Monuments & Memorials

Monuments & Memorials: Monumental memorials found only in DC.

FAQ: Monuments & Memorials

Touring DC’s iconic attractions When you come to DC, especially if you’re a first-time visitor, it’s likely that our world-famous monuments and memorials will be at the top of your must-see list. Most of these major attractions are located on the National Mall , which extends from the U.S. Capitol...

Jefferson and Washington Monuments at Sunset
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: History & Heritage

Adventure through American history in Washington, DC, a city brimming with exciting experiences, some of which literally date back to the founding of our nation (we’re looking at you, Declaration of Independence). Not only is DC filled with exciting history and heritage, it’s also been called the “...

@ray.payys - World War II Memorial on National Mall at night - Washington, DC
Visiting Arlington National Cemetery

An Overview The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty military, veterans and their immediate family from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict,...

Arlington National Cemetery White Gravestones
20 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than in Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and the nation’s capital celebrates with unique and meaningful events designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans. So get ready for three days of action...

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Where and what is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial? The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. All 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the...

pentagon memorial
Visiting the National World War II Memorial

What is the National World War II Memorial and where is it? The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million people who served as part of the American armed forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The memorial sits along the...

National World War II Memorial - Washington, DC
Top Spots to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms

Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene. Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment. For the blossoms, that's during peak bloom, which typically occurs around early April, but in the past has occurred as early...

cherry blossoms
Run, Bike & Exercise Outdoors in Washington, DC

With miles of trails, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park , one of the largest urban parks in the country, the DC region boasts plenty outdoor locations to run, bike or do what the locals do – join a group exercise program. When visiting the District, be sure to check out these scenic spots and...

national mall early sunrise
Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

What is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and where is it? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall pays tribute to the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action. The memorial consists of three separate parts: The Three Soldiers...

FAQ: Where can I find public restrooms on the National Mall?

There are public restrooms, all with handicapped accessibility, located at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial , Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial , Lincoln Memorial and near the World War II Memorial and Washington Monument on the National Mall. All of the museums on the National Mall...

Washington Monument Aerial Shot