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Constitution Ave., nr. 14th St., NW (National Mall)
ATTRACTIONMuseums and Monuments
HOURS/TIMESDaily: 24 hours
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; summer; school holidays
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo (free tickets required to enter the Washington Monument)
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSSmithsonian Museums; with Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol as the bookends
METROSmithsonian; Federal Triangle; Archives
Iconic outdoor park that’s home to the Smithsonian Museums and bordering some of the city's (if not the country's) most celebrated and historic national monuments. Must-see spots include the various Smithsonian Museums (National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History, among many others), National Gallery of Art, as well as the nearby (think steps away) Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol building, Lincoln Memorial, Ellipse, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; kids; your parents
WHY WE LIKE IT
A visit to these buildings and monuments can be enlightening and educational, fun, and informative. And the Smithsonian Museums are free! We love that so many important sights and landmarks are so geographically concentrated − this is truly the heart of tourist DC.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The endless crowds of tourists during holidays (if you're not signing on for the fabulous frenzy of the fireworks display, avoid July 4th at all costs!).
GOOD TO KNOW
The best time to visit is during the Cherry Blossom Festival in March and April. The beautiful Japanese trees will be in full bloom, the museums and monuments will be hosting special events, and the crowds will be in good spirits, celebrating the arrival of spring.
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