25 Best Things to Do in Washington DC

In case it may have slipped your mind for a minute, Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, had approved the creation of a capital district and the rest is history, literally. Named in honor of George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital, with congress returning the land originally ceded by Virginia to eventually create a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District in 1871. Filled to the brim with iconic landmarks including the Supreme Court, the Capital, awe inspiring monuments and yes, that house, you really couldn’t get a much more interesting city to tour. So please join me to find out what all the fuss is about! Here’s the 25 best things to do in Washington D.C.!

1. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Lincoln Memorial from the Reflecting Pool

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Lincoln Memorial from the Reflecting Pool

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, constructed in 1922 and designed by Henry Bacon, has to be on the family itinerary! It is the largest of the many reflecting pools in Washington, D.C., constructed after the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. It is approximately 2,029 ft long and 167 ft wide and holds about 6,750,000 US gallons in 18 inches of water. Situated on the National Mall which is directly east of the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument to the east of it, the pool welcomes more than 24 million tourists a year, and is artfully lined by paths and trees on both sides. Once you’ve reached the top of the stairs facing Lincoln, turn around to view the National Mall facing the Washington Monument, and be prepared to be blown away by the amazing view!

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25 Best Things to Do in Washington DC:

The National Mall

  • Lincoln Memorial from the Reflecting Pool: flickr
  • The National Mall, DC: flickr
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: wikipedia
  • Reading Room, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress: flickr
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial, DC: flickr
  • Newseum, Washington DC: flickr
  • D.C. Ducks: dcducks
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: flickr
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington DC: flickr
  • National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC: flickr
  • Washington Monument, Washington DC: flickr
  • Ford’s Theatre, Washington DC: flickr
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington DC: flickr
  • U.S. Capitol, Washington DC: flickr
  • White House, Washington DC: flickr
  • Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens: flickr
  • Georgetown, DC: flickr
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC: flickr
  • Lincoln Park, DC: flickr
  • Sunset Parade: flickr
  • The National Archives Museum: flickr
  • National Postal Museum, Washington DC: flickr
  • Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC: wikipedia
  • International Spy Museum, Washington DC: flickr
  • Madame Tussauds Washington DC: downtowndc