Best places: Historic sites in Washington

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Lincoln Memorial
Monument
Parthenon-inspired tribute to Abraham Lincoln with a 19-ft. marble statue, murals & reflecting pool.
4.80 (48.4K reviews)
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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Historical place museum
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ A hopeful and inspiring place for all Americans as Frederick Douglass was born into slavery yet became free an spent his life working for the rights of African Americans and also women's rights.. Amazing view of DC cityscape and the capital. If you have kids, bring them to see this American hero's...
4.80 (906 reviews)
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Washington Monument Grounds
National reserve
Outdoor theater & a friendship garden in parkland surrounding the landmark Washington Monument.
4.80 (449 reviews)
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National Academy of Sciences
Historical place
Meeting place for prominent science groups, with public lectures & displays, plus a gift shop.
4.80 (402 reviews)
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United States Capitol
Federal government office
Iconic, domed classical building housing the U.S. Senate & House of Representatives, open for tours.
4.60 (4.6K reviews)
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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Memorial park
Curving marble wall inscribed with the names of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
4.60 (1.9K reviews)
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Meridian Hill Park
Park
Leafy city park offering a cascading fountain, statues & a tradition of Sunday drum circles.
4.50 (3K reviews)
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Peirce Mill
Historical landmark
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I love this spot! Great trails that take you into rock creek park, picnic tables, restrooms, water fountainsโ€ฆand plenty of parking. The mill itself is also a great place to explore โ€” a lot of history
4.70 (299 reviews)
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Georgetown University
Private university
Founded in 1789, this Jesuit university on the Potomac River is known for its law & medical schools.
4.50 (1.1K reviews)
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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Historical place
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ So historical. This definitely made me feel like I was there. What a true joy for the family
4.70 (226 reviews)
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Petersen House
Historical place
Preserved 1900s guest house where Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theater, opposite.
4.60 (248 reviews)
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Stanton Park
Park
Tree-lined neighborhood park with a playground, walkways & a statue of war hero Nathanael Greene.
4.50 (307 reviews)
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Garfield Monument
Historical landmark
๐Ÿ˜ Found on the Capital grounds near the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial and Capital Reflecting Pool is the Statue of former President James Garfield, who was unfortunately assassinated in 1881 after just a few months in office. The statue was sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward in 1887, who also notably cre...
4.60 (205 reviews)
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Old Stone House
Historical place museum
Restored & furnished listed house & former clock shop constructed in 1766, open to visitors.
4.20 (312 reviews)
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The President Woodrow Wilson House
Museum
House where Wilson spent his retirement, now a museum with period features & personal effects.
4.60 (81 reviews)
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Mount Tom Tower
Historical place
4.70 (64 reviews)
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Fort Stevens
Historical place
Park known for its remnants of Civil War fortifications, plus hiking, biking & other recreation.
4.20 (179 reviews)
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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Historical place
Museum honoring early civil rights leader through stories & archives of African American history.
4.40 (85 reviews)
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Blair House
Federal government office
President's guest house, made up of several conjoined 1800s buildings, hosting foreign dignitaries.
4.60 (53 reviews)
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C&O Canal, Mile 0
Tourist attraction
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ When you finish this trail, if you start in Cumberland, this will be the last mile marker you come to. Good ride!
4.60 (50 reviews)
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