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.