People have mixed opinions about Washington DC, and honestly, we don’t blame them. On one hand there are beautiful historically rich neighbourhoods, ripe for the picking. On the flip side, Washington DC has some serious problems with the rise of homelessness.

All in all, there is no denying that it is a fantastic city to explore. Make the most of DC’s unique history and see these 5 iconic landmarks. They are too good to miss.

U.S Capitol building

Whether you view US politics positively or as destructive, this is the building where it all comes to life. Take yourself on one of the free walking tours - an education into the workings of the US Congress. The tours are fantastic, covering a great deal of history, including the civil war. You’ll hear many great facts and see numerous famous artifacts along the way.

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Perhaps one of the best sights you can see in Washington DC, The Smithsonian Institution easily makes the list. Tourists have access to endless information when exploring this group of museums and research centers. Best of all, it’s free! Make sure you check out the National Museum of American History to get up to speed on all things U.S.A.

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 White House

You may or may not be interested in where the U.S. President lives. Nevertheless, don't let Trump scare you away - you need to tick the White House off your Washington bucket list. Photos can be taken from Pennsylvania Avenue, outside the front fence, and at a VERY safe distance from the house. Self guided tours are an option if you book in advance; they work on a first come first served basis.


Washington Monument on the National Mall

George Washington was the first President of the United States, which makes it rather fitting to build a monument in his honour. He was revered in life and death. Standing at 555ft tall, this marble, granite and bluestone obelisk (world's tallest) is a very impressive structure. Make sure you walk through the National Mall park, best known for attracting huge crowds protesting the Vietnam war.


Lincoln Memorial

Located on the western end of the National Mall, this huge temple-like building contains a 30 feet high seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, built in the 1920's and weighing in at 170 tons. Yes, it really is that big and has stood the test of time - you'd hope so, wouldn't you!Although there isn’t much to do at the memorial, it’s great to get a photo with Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President, who played an integral part in American History. This stop is a must if you’re interested in the Civil War and America’s history with slavery.


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