn

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