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What are the top things to do and see during a visit to Washington, DC? This list ranks the best attractions in Washington DC, the capital of the United States. From the White House to the Newseum, there are many great things to see and experience in America's capital city named after its first president, George Washington. During the workweek, the population of Washington, DC can exceed one million with commuters from nearby Virginia and Maryland. As the capital of the United States, DC is under exclusive jurisdiction which does not make it part of any U.S. state. The city attracts many visitors and tourists visiting national monuments and museums, many of which are located in and around the National Mall, a national park in Washington DC. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and several Smithsonian museums are just a few of the many attractions located in the National Mall. The national park is also the site of many famous protests and rallies, including Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech, and presidential inaugurations.

As the cultural beacon for America, there's no doubt that visitors will feel the capital's grand presence in its overtly ceremonial design. Tourists visiting Washington DC will most certainly visit the nation's capitol building at one of the world's most famous addresses, the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

What are the top things to do in Washington DC? This list ranks the top points of attractions in America's capital city. 
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Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Washington, D.C., USA

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National Air and Space Museum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Air and Space Museum Southwest^! Washington^! D.C., Washington^! D.C., USA

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Washington, D.C., USA

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Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Lincoln Memorial West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.

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United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
United States Capitol Washington^! D.C., USA

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National Mall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Mall Independence Avenue

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Washington Monument is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington Monument National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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National World War II Memorial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National World War II Memorial National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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United States Holocaust Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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National Museum of American Hi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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White House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
White House Washington, D.C., USA

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memori... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Washington^! D.C., USA

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National Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Natural History Washington^! D.C., USA

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Smithsonian American Art Museu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Korean War Veterans Memorial National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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International Spy Museum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
International Spy Museum Washington^! D.C., USA

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Ford's Theatre is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Ford's Theatre Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Washington National Cathedral is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington National Cathedral Washington^! D.C., USA

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Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park Rock Creek Park, Washington^! D.C., USA

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Newseum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Newseum Washington^! D.C., USA

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National Museum of the America... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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United States National Arboret... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
United States National Arboretum Washington^! D.C., USA

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National Portrait Gallery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Portrait Gallery City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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Basilica of the National Shrin... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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National Building Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Building Museum Judiciary Square, Washington^! D.C., USA

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Southwest, Washington, D.C.

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National Museum of Crime & Pun... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Crime & Punishment Washington^! D.C., USA

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United States Naval Observator... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
United States Naval Observatory Washington^! D.C., USA

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Nationals Park is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Nationals Park Washington, D.C., USA

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National Museum of African Ame... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Ra Nick added National Museum of African American History and Culture Washington^! D.C., USA

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Howard Theatre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Ra Nick added Howard Theatre Washington^! D.C., USA

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Lincoln Theatre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Lincoln Theatre Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Botanical Garden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Botanical Garden New York City, New York, USA

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National Aquarium in Washingto... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. Herbert C. Hoover Building, Washington^! D.C., USA

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The Phillips Collection is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
The Phillips Collection Dupont Circle, Washington^! D.C., USA

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Corcoran Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Corcoran Gallery of Art Foggy Bottom, Washington^! D.C., USA

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Dumbarton Oaks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Dumbarton Oaks Washington^! D.C., USA

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DAR Constitution Hall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
DAR Constitution Hall Foggy Bottom, Washington^! D.C., USA

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Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Sta... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Washington^! D.C., USA