There is no shortage of historic sites, breathtaking landmarks, and enthralling museums in our nation’s great capital. That said, when you only have a couple of days to explore such a rich and vast city as Washington, D.C., you need to narrow down your list to the top three things you absolutely cannot miss. Far and away, these three sites and activities take the cake when it comes to touring Washington, D.C. for the first time—or the hundredth time.
The Lincoln Memorial
An integral part of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is perhaps one of the world’s most recognizable statues. In case you’re not quite sure what the Lincoln Memorial is, it’s a monument built specifically to honor the 16th President of the United States. It stands (sits, really) tall and proud at 99 feet tall.
Bonus: Because it’s a part of the National Mall, it’s within walking distance of many of the other most notable monuments in Washington, D.C.
The National Gallery of Art
Another absolute must on the list of things to do while in Washington, D.C., checking out the National Gallery of Art is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the whole family. It’s open to the public, and unlike many other art museums, it is completely free to enter. In its halls, the National Gallery of Art boasts some of the most renowned and admired works from all over the world. From Rembrandt to Raphael, Van Gogh to Matisse, there are thousands of works waiting to capture your heart and imagination.
The National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum is actually a part of the larger Smithsonian Institution. It is by far one of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C. Featuring 23 main exhibition galleries and several special events throughout the year, the National Air and Space Museum always has something on the docket to delight kids and adults of all ages.
Of course, there are dozens more attractions throughout the Washington, D.C. area, but these are the top three you absolutely cannot leave D.C. without seeing first.