Top Things to Do in Washington, D.C.


Iconic DC, Just Steps Away


Lincoln Memorial
This iconic memorial to Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president and one of the country’s most influential historical figures, overlooks the Reflecting Pool and anchors the west end of the National Mall.  
Tidal Basin
The focal point of Washington, D.C.’s yearly Cherry Blossom Festival, the Tidal Basin offers year-round sightseeing and serves as the central meeting point for visits to many of the city’s most iconic monuments. 
Smithsonian Museums
Some of the nation’s best museums are also free: Collectively known as the Smithsonian Institution, the collection was founded "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and encompasses 17 museums and galleries, including the National Zoo, the Natural History, and the Air and Space Museum.
Arlington National Cemetery
Located just across the Potomac River, Arlington National Cemetery unfolds over 624 acres of venerated land, which spans US history from the Civil War through the present day. Pay respects to the thousands buried here – and to all those who were not, at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.
The White House
The official residence of the President of the United States, the White House stands at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the country’s most famous address. It’s located just five blocks south of The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center.
Washington Monument
The iconic obelisk to headline the National Mall, the Washington Monument pays homage to Founding Father George Washington: brave freedom-fighter, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and the first President of the United States.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Located next to the National Mall in West Potomac Park, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial honors Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The Stone of Hope stands as central highlight to the four-acre park.
National World War II Memorial 
Built in honor the 16 million who served – and the 400,000 who died – for the U.S. armed forces during WWII, this somber and stirring memorial rises from the National Mall’s central axis.
National Mall
One of downtown Washington, D.C.’s most iconic sights, the National Mall unfurls over green grass, stately monuments, and the scenic Reflecting Pool. Its ends, connected by a meandering path, are punctuated by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.
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