Over 15 millions tourists visit the nation capital a year and 27 percent of the tourists are international. Washington DC is known as the hub for politics, power, and deep in history. But this bustling city has much more to offer. It is filled with fascinating attractions. There is much to see and a majority of the museums, parks, and historic sites are free.
Here is a guide to some of the famous DC attractions that are a must see:
National Zoo: Home of Giant Pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Zhang. You can find over 5000 animals and species at the Washington National Zoo.
National Mall: Take the Mall Tour. See and hear hidden stories of the Memorials and Monuments. The tour covers: The Washington Monuments, White House, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National WW II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, and many others.
|The Smithsonian National Museum|
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History: From the War of Independence, the Star Spangled Banner, and Dorthys' red slipper. The museum offer a wide range of exhibits, that demonstrates American history and culture.
|National Air and Space Museum|
National Air and Space Museum: Located in the National Mall, the museum attracts more than 12 millions people a year. Play pilot in a cockpit. See the Wright Brothers 1903 "Wright Flyer" and the command module from "Apollo 11."
Eastern Market: A Capitol Hill neighborhood and a cultural destination for visitors from around the world. The Merchants serves the finest meats, poultry, seafood, produce, pasta, breads, baked goods, and cheeses.
|Rock Creek Park|
Rock Creek Park: Explore the beauty of nature. Visitors can picnic, hike, bike, roller blade, play tennis, fish, horseback ride, listen to concerts, and attend programs with the Park Ranger. The park also offers the planetarium show, tours of the night show are free.
|Martin Luther King, Jr.|
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: Located on the National Mall. Visit the memorial of the man that had a dream of a life of freedom, opportunity, and justice for all.
|Tomb of the Unknown Soldier|
Arlington National Cemetery: More than 4 million people visit Arlington, attending graveside services and special ceremonies to pay tribute to veterans. Also see the changing of the Guard Ceremony at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
|Library of Congress|
Library of Congress- Take a tour of the Thomas Jefferson Library and learn about its history. Also check out one of the free lectures.
|Vietnam's Veterans Memorial|
Vietnam's Veterans Memorial Wall- A place of reflection for many visitors, honoring the men and women who died in the Vietnam War.
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