The Newseum is an incredibly cool museum that is dedicated to the news and journalism. It is one of the most interactive museums in the world and was rated as a “Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Museum in the US” by TripAdvisor.
14. Nationals Park
Located along the Anacostia River, the Nationals Park is the home of the Washington Nationals. Catch a Nats game or see one of the incredible concerts hosted there every year.
13. Pilgrim Observation Gallery at National Cathedral
The National Cathedral is one of the most amazing cathedrals in the country. It has fascinating architecture (Don’t miss the Darth Vader gargoyle!) and the Pilgrim Observation Gallery is on the seventh floor of the Cathedral’s north and south towers and offers amazing panoramic views of Washington, Virginia, and Maryland.
12. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
The Hirshhorn is is a contemporary and modern art museum that features works of art in the post-World War II era, specifically the last 50 years. The building itself has incredible architecture and offers one of the most amazing sculpture gardens in the world.
11. Yards Park
Recently redeveloped, the Yards is a beautiful waterfront escape that offers green space, delicious restaurants and incredible bars. It’s the perfect spot for relaxing and playing in Southeast DC.
10. Union Station
The heart of commuting and train travel in DC, Union Station is a beautiful historical shopping center. There are more than 100 shops and 35 restaurants to enjoy, as well as, many special events that take place there. Originally built in 1907 but restored in the late 80s, Union Station is stunning.
9. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Holocaust is a powerful and moving museum dedicated to one of the darkest times in history. While it is not suitable for children, the Holocaust Museum is a must-visit for those visiting or living in DC.
8. International Spy Museum
The secret story of spies lives at the International Spy Museum. Learn the history and secrets of espionage and view an impressive amount of artifacts and even spend a thrilling one hour mission in Operation Spy. The Spy Museum is privately owned and not part of the Smithsonian so it does cost money to visit.
7. Air and Space Museum
The Air and Space Museum has an impressive collection of planes, space crafts, and tells the story of aviation and space exploration in this country. Touch real lunar rocks, see the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Apollo 11 Columbia Module, and much more!
6. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery and escaped as a young man and would spend his life fighting for the abolitionist movement. This historic site was where Douglass lived for 17 years. You can visit his home and gardens.
5. National Zoo
Pandas, gorillas, lions, tigers, oh my! The National Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the country. You can visit its 1,800 animals of 300 different species all for free.
4. Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin
The Tidal Basin is a sight to behold, even when its not cherry blossom season. But when the beautiful pink Yoshino cherry blossoms show up every year, everyone should enjoy the natural beauty. Be sure to stop by the FDR memorial and the Jefferson memorial while you are strolling.
3. National World War II Memorial
Located between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial is an incredible place to visit. It commemorates the 16 million individuals who served in the armed forces during World War II. If you visit at night when the fountain is lit up it’s breathtaking.
2. Union Market
Local artisans, chefs and vendors flock to Union Market to sell their delicious products. Enjoy everything from gelato to fresh meats, delicious coffee and more!
1. White House
What list of DC sites is complete without the most famous home in the country? Schedule a tour or peak through the gates at the home of the President.