Tourist Attractions in Washington, DC

Tourist Attractions in Washington, DC
Tourists will never run out of interesting things to do in the national capital of the United States. Some of the most well known attractions include the U.S. Capitol building, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Monument. These well-known attractions only begin to scratch the surface of what you can do in Washington, D.C.

Dumbarton Oaks

The 27-acre public garden outside the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Art Museum is the collaborated effort of the property owners, Robert and Mildred Woods Bliss, and landscaper Beatrix Ferrand. The garden has changed since the 1920s but continues to offer residents and visitors of Washington D.C. a place to relax. Most people visit the site in the spring, so this would be the best time to meet other outdoor enthusiasts while you enjoy the park. From March to October 2009, admission to the park ranges from $5 to $8, depending on the visitor's age. Admission during the winter months is free. Unfortunately, pets are prohibited from entering in the park grounds at any time.

Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd St. NW.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 339-6401


The Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial sits like a shining beacon on the edge of Tidal Basin. The memorial is fashioned to look like the Pantheon of Rome with its imposing pillars and bright white stone. Inside the memorial is a bronze depiction of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. Not many people know that the bronze statue was actually originally made of plaster. Due to restrictions on using metal for anything but military purposes during World War II, Rudolph Evans had to work with limited materials. There are no admission fees and reservations are not necessary to visit. Seeing the memorial is not the only reason to visit the area, however. Events like the annual cherry blossom festival attract visitors to the area for more than a look at the memorial in spring. Many people also visit the Tidal Basin to go paddle boating.

Jefferson Memorial
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Meridian Hill Park

The Meridian Hill Park is a 12-acre area that underwent recent renovations. You can enjoy a guided tour with one of the park rangers or go off on your own and experience the nature trails first hand. If you want to learn a little more about the park while you walk, consider taking the cellular audio tour. You will know when to call the audio tour on your cell phone when you see the posted signs on the trails. Admission to the park is free and dogs on leashes are welcome.

Meridian Hill Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 895-6070


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