My Top 5 Things to Do in Washington DC

There are so many things to see and do in Washington DC that it’s tough to narrow down the list to just five! If you’re visiting the nation’s capital or if you live in the area and need some suggestions for attractions to visit, check out these five amazing things to see and do in Washington DC.

1. The National Mall

The National Mall is not for shopping! You’ve probably seen pictures of the National Mall on Inauguration Day, and this beautiful area has been featured in films such as “Forrest Gump,” “No Way Out,” and the 2005 comedy “Wedding Crashers.” The Mall offers a beautiful reflecting pond as well as tributes to Lincoln, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nation’s veterans. It’s a must-see for history buffs and patriots alike!

2. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The designers behind the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wanted visitors to get up close and personal when visiting this attraction. The wall contains the names of over 53,000 dead and missing soldiers from this war, and standing in front of all those names is an experience you’ll never forget!

3. The Smithsonian National Zoo

The Smithsonian Zoo is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can see giant pandas in person. The zoo is free and houses thousands of animals and a variety of species. I personally feel like I see something new every time I visit this zoo and I’m sure you’ll agree there’s always something fun here for everyone.

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4. The International Spy Museum

I don’t know if I would describe this attraction as a museum as much as I would call it a fun place for grownups to act out their favorite spy fantasy! The museum has hundreds of artifacts and pieces used for espionage and many displays are interactive, sure to keep adults and kids busy and entertained for hours.

5. The Tidal Basin

Not all attractions in my beloved city are museums and memorials; some aren’t even indoors! When you want to enjoy fresh air and a beautiful view, visit the Tidal Basin, a reservoir with cherry trees that offer an amazing view when in bloom.

So there’s my top five things to do in Washington DC. I hope you enjoy these and be sure to visit my blog often as I’ll be adding even more stunning attractions you won’t want to miss in our nation’s capital.

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Beautiful Monuments in Washington DC You’ve Probably Missed!

When people think of statues and monuments in Washington DC, they often think of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. These attractions are beautiful and not to be missed, but Washington DC offers so many other amazing monuments in and around the city! Before you head out here to DC, or if you and your family live in the area and want to visit some amazing attractions nearby, check out these beautiful monuments in Washington DC that are not to be missed!

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1. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Sometimes called the Tomb of the Unknown, this monument is dedicated to American soldiers lost in battle but whose remains have not been found or identified. The monument is somber and solemn, with a 24-hour guard marching across its front. Be sure to mind yourself when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as that guard commands silence and respect from all visitors!

2. The Titanic Memorial

This monument is not dedicated to the film but to the men who gave their lives on that fateful voyage, so that women and children would be able to escape on lifeboats. The monument is a statue of a man with his arms outstretched, similar to the iconic pose in the famous film.

3. President John F. Kennedy Gravesite

The assassination of John F. Kennedy is a dark part of America’s history, and JFK is honored in a special monument here in Washington DC. Visit this grave and note the historic markers as well as the eternal flame, never allowed to go out. It’s a somber but stunning memorial to one of the country’s greatest leaders.

4. The Zero Milestone

The Zero Milestone is a small marker that was intended to become the center point from which all roads in the country are measured. While only roads in and around the city of Washington DC use the Zero Milestone, this marker is a testament to the country’s history and the significance of the capital itself!

5. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial

Dedicated to the memory of one of the country’s greatest civil rights leaders, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial covers four acres along the city’s Tidal Basin and includes a granite statue of King himself. The Memorial is meant to inspire hope for other civil rights leaders and to encourage them to follow King’s example of nonviolent protest.

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