Washington, D.C. Tourist Attractions

District of Columbia
Roughly half way down the Atlantic coast of North America, at the junction of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, is Washington DC (District of Columbia), federal capital of the United States, situated on the left bank of the Potomac.

National Capital Parks-Central

Georgetown Historic District

The popular Georgetown Historic District features a variety of shops, restaurants, and various entertainment venues. It is also home to Rock Creek Park and the Keeger Museum.

White House Area

Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Pennsylvania Avenue

Dupont Circle District


Foggy Bottom Historic District

Chinatown Neighbourhood

Upper Northwest Neighborhood

National Capital Parks-East

National Capital Parks East consists of 13 park sites, parkways and more than 8,000 acres of historic and recreational parklands from Capitol Hill to the nearby Maryland suburbs.
Official site: www.nps.gov/nace/
Address: 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, DC 20020-6722, United States

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens offers a natural marsh with 44 ponds containing thousands of water plants including lilies, lotuses, water hyacinths and bamboo. The plants bloom from April to September.
Official site: www.nps.gov/kepa/
Address: Anacostia Avenue & Douglas Street NE, Washington, DC 20019, United States

National Museum of Crime & Punishment

The National Museum of Crime & Punishment features historical artifacts typically found in a traditional museum, combined with dynamic interaction. The history of crime and punishment in America, encompassing everything from pirates, Wild West outlaws, serial killers and gangsters to white collar criminals hiding behind computer technology. Along the way, the National Museum of Crime explores crime-fighting and crime-solving techniques as well as the consequences of committing a crime.
Official site: crimemuseum.org
Address: 575 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Embassy Row

Embassy Row, located along Massachusetts Avenue NW between Sheridan Circle and Observatory Circle is home to most of the 170 foreign embassies found in Washington.
Most of this area is also known as the Massachusetts Avenue Historic District in the National Register.

Battleground National Cemetery

Battleground National Cemetery was set up after the battle of Fort Stevens in 1864. The entrance to the cemetery is flanked by two Civil War vintage guns. With over 900 casualties, this cemetery was specially created for those who fought and died. Four granite pillars were raised in memory of the four volunteer companies who fought at Fort Stevens.
Address: 6625 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20240, United States

Fort Dupont Park

Fort DuPont Park is one of the largest parks in Washington, there are many seasonal activities available for visitors. The 376 wooded acres feature old roadways, oak, beech, and maple trees. Fort Dupont Park is named for the Civil War earthwork fort located within the park.
Official site: www.nps.gov/fodu/
Address: National Capital Parks - East H.Q., 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington, DC 20020, United States

Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin is part of West Potomac Park and home to thousands of Japanese cherry trees. A Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually around bloom time, which occurs between mid-March to mid-April. Paddle boats can be rented on the east side of the basin.

FDR Memorial

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial consists of four outdoor rooms which trace the events of the 12 years that FDR governed the country. Visitors can see ten bronze sculptures of the man, his wife and depictions of the Great Depression and WWII, read his words carved into granite walls and walk along the numerous garden paths.
Address: 1850 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Upper Northeast Region

The Upper Northeast section of Washington is mostly residential. It is found along 12th Street, Michigan and South Dakota Avenues NE. It is home to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Franciscan Monastery, the National Arboretum and the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is constructed entirely of stone, brick, tile and mortar without structural steel beams, framework, or columns. Considered to be the largest church in the Western hemisphere, the Shrine is a mix of Romanesque and Byzantine styles. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception features a large collection of contemporary mosaics and noteworthy stained glass in more than 65 chapels.
Official site: www.nationalshrine.com
Address: 400 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center has five galleries of interactive exhibits as well as rotating special exhibitions. The galleries include themes such as Faith, Imagination, Wonder and Community. Visitors are welcome to leave their own messages through an audio or video recording, in writing or by creating a computerized drawing.
Official site: www.jp2cc.org
Address: 3900 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017, United States

National Arboretum

The Arboretum features more than 400 acres of introduced and local trees, shrubs, flowering plants found in the Eastern U.S. including magnolias, boxwoods and azaleas. There is a herb garden, a bonsai collection, an administration and research center, and areas to picnic.
Official site: www.usna.usda.gov
Address: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002-1958, United States

Franciscan Monastery

The monastery is surrounded by 44 acres of wooded land with replicas of Holy Land shrines along its tree-lined paths. They include the Grotto of Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and the Roman Catacombs.
Official site: www.myfranciscan.org
Address: 1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington, DC 20017, United States

Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park is a multi use park near the Anacostia River. Hundreds of acres are available for ballfields, picnicking, basketball, tennis, and the Anacostia Park Pavilion has some 3300 sq.ft for special events.
Official site: www.nps.gov/anac/
Address: National Capital Parks - East, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, DC 20020, United States

Capitol Hill Parks

Many of these parks, managed by the National Capital Parks-East, evolved from the original design in 1790. They are there to provide greenspace within the City of Washington.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Mary McLeod Bethune lived in this townhouse until her death, was her last home in Washington, DC. This site is a tribute to her life and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).
Official site: www.nps.gov/mamc/
Address: 1318 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Washington Concert Opera

The Washington Concert Opera was founded in 1986 and has performed 35 operas. International works are regularly presented in the piece's original language. A screen with subtitles translates the action on stage.
Official site: www.concertopera.org
Address: 1808 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Anacostia Neighborhood

This neighborhood is found southeast of the Anacostia River. It was named after the original Native American residents.

Naval Historical Center (Navy Museum)

The Naval Historical Center features ship models, uniforms, medals, photographs and fine art. It is located in the former Breech Mechanism Shop of the old Naval Gun Factory. Many of the exhibits encourage hands-on learning, especially the periscope and gun mounts.
The origins of the Center go back to 1800, when President John Adams instructed the first Secretary of the Navy to compile a collection of professional books. Over 130 years this upstart collection evolved into the Naval Records and Library department, charged with documenting naval history.
Southeast Washington's Navy Yard became the Navy's historical headquarters in 1961 when the yard was turned from an industrial facility into an administrative center.
The several branches of the Navy's historical department were amalgamated under one roof in 1982 in a building named after Captain Dudley W. Knox, one of the driving forces behind the Navy's commitment to historical documentation.
Address: 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington, DC 20374-5060, United States

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is the home of the African American abolitionist, diplomat, essayist, and U.S. Marshall. The visitor's center run by the National Park Service features the 17-minute film "Frederick Douglass: Fighter for Freedom".
Official site: www.nps.gov/frdo/
Address: 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC 20020-4813, United States


ESPN Zone includes several Sports Bars and restaurants, sport arcade games in an entertainment family fun center.
Address: 555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates a wide-reaching subway and bus system called the "Metro." The transportation service covers the District of Colombia, two counties in Maryland and three in Virginia along with the Virginian cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. It is the second largest rail system and the fifth largest bus system in the United States.
The Metrorail system has five lines, 86 stations, and 103 miles of line. The Metrobus service has 12,301 bus stops and 335 routes on 176 lines. Train lines are named for colors: red, yellow, orange, blue and green.
Official site: www.wmata.com
Address: 600 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

US Marine Corps Museum (closed)

The Marine Corps Museum on the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard is closed to the public as of 15 April 2005.

Black Fashion Museum (Closed)

The Black Fashion Museum began in New York City in 1979. The museum serves as a repository for antique and recent garments that have been designed, made, and/or worn by people of color. Slave dresses to clothing by distinguished Black people are displayed.


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