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Our nation's capital has a rich and important history. Here are the places where you can explore it.

Washington DC is filled with national treasures, historical landmarks, and beautiful memorials that attract millions of visitors each year. If you're planning a visit to DC, our real estate agents suggest that you plan enough time to see as many amazing sites as possible before you head home.

If you're visiting the city and looking for DC homes for sale, you must make time to explore DC's history. While there's so much to see and do here, you may not get to everything, but here's a list of 8 top DC sites that you don't want to miss.

  1. The White House (President's Park)
    One of the most famous addresses in the world is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, also known as the White House and President's Park, the home of the United State's president. When visiting this historic site, you get a beautiful view of this national park setting, and you can schedule a public tour of the White House with an advanced reservation.

  2. Washington Monument
    The Washington Monument is dedicated to George Washington, a Founding Father, a statesman, and a military officer who served as the first president of the United States. Built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, the Washington Monument is one of the world's tallest structures, towering 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches high.

  3. World War Two Memorial
    If you're a history buff, you must visit the World War Two Memorial situated at the western end of the Lincoln Memorial. Built on top of an existing rainbow pool, it has three terraces flanked by two large fountains, bas-relief bronze sculptures showing war scenes, and 56 17-foot high white granite pillars adorned with bronze wreaths.

  4. Lincoln Memorial
    The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, considered the greatest U.S. president because he saved the nation, created a more perfect Union, and established economic equality. The memorial's interior is divided into three different chambers. The north and south chambers house carved inscriptions of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.

  5. National Museum of American History
    This museum showcases three floors of historical artifacts and American memorabilia, including the first American automobile, John Bull's train, the original Star-Spangled Banner, Thomas Edison's 1879 light bulb, and Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. The National Museum of American History has something of interest for people of all ages.

  6. African American Civil War Museum
    Civil War enthusiasts should visit the African American Civil War Museum, which honors over 200,000 African-American soldiers. Their service and sacrifice in the U.S. Army and Navy during the Civil War are credited with helping to end the war and freeing over four million slaves. This museum is a self-guided experience that's well worth the time.

  7. Library of Congress
    Located next to the Capitol, the Library of Congress is the world's largest library, with more than 500 miles of bookshelves located in three DC buildings. The Library of Congress contains an extensive collection of important books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, film, and music. You can join a free, docent-led, one-hour walking tour that happens four to six times each day.

  8. Theodore Roosevelt Island
    If you love the outdoors and historic sites, don't miss Theodore Roosevelt Island, dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt, a progressive president who had a big impact on nature and wildlife conservation. Roosevelt Island was designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. It includes miles of hiking trails through woodlands and swampy wetlands.

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