Best places: Tourist attractions in Washington

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World War II Memorial
Memorial park
Iconic outdoor memorial honoring the 16 million Americans who served during World War II.
4.90 (23.4K reviews)
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Memorial park
Memorial pays tribute to slain civil rights leader near where he delivered "I Have a Dream" speech.
4.90 (7.8K reviews)
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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Basilica
Landmark Byzantine-Romanesque-style Catholic church featuring mass, tours & a vast art collection.
4.90 (5K reviews)
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Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Monastery
Franciscan monastery from 1898 offering tours & a landscaped garden, plus regular mass & concerts.
4.90 (959 reviews)
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National Mall
Park
Washington Monument plus memorials to Lincoln, MLK, FDR, WWII & Vietnam vets along a grassy mall.
4.80 (136.1K reviews)
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Lincoln Memorial
Monument
Parthenon-inspired tribute to Abraham Lincoln with a 19-ft. marble statue, murals & reflecting pool.
4.80 (48.5K reviews)
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Natural history museum
From dinosaur exhibits to displays of rare gems, this acclaimed museum celebrates the natural world.
4.80 (47.4K reviews)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture
National museum
Popular Smithsonian museum with unique exhibits on African American history, culture & community.
4.80 (26.7K reviews)
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National Gallery of Art
Art museum
Permanent collection holds American & European works in 2 buildings & a sculpture garden.
4.80 (16.7K reviews)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
History museum
Preserving the memory of the Holocaust with permanent & traveling exhibits & educational programs.
4.80 (15.7K reviews)
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National Portrait Gallery
Art museum
Major, free-admission museum with art works portraying influential Americans throughout history.
4.80 (11.8K reviews)
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Performing arts theater
Esteemed cultural center hosting plays, music & dance shows in its multiple theaters plus art tours.
4.80 (10.8K reviews)
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Washington National Cathedral
Cathedral
Grand, storied cathedral with stained glass, organ recitals & scenic vistas from the top.
4.80 (5.7K reviews)
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Rock Creek Park
Park
Urban oasis with hiking trails, tennis & golf, plus ranger-led wildlife programs.
4.80 (3.9K reviews)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Art museum
Art museum & National Portrait Gallery housed in the third-oldest federal building in the capital.
$$$ $
4.80 (3.1K reviews)
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Library of Congress
Law library
This federal cultural institution is the world's biggest library & features tours, talks & concerts.
4.80 (2.5K reviews)
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Memorial park
Monument to Vietnam War service, featuring a wall with over 58,000 names of dead & missing soldiers.
4.80 (2.4K reviews)
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Korean War Veterans Memorial
Memorial park
Outdoor memorial commemorating people who served in the Korean War through lifelike statues & more.
4.80 (2.3K reviews)
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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Art museum
Opulent estate with 18th-century Russian Imperial & French decorative art, 13-acre gardens & cafe.
$$ $$
4.80 (1.8K reviews)
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Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Museum
👍👍 One of my favorite museums in DC. Not only is it free but it also stays open later (7pm) than many of the other museums in the area. Hall of Presidents is impressive, especially the Obama and Clinton portraits. Go up to the third floor for an impressively large portrait of LL Cool J. The architectu...
4.80 (913 reviews)
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