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Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Washington, D.C.!

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in Washington, D.C. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Church / Chapel supposedly one of the ten largest churches in the world
Ford's Theatre Theater / Presidential Attraction see nineteenth-century playhouse where A. Lincoln was shot
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (FDR Memorial) Memorial / Presidential Attraction beautiful seven-acre granite park
Georgetown Historic District / Shopping lovely 18th century historic district that is extremely walkable
Hillwood Museum & Gardens Botanical Garden "an urban oasis blending exquisite arts and lush botanicals"
Jefferson Memorial Memorial / Presidential Attraction features a huge bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson
Korean War Veterans Memorial Memorial experience a powerful scene of 19 stainless-steel soldier statues
Library of Congress Library the largest library in the world
Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool Memorial / Statue / Presidential Attraction Greek Doric temple with sculpture & inscriptions of A. Lincoln
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Memorial / Civil Rights History Site 30-foot tall statue of the famous Civil Rights leader
National Air & Space Museum Aviation Museum / Space Museum most agree this is the best aviation/space museum in the U.S.A.
National Gallery of Art, The Art Museum one of the best art museums in the U.S.A.
National Mall, The Urban / City Park a 1.9-mile long lawn famous for its political rallies
National Museum of American History History Museum museum with focus on many aspects of U.S. history
National Museum of Natural History Natural History Museum / Dinosaur Museum supposedly the largest natural history museum in the World
National Portrait Gallery Art Museum / Presidential Attraction portraits of hundreds of famous individuals
National World War II Memorial Memorial well-constructed monument to those who fought in WWII
Newseum History Museum / Movie/TV Museum seven floor journalist/news museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum Art Museum one of several excellent art museums in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Memorial / History Museum the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust
United States Botanic Garden Botanical Garden oldest botanic garden in North America; butterfly garden
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Memorial memorial to the 58,000 US soldiers who died in Vietnam
Washington Monument Monument / Observation Deck / Scenic Views ride an elevator up 555-foot tall marble obelisk for scenic views
Washington National Cathedral Church / Chapel / Cemetery / Gravesites one of the largest cathedrals in the U.S.A.
White House Presidential Attraction offices and residences of the President of the U.S.A.


Here are a list of other great attractions in Washington, D.C. that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

Escape Room Live DC Escape Game
National Zoological Park Zoo
Supreme Court, The Other
U.S. Capitol Other


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