Washington, DC: Where History Comes Alive and the Future Takes Shape

Gina Gallucci White

By , Local Expert, Washington
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Not only is Washington, D.C. home to the country's three-tiers of government, it is also a popular tourist attraction for people from around the world. "10Best" has taken the Metrorail, driven and walked around the nation's capital to bring to you the top attractions and activities the area has to offer. (It was exhausting and a trip to the shoe store will probably be needed.) We start off with The White House because it is essentially 'The People's House.'




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  • 1

    White House / White House Visitor Center

    This is the most famous house in America (Sorry Kardashians)and has housed every U.S. President and thier family except George Washington.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can get free tickets to tour parts of The White House. Just go through the office of your member of Congress or Embassy if not a U.S. citizen. A tour must be planned far in advance and tickets go on a first-come, first-serve basis. "

  • 2

    Lincoln Memorial

    The site honors the man who helped free a people and provided a backdrop for one of the most historic speeches ever given.

    Local Expert Tip: "Look at the frieze to find the names of the 36 states in the union at the time of President Lincoln's death. "

  • 3

    National Cherry Blossom Festival

    What better way to welcome the end of winter and the beginning of spring than to have beautiful flowers framing the Nation's Capital.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come in the early morning or evening hours to avoid large crowds."

  • 4

    The Smithsonian Institution

    You'd be hard pressed to find another group of museums so close together and with such an impressive collection.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you are looking to see the Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, you are out of luck. It won't reopen until 2019."

  • 5

    National Zoological Park

    Two words: Panda bears. The National Zoological Park is one of just a few places in the country to host pandas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come before the 10 a.m. opening. The buildings will not be open but you can see many animals in their outdoor habitats and you most likely will get a good parking spot. "

  • 6

    Arlington National Cemetery

    Without the sacrifices of those buried here, who knows where this country would be.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be courteous and respectful. While the cemetery is a tourist destination, it is also the final resting place for more than 300,000 people."

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    National World War II Memorial

    A symbolic tribute to those who fought, served and died in one of the most defining events of the 20th century.

    Local Expert Tip: "Just like the Lincoln Memorial, this one is also simply stunning in the evening."

  • 8

    Independence Day on the National Mall

    Where else would you celebrate the nation's independence than Washington, D.C.?

    Local Expert Tip: "Check to see what will be open. Certain monuments, memorials and areas are not open or close early."

  • 9

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    A heartbreaking look inside the genocide of 6 million Jews by the German military commanded by Adolf Hitler.

    Local Expert Tip: "The museum is open every day except Yom Kippur and Christmas day."

  • 10

    George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

    When not leading armies and helping to birth the nation, George Washington spent five decades expanding the mansion his father built in 1735.

    Local Expert Tip: "It is said that George Washington was a dog lover and so is his estate. Dogs may also come along on your visit. Just make sure to clean up after them. "



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