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Popular Attractions in Washington, DC

If you're a first time visitor to Washington, DC, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in Washington, DC.


What are some good attractions in Washington, DC?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in Washington, DC.

National Mall
900 Ohio Dr SW Washington, DC (202) 485-9880
National Air and Space Museum
601 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC (202) 633-1000
Washington Monument
Madison Dr NW & 15th St NW Washington, DC (202) 426-6839 ‎
Museum of Natural History
1000 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 633-1000
Lincoln Memorial
900 Ohio Dr SW Washington, DC (202) 426-6841
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC (202) 456-1111
Eastern Market
225 7th St SE Washington, DC
National Museum of American History
1400 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 633-1000
Smithsonian
Constitution Ave NW & 10th St NW Washington, DC (202) 633-1000
National Zoological Park
Jewett St NW Washington, DC (202) 633-4800
Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 292-6100
International Spy Museum
800 F St NW Washington, DC (202) 393-7798
United States Capitol
East Capitol St NE Washington, DC (202) 226-8000
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
971 Ohio Dr SW Washington, DC (202) 426-6841

Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"Be aware that the National Mall is much longer to walk than it seems, especially with younger kids."  See More

"If your layover is at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), definitely you can fit in one museum and a pleasant walk around the United States Capitol side of the mall without straining."  See More

"The National Air and Space Museum, Museum of Natural History, National Zoological Park (panda cub!"  See More

"The Museum of Natural History has LOTS of fun stuff for kids to touch, do, see."  See More

"Lincoln Memorial The White House United States Capitol Washington Monument Thomas Jefferson Memorial (via Tidal Basin to possibly see Cherry Blossoms - Could peek next week) One of the many memorials (Arlington or Vietnam) National Air and Space Museum Here's how you can plan it: http://www."  See More

"Folger Shakespeare Library and Eastern Market are worth checking out."  See More

"In addition to Ford's Theatre, there is also The President Woodrow Wilson House President Lincoln Cottage and of course Mt Vernon I also recommend the National Museum of American History You can also visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing For the latter, you have to make an appointment to take a tour and see money printed."  See More

"Smithsonian castle is an interesting stop with a model of the map of D."  See More

"Amtrak train from NYC Penn Station to Washington DC Union Station:"  See More

"Also, the city has awesome museums, including the International Spy Museum, Smithsonian, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum."  See More

"From FDR continue along the Tidal Basin to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Bring some snacks and sit and relax there."  See More

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  1. National Mall
  2. National Air and Space Museum
  3. Washington Monument
  4. Museum of Natural History
  5. Lincoln Memorial
  6. The White House
  7. Eastern Market
  8. National Museum of American History
  9. Smithsonian
  10. National Zoological Park
  11. Union Station
  12. Newseum
  13. International Spy Museum
  14. United States Capitol
  15. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Where can I find out more about Washington, DC?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Washington, DC locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Washington, DC.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

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