From the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, DC's monuments are the city's major calling card, attracting millions of annual visitors from the US and abroad. With a long list of can't-miss sites, here's how to see it all in the nation's capital.
What to See
- The White House — home to all the presidents since 1800 and a can’t-miss photo op for most visitors
- Capitol Hill — a historic district surrounding its crown jewel: the domed Capitol Building where Congress sits
- The National Mall — a 1,000-acre park in the heart of the city, dotted with more than a dozen monuments and memorials
- Tidal Basin — a manmade reservoir where you’ll find most of the monuments that aren’t on the Mall, including one of the newest: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
- The National Archives — a history-lover’s paradise and home to important documents like the original Constitution
How to Visit
- Admire the White House from the outside on a city walking tour, or plan in advance and arrange a self-guided tour through your member of Congress.
- Choose your preferred way to see the mall and Tidal Basin: on foot, bike, bus, Segway, or electric cart.
- Opt for an evening bus tour to see the monuments and memorials lit up against the night sky without the usual daytime crowds.
- If you want an inside look at DC past and present, book a VIP tour with priority access to the Capitol Building and National Archives.