The home of U.S. presidents since 1800, the White House is open to the public for a variety of guided tours. You’ll be taken through several rooms for an insiders' look at American history.
One of several landmarks on the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is divided into three distinct sections. There’s the statue of Lincoln, two of his most famous speeches, and two large murals.
International Spy Museum
If you’re into espionage, you’ll be into the one-of-a-kind International Spy Museum. Interactive exhibits mix it up with multimedia presentations and artifacts like cipher machines and sabotage weapons.
The life of Abraham Lincoln is examined courtesy of exhibits at the Ford’s Theatre Museum. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a walking tour that explains the 16th president’s assassination.
United States Holocaust Museum
A permanent exhibition covering the years 1933 to 1945 is at the heart of this memorial to the Holocaust. Additional exhibitions, archives, and a library round out this very important museum.
Arlington National Cemetery
Explore such meaningful sites as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for over 400,000 veterans.
National Gallery of Art
Artwork from the Renaissance all the way to the present day are on display at the National Gallery of Art. Expand your artistic horizons by stopping by the six-acre sculpture garden.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
This popular museum is where you’ll see groundbreaking aircraft like the Wright Brothers’ “Flyer” from 1903 and Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis.”
The home office for the House of Representatives and Senate can be toured. A top stop is the Capitol Visitor Center, which boasts historic documents signed by George Washington.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Everything from jazz concerts and symphony orchestras to ballet and plays can be enjoyed at the Kennedy Center. Kid-friendly shows are also programmed throughout the year.