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Visiting Washington, D.C.

The capital city of the United States since its formation in 1790, Washington D.C. is packed with landmarks, monuments and museums, making it a sightseer’s delight.

Many of the district’s most important sites are centered around the National Mall. Here you’ll find the soaring 555 foot tall Washington Monument, along with the stately Lincoln Memorial. Memorials to WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are also found on the mall.

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 free-admission museums are also located on the mall. Visitor favorites include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the ever-crowded Smithsonian National... Read More
The capital city of the United States since its formation in 1790, Washington D.C. is packed with landmarks, monuments and museums, making it a sightseer’s delight.

Many of the district’s most important sites are centered around the National Mall. Here you’ll find the soaring 555 foot tall Washington Monument, along with the stately Lincoln Memorial. Memorials to WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are also found on the mall.

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 free-admission museums are also located on the mall. Visitor favorites include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the ever-crowded Smithsonian National AIr and Space Museum, home to the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Also popular is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a stirring reminder of the past, and a beacon of hope for the future.

So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Washington, D.C.    Close

Stories and Tips Washington, D.C.

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Monuments and Memorials

Written by azsunluvr on 01 Sep, 2008

How can you pick a favorite?The Washington Monument is recognizable around the world. Standing just over 555 feet high, it’s the tallest stone structure in the world. A flag of each of the 50 states surrounds the marble, granite and sandstone obelisk. Tickets to tour…Read More


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Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD

Written by azsunluvr on 01 Sep, 2008

Francis Scott Key was a young Washington lawyer when he was sent on a mission to secure the release of a friend held captive by the British Fleet during the War of 1812. Key and others of his party watched from a truce ship in…Read More


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Independence Day Fireworks

Written by azsunluvr on 01 Sep, 2008

With ample choices for great viewing at or near the National Mall, we were pleasantly surprised at how uncrowded it seemed. The many security checkpoints around the Mall seemed to handle the crowd very well. We breezed through, with only one of us carrying a…Read More


The Sights at Night

Written by Wasatch on 30 Jul, 2007

Some of Washington, D.C’s finest sightseeing comes after dark, when the major buildings and monuments are illuminated. Night time sightseeing around the Mall has the added benefit of being able to drive, find close parking, and free parking.Three sights should not be missed at night.…Read More


Understanding Washington's Street System

Written by Wasatch on 27 Jul, 2007

The Frenchman Pierre L’Enfant (literally, Peter the Child) designed Washington, D.C.’s street system. Apparently he was drunk at the time. Here is how it works (?). First, there is a directional system with Capitol building as the zero point. The Capitol is directionally centered, facing…Read More


Sometimes The President Drives By.

Written by Wasatch on 27 Jul, 2007

The visitor to Washington D.C.’s best chance of seeing the President of the United States is when he travels by car to some event in Washington. This is not a common occurrence, but it does happen several times a year. There some chance of seeing…Read More


Some Presidential Places

Written by Wasatch on 27 Jul, 2007

The President lives at the White House and sometimes visits the Capitol, but there are other places in Washington associated with Presidents. Presidential Churches: Across Lafayette Park from the White House stands St John’s Church, claiming every President has attended services here. The Presidential pew…Read More


Washington, D.C., from the Air

Written by Wasatch on 26 Jul, 2007

It’s not easy to see Washington, D.C., from on high. No building is allowed to be taller than the dome of the Capitol, and no flights are allowed over the city– Congress doesn’t care if a plane falls out of the sky on your house,…Read More


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Lincoln, FDR & Jefferson Memorials

Written by stomps on 30 Dec, 2006

Probably more exciting for James than all of the memorials in Washington combined were the squirrels that inhabited the trees between them. On our way to the Lincoln Memorial, he stopped me, surreptitiously pulled out my camera, and tiptoed over to the base of a…Read More


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National Museum of Natural History & Georgetown

Written by stomps on 30 Dec, 2006

We didn’t have long in the Museum of Natural History, which was sandwiched in between the Air & Space Museum and a trip to Georgetown for lunch.From the outside, this museum is imposing; it is seemingly miles long and sports a giant gold rotunda in…Read More


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