From its iconic monuments and buildings to its historic neighbourhoods and free museums, the capital of the United States offers a huge array of attractions.
Consider a tour of the White House Visitor's Centre, which offers a wealth of information about one of the most powerful symbols of American history and politics. From there you can make your way to a number of moving tributes, including the Vietnam War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
Washington DC is especially known for its museums. From the Holocaust to the history of space exploration and from dinosaurs to international spies, there's a museum for almost every area of interest, with many offering free admission. In addition don't miss the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the National Gallery of Art, the Pentagon, and the National Archives where you can see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Great shopping, restaurants and colonial architecture can be found in Georgetown. The Mall, a slice of greenery in the centre of town surrounded by the buildings of the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Monument and the US Capitol, is the perfect place to enjoy a hot dog, relax and take in the sights and sounds of this lively city.
Suggested itineraries featuring Washington DC
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Places near Washington DC
- Annapolis 30 miles away
- Baltimore 35 miles away
- St. Michael's 45 miles away
- Front Royal 63 miles away
- Gettysburg 66 miles away
- Lancaster 88 miles away
- Richmond 97 miles away
- Charlottesville 99 miles away
- Williamsburg 114 miles away
- Philadelphia 124 miles away
- Virginia Beach 153 miles away
- Roanoke 195 miles away
- New York 206 miles away
- Raleigh 234 miles away
- Ithaca 247 miles away
- Winston Salem 262 miles away
- New York State 287 miles away
- Buffalo 293 miles away
- Rochester 297 miles away
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