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From the historical monuments on the National Mall to the flowing Potomac River, to The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue to the performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. will leave you with unforgettable memories.
While there are many ways to build your itinerary in Washington, D.C., one of the best places to start is the National Mall. Why? Because it is home to numerous monuments, memorials and museums. It's here that you can take a tour of the Jefferson Memorial in the Tidal Basin, see Lincoln surrounded by the Greek Temple, marvel at the Washington Monument and wonder at Grant astride his horse. It's an easy jaunt to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, among numerous others in the area. It's also home to war memorials like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Constitution Gardens and the National World War II Memorial that sits near the Reflecting Pool. Just off the Mall, you can find numerous museums, including many affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
The National Mall is also a great place for hiking, soccer, golf, tennis and even a paddle boat trip or two. But recreation isn't limited to the Mall. Places like Rock Creek Park, Anacostia Park, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Washington D.C. Ellipse, and The Capitol Hill Parks all have something to offer the adventurer in you.
Are you a sports fan? Whether you want to see the Redskins score touchdowns, the Wizards sink three-pointers, or the Nationals hit them out of the park, you can do that here. It's also a terrific place to watch ice hockey and soccer, as well as numerous college-level teams, including the Georgetown Hoyas as they make another "March Madness" run.
Art Galleries range from National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden to the new ARTECHOUSE. You can see performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or the Folger Shakespeare Library. You can talk to the animals at the National Zoo or plan to play with the butterflies at the National Museum of Natural History (their North Atlantic right whale also tends to be a big hit with kids).
There are huge annual events every year, like the incredible display they put on for the 4th of July or the National Cherry Blossom Festival. There are also popular interest-specific events like the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the Washington Auto Show, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride which honors veterans.
All this and more is waiting for you. Start planning your trip to Washington, D.C. today!