The National Mall is one of the most picturesque areas of the city, highlighted by the towering Washington Monument in the center, and lined with several commemorative monuments. Even if you are in town only for a short trip, this is a must-visit stop for any first-time visitor.
Washington Monument, 2 15th St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 426 6841
Take a guided tour of the legendary building that houses the American legislature. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center has a ton of information about the history and the operations of this house of government.
The Capitol, East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 226 8000
You can tour the White House, the iconic home of America’s president, by scheduling a visit in advance. Even if you are unable to schedule a visit, walk around to the back to get a closer view of the building.
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 456 1111