Travel The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.  

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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.
Washington, D.C., USA

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Lincoln Memorial is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.

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United States Capitol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA

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National Mall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Independence Avenue

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Washington Monument is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA

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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 Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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National Air and Space Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Southwest, 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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memori... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA

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National Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA

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White House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA

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National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

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Ford's Theatre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Smithsonian American Art Museu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.

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Newseum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., 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, D.C., USA

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International Spy Museum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., USA

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Smithsonian National Zoologica... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-See Attractions in Washington, D.C.
Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.

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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.
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.
City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom