We Know: 10 Best Things to See in Washington DC

  1. Spend time in Georgetown. The historic Georgetown waterfront offers terrific views and is popular for its many restaurants and shops.
  2. Tour the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian encompasses 16 sixteen museums and galleries, including the Air and Space Museum and the National Zoo.
  3. See Arlington National Cemetery. Visit the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and many others. You can also see the USS Maine Memorial and other sites.
  4. Visit the Lincoln Memorial. As pictured on the reverse side of the American penny and the five dollar bill, a statue of President Abraham Lincoln on a marble base is surrounded by 38 Grecian columns. This is where Martin Luther King delivered his infamous speech, "I Have a Dream."
  5. Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Situated beside The National Mall, this museum honors those who were victims of the Holocaust.
  6. Tour the White House. Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests have to be submitted through your Member of Congress. Requests are accepted up to six months in advance.
  7. Visit the National Gallery of Art. In addition to its world-renowned permanent installations, the Gallery also hosts exhibitions on tour. At any given time you'll be able to view paintings, sculptures, and other artistic works.
  8. See the Washington Monument. The towering obelisk was the world's tallest building until the completion of the Eiffel Tower. The Monument's reflection is captured in the Reflecting Pool that extends toward the Monument.
  9. Stand inside the Jefferson Memorial. Surround yourself within the dome-shaped rotunda by the huge bronze statue of Jefferson and fantastic views of Japanese cherry trees and the Potomac River.
  10. Take in a show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Here you can choose among six theatres to enjoy ballet, films, comedy, drama, music, and much more. The Washington Opera, American Film Institute, and the National Symphony Orchestra are all based here.

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