The Basics

While you may not have time to see all of these sights on your first time to Washington, D.C., most of the following should be on your must-see list.

Public Buildings

Monuments and Memorials

These are all open to the public 24 hours a day; when lit at night they are spectacular.

The Smithsonian Institution

All Smithsonian museums have free admission. Here are 5 of the 15 Smithsonian museums, which includes the zoo.

Other Popular Attractions

*Mt. Vernon and College Park Aviation Museum are the only attractions listed on this page with an admission fee.

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