One of our favorite monuments in DC. Beautiful views of the tidal basin and Washington monument in the background and lots of space to walk around and explore.
With marble steps and iconic columns, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a smaller version of the Roman Pantheon, and its interior walls contain inscriptions from the Declaration of Independence. It’s especially spectacular during the spring cherry blossom season but is still a must-stop year-round.
Memorial to President Jefferson - Right on the Tidal Basin, free concerts in the summer!
“Built in 1915, this is a beautiful, columned memorial dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. It’s situated at the end of a large reflecting pool that overlooks the WWII Memorial and the Washington Monument.”
“Kids love it, but we all should. It has the history of aviation, aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and an IMAX theater.”
“This is such a comprehensive natural history museum, and they recently opened a new dinosaur and fossil wing, which is amazing. There are great activities for kids, including a butterfly pavilion and hands-on demonstrations by museum staff.”
“You can tour the White House, the iconic home of America’s president, by scheduling a visit in advance. Even if you are unable to schedule a visit, walk around to the back to get a closer view of the building.”
“I occasionally go here at night, sit on the steps, and just observe the reflection pool along with the Washington Monument in the night sky. I honestly think the experience is better at night. There’s usually college aged adults and small groups of tourists around even at 1am. ”