With so many things to do and see in Washington, D.C.
, including historical monuments, government buildings, free museums, and more, it can be overwhelming to narrow down a list of must-visit places. To make it easier for you, Culture Trip has come up with a list of 20 must-see attractions in the nation’s capital.
Washington Monument and the National Mall
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
Georgetown and the Waterfront
Stroll through the bustling streets of Georgetown, filled with shopping destinations and restaurants, and then make your way to the Georgetown Waterfront to take in views of the Potomac and enjoy a meal at one of the dining venues overlooking the water. Wander off the main area to look at some of the most expensive real estate in the city.
Georgetown Waterfront, Water St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 895 6000
The Kennedy Center
Visit The Kennedy Center, a performance arts space, to see a free show (daily at 6 p.m.) or one of their current performances, and make sure to stop by the rooftop terrace for panoramic views of D.C. and the Potomac River. The nine different performance stages present the best in music, dance, theater, international, and children’s programs.
John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 467 4600
World War II Memorial
Flanked by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, the beautiful World War II Memorial, complete with bronze sculptures and stone architecture, pays tribute to the Americans who served in the war, honors those who fell, and recognizes the victory of freedom over tyranny.
World War II Memorial, 1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C., USA
The White House