Get Eyes and Cameras Ready to Sightsee in D.C.

Pictures in books are nice but it's always better to go see an artifact or place with your own eyes. Whether you are a student of history, a lover of beautiful architecture or a fan of seeing rare animals and plants, Washington, D.C. is the perfect spot to come to for a sightseeing visit. With so many different, unique venues, 10Best chose the top spots based on the sites that are the most photogenic places that will leave you wanting more room on your camera's photo card.

We've included historic favorites like The White House and the Lincoln Memorial because you can't leave the nation's capital without a trip to one or both of these sites. This is a great year to visit Ford's Theatre because it is marking the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination with a number of informative educational programs. 

Three museums that offer great sightseeing exhibits are the Smithsonian National Air and Space, the Steven F. Udvary-Hazy Center and the National American History. See The Wright Flyer, the space shuttle Discovery and the ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz.' If you go to a Smithsonian museum be forewarned – they have banned selfie sticks so if you need your picture with a priceless artifact, just ask a kind looking stranger to snap a shot.

So when it comes to making visitors eyes light up in wonder, Washington, D.C. has many different attractions to sightsee.




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

National Zoological Park
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Lions, monkeys and elephants. Oh my! Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., The National Zoological Park features a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The stars of the show are the pandas especially Bao Bao, who is the youngest. Fans...  Read More

Washington National Cathedral
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With Neo-Gothic design harking back to centuries long ago, the Washington National Cathedral is beautiful structure to behold. U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt attended the ceremony when the foundation stone was laid for the structure in 1907....  Read More



In 1912, Tokyo 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



For those of us lacking a green thumb or the ability to grow anything, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the spot to see an amazing array of living plants from many different areas. Dating back to the 19th century, the museum is divided into three...  Read More

Ford's Theatre
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History books will teach you that this D.C. site was the location of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination just days after the Civil War ended but the theatre is much more than what happened on April 14, 1865. Today, guests can get their...  Read More

National Museum of American History


With 300,000 square-feet of exhibition, programming and public space, the National Museum of American History presents all aspects of the country's back story. There are approximately 3 million objects in its collections with only about 5 to 8...  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

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

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-sq.-foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and dignitaries...  Read More


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