9 Sites to See in Washington D.C.
There’s no shortage of attractions in Washington DC. In order to see all the major sites, you’re going to need to be efficient. First of all, you need to list everything you want to see. Then you’re going to need to narrow that list down because you probably won’t be able to see them all. Plan your route, then figure out how you’re going to get from one site to the other…
And that’s where we can help you out.
We know that a lot of tourists (like yourself) visit the Capitol City every year. We also know that it’s nearly impossible to see all major attractions in a timely manner. For these situations, we recommend using our Hourly As Directed / Road Show service.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. You tell us where you want to go and how long you want to sightsee. We get you to all your listed attractions in a timely manner. Hire us for a few hours or the whole day. It’s up to you. Need us to pick you up from the DC airport too? That’s not a problem.
Just for fun, we listed the most requested tourist destinations in DC. We also included an interesting fact about each attraction. Enjoy!
1) The White House
You might think that the President’s home has always been called The White House, but you’d be wrong. In fact, The White House got its name in 1901 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Prior to 1901, the house was called names like the President’s Palace, the President’s House, and the Executive Mansion.
2) Washington Monument
This famous obelisk might not look that tall compared to NYC skyscrapers, but it was the tallest building in the world (yes, the world) when it was built in 1884. A few years later, the newly-built Eiffel Tower took the title.
3) The Smithsonian Museums
There are a lot of different Smithsonian museums in the DC metro area, headlined by the National Museum of Natural History. Every single one of the Smithsonian museums in DC are absolutely free. That includes the highly recommended National Zoo.
4) Arlington National Cemetery
This famous site one of the only National Cemetery that holds fallen troops from every branch in the US history since the Revolution.
5) Baltimore Museum of Art
This museum might not be located in DC, but it’s worth the drive. The Baltimore Museum of Art is internationally-renowned, and (fun fact) contains the largest collection of French artist Henri Matisse– over 1,000 pieces of his art are displayed inside the museum.
6) Lincoln Memorial
This legendary structure is the perfect ode to one of our greatest presidents of all-time. It’s hard to imagine it looking much different, but there were some wild designs proposed by architects back in the day, including (but not limited to) a Mayan-style temple and a pyramid.
7) Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Jefferson had a lot of memorable quotes, and you can find 4 of them etched on the walls at the Jefferson Memorial. Correction: 3 of them– 1 of the quotes (see below) wasn’t actually said by Jefferson:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men. We…solemnly publish and declare, that these colonies are and of a right ought to be free and independent states…and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.” – The Declaration of Independance
You’re going to need a break from all your sightseeing. The Georgetown area of the city has great food, drink, and entertainment options. It’s also home to the prestigious Georgetown University and (fun fact) the notorious stairs from the end of the Exorcist movie.
9) Nationals Park
A Washington Nationals baseball game is a fun way to end a busy day of sightseeing. Witness stars like Bryce Harper and Jason Werth in-person, while enjoying a chili dog from historic Ben’s Chili Bowl.
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