See History Comes Alive and the Future Take Shape in D.C.

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.)

You can't go to the nation's capital without a trip to The White House  even if it's just for a selfie taken outside the gates. However, if you plan far ahead, you can get tickets from your member of Congress for an inside tour.

Memorials are an iconic part of the district so we narrowed it down to the two must-sees -- the Lincoln Memorial and the National World War II Memorial. Both are sites to behold but they are breathtaking at night so consider making two trips.

2016 is sure to be a big year for the National Zoological Park as their brand new panda boy cub, Bei Bei, will be on display beginning in mid-January. Try to see the panda display first when you come because crowds are sure to be high throughout the year.

Whatever your interests are, you are sure to find the perfect attraction or activity in the district.





Honoring the 16 million who served in the U.S. military and the more than 400,000 who gave their lives, the National World War II Memorial offers a breathtaking tribute. Two semi-circles are made up of 56 granite pillars standing tall inside the...  Read More



Known as America's first home, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, just outside of Washington, D.C., features a mansion, outbuildings, gardens, animals, a distillery and gristmill, and a four-acre farm. What was once an active...  Read More



We have all seen paper copies of fine works of art hanging in homes and businesses. Once, you step inside the National Gallery of Art, you get to see the real pieces for your own eyes. The west building features early European and American works...  Read More

Independence Day on the National Mall


Francis Scott Key was not talking about fireworks when he composed the national anthem with lines like "And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air..." But the nation's capital knows how to put on a party to celebrate Independence Day....  Read More



Initally owned by President George Washington's adopted grandson, Gen. Robert E. Lee served as custodian of the land until it was seized by the federal government to be used as a military cemetery in 1864. Today, Arlington National Cemetery is...  Read More

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center


This spot on the list is actually dedicated to two companion museums. The National Air and Space Museum is easily the most popular building along the National Mall and features the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and a...  Read More



In 1912, Toyoko Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on...  Read More

National Mall


To serve as a symbol of unity, strength and wisdom, the 16th President Abraham Lincoln is honored with this memorial featuring a statue seated below the inscription, "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union,...  Read More

National Zoological Park
Photo courtesy of National Zoo


Lions, monkeys and elephants. Oh my! Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., The National Zoological Park features a vareity of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The stars of the show are the pandas. The newest cub, Bei Bei is sure to be a draw...  Read More

White House / White House Visitor Center


Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000 square foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and...  Read More


Meet Gina Gallucci White

Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina