History & Heritage
From the founding fathers to Martin Luther King, Jr. to today’s president, Washington, DC is a city steeped in history -- and history in the making. Explore the city’s museums and memorials, and discover the history of a nation.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Discover the stories behind the people and places of the nation's capital.
Walk in the footsteps of U.S. presidents with these only-in-DC experiences.
Explore DC's deep connections to the Civil War and the civil rights movement in this three-day itinerary.
DC Travel Inspiration
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A powerful president at a turbulent time, Abraham Lincoln remains a powerful presence in Washington.
Explore Washington DC's rich African American heritage with these educational tours.
Art and architecture lovers should follow their bliss beyond the National Mall to this culturally historic neighborhood.
Ideas for history buffs interested in DC's Civil War connections from the last 150 years.
Devout practitioners and religious history buffs will enjoy touring Brookland's impressive churches.
Inauguration 2013 welcomed President Obama to the White House for a second term, but Washington, DC has a storied history of presidential places beyond the present. These five suggestions will help you walk in the steps of the U.S. presidents.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 400,000 fallen American heroes.
Check out these little-known facts about five of America's greatest presidents.
Get wise at any of these 20 knowledge centers
The Marine Corps War Memorial honors all Marines who have perished serving the U.S. since 1775.
The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial remembers the 187 lives lost at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
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Many museums and theaters in Washington, DC offer a taste of African American culture.
Discover African American contributions to the rich local history and culture of Washington, DC.
Explore these lesser-known Civil War attractions and historical locations.
From imposing monuments to Metro stops, Civil War history is everywhere in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC has some of its deepest roots in music. Explore these top 10 music makers.
Washington, DC's LGBT community has been through struggles but always perseveres and shines through.
Learn how the nation's capital has grown and changed since its founding.
The culture of Washington, DC, is infused with African American history.
Trace DC's greatest writings and speeches from the Civil War through the civil rights era.
Discover historic sites that help explain Washington, DC's role in the Civil War.
Follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln through these Civil War to Civil Rights experiences.
Spend a few days tracing the footsteps of the First Family around Washington, DC.
Follow this five-day itinerary to experience Washington, DC's Civil War to Civil Rights attractions.
Explore civil rights attractions and experiences over 5 days in Washington, DC.
The Washington area played a major role in the Civil War. Explore these historic battle sites.
From the newest national memorial to U Street, DC is infused with African American history.