Washington, D.C. Landmarks and Memorials
Washington is home to numerous national landmarks and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the north-eastern
United States. The National Mall is a large, rectangular open park area in the center of the city featuring many surrounding
monuments to American leaders; it also serves to connect the White House and the many United States Capitol buildings.
Located prominently in the center of the Mall is the tall Washington Monument. Other famous points of interest near the
Mall include the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the new National World War II Memorial,
Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia War Memorial, the Albert Einstein Memorial, and
U.S. Navy Memorial.
The large and world famous Smithsonian Institution is located in the District. The Smithsonian today is a collection of many
free museums that includes the Anacostia Museum, Arthur Sackler Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum, The National Air and Space Museum,
National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, The National Museum of Natural History,
The National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery and the National Zoo.
There are many famous art museums in DC, in addition to those that are part of the Smithsonian Institution, including the free
National Gallery of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the large Phillips Collection.
The Library of Congress and the National Archives house many thousands of documents covering every important period in
American history. Some of the more notable documents in the National Archives include the guarded Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Other points of interest in the District include the Arena Stage, Chinatown, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception, Blair House, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Folger Shakespeare Library, the famous Ford's
Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, all DC Embassies, the International Spy Museum, National Building Museum,
the National Geographic Society, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Franciscan Monastery, the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum and the Washington National Cathedral.
Source: DC GIS Agencies, ESRI