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Every year, Washington DC welcomes sixteen million people as visitors to her city. As the Nation's Capital City, there are literally hundreds of things to do and attractions to see, and as the power center of the free world, it is an exciting place to visit. There are nearly 50 museums and most are free. To give an idea of the size and scope of these attractions (museums only) one need only consider: it takes many days just to make it through all the halls and artifacts of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Not all museums are as expansive as the Museum of Natural History, but this lends itself to the notion of why Washington, DC has such an appealing magnetism, and the reason visitors return time and time again.

If your itinerary is set up to do so, you can peruse the sights of DC without ever seeing the same attraction twice. In addition to the dozens of museums and memorials, we feel inclined to mention other free attractions such as the tour of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, where you can see money literally being fabricated, a tour the National Cathedral (an awesome spectacle in its own right) and the National Zoo to see the infamous Giant Pandas.

There are also iconic monuments such as the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (on its own island in the Potomac River), and many others.

View our Virtual Tour of the National Mall and visit Washington DC's famous monuments and memorials from your computer.

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Washington DC Souvenirs and Gifts

Washington DC Souvenirs

Washington DC gifts and souvenirs are a must for anyone visiting our Nation's Capital and are a great way to remember your experience in the city. We have compiled a list of the most popular Washington DC souvenir gift ideas that are currently available throughout the city. Whether you are looking for White House gifts, Smithsonian souvenirs, Washington Monument paperweights, or patriotic decorations our list of Washington DC souvenirs has everything you are looking for.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument rises 555 feet above the National Mall, following the design of architect Robert Mills, a prominent American designer of the 1840s. Construction of the monument began in 1848, but was not completed until 1884, almost 30 years after the Mr. Mills' death. This hiatus in construction was due to lack of funds and the problem of the American Civil War.

Constitution Avenue and 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 426-6841

U.S. Capitol

The cast-iron dome of the United States Capitol, constructed between 1855 and 1866, may well be the most famous man-made landmark in America. It is such a fitting finale for the building it crowns, so familiar and dignified, that it seems surprising that its design and construction came late in the Capitol's architectural evolution. Only the marble west front terraces (1884-1892) and the east front extension (1958-1962) are more recent additions to the Capitol than its dome. The United States Capitol is open for visitation Monday through Saturday through much of the year, including Federal holidays.

First Street NE
Washington, DC
(202) 224-3121

The White House

The White House, Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington DC, is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. The West Wing houses the President's office (the Oval Office) and offices of his senior staff, with room for about 50 employees. The East Wing, which contains additional office space, was added to the White House in 1942. Among its uses, the East Wing has intermittently housed the offices and staff of the First Lady, and the White House Social Office.

6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War (1861-1865). The architecture of the Lincoln Memorial is based upon a Greek Temple. It has 36 Doric columns, one for each state at the time of Lincoln's death. The Lincoln Memorial has no fees or reservations associated with a visit. The public may visit the Lincoln Memorial 24 hours a day. However, Park Rangers are on only duty from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm daily. General visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is primarily available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

Constitution Avenue and 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 426-6841

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Jefferson Memorial

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, DC that is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States. The neoclassical building was designed by John Russell Pope. It was built by Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1942, and the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947. When completed, the memorial occupied one of the last significant sites left in the city.

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

World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial was opened to the public on April 29, 2004 as a service to the World War II generation. The Memorial is a tribute to the World War II generation to those who served in uniform as well as those who worked in the nations factories and mines manufacturing necessary supplies. The Memorial takes its place between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, each representing the seminal struggles of the 20th, 19th and 18th centuries.

17th Street and Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 619-7225

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is a military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. The cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. In an area of 624 acres, veterans and military casualties from each of the nation's wars are interred in the cemetery, ranging from the American Civil War through to the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211
(703) 607-8585

National Air and Space Museum

Perhaps the most famous, and definitely one of the most popular of the Smithsonian Museums, the Air & Space Museum displays artifacts and airplanes which dangle from the ceiling dating from the earliest times of aviation all the way through space exploration. See Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, John Glenn's Mercury spacecraft, WWII fighter planes, the Apollo Lunar Module, and the 4-billion-year-old shard of lunar rock brought back by Apollo 17 astronauts. Offered daily are films in its IMAX theatre and planetarium.

7th Street and Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 357-1387

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National Gallery of Art

Scattered throughout the meandering hallways, wings and exhibit rooms of the National Gallery's West Wing is a display of art stretching from the third century to present times: a display over 90,000 pieces strong. Besides having the only da Vinci in the United States, "Ginevra de' Benci," the National Gallery has a wonderful and diverse collection of impressionists, early Christian art, 15th century Italian paintings, sculptures, and Rembrandts. The East Wing displays 20th-century works by artists such as Miro, Magritte, Van Gogh, Pissarro and Matisse. With very modern architectural design, the East Wing by I.M. Pei is nearly a work of art in itself.

6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215

Hirshhorn Museum

A beautifully designed circular building with a fountain of concentric circles, the Hirshorn is based upon the extensive 11,000-piece modern art collection of Joseph Hirshorn. The collection includes art by Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, O'Keefe and Rodin. A sculpture garden outside compliments the museum.

7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2796

Smithsonian Castle

Known as simply "The Castle", and built in 1855, the Smithsonian Institution Building is the original Smithsonian building. It houses the administrative offices, information for visitors, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and even James Smithson's crypt, for whom the Smithsonian was named.

1000 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

National Museum of Natural History

Some of the artifacts in this collection include a life-size model of a blue whale, an enormous prehistoric white shark, an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton and the Hope Diamond, a 45-and-a-half carat jewel known in some circles as the "eighth wonder of the world." The Discovery Room works well for parents with young children and there is a costume room where youngsters can try on clothes from around the globe.

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

The Arts and Industries Building has a special role among Smithsonian buildings—as the original home of the National Museum. It opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield.

1002 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 287-3535

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