Sites of InterestExterior image of the White House

  • The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world.

  • The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, it has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

  • The National Mall and Memorial Parks, with its iconic monuments and memorials, has symbolized the United States and its democratic values for more than 200 years. Visit and explore all that the National Mall and Memorial Parks has to offer.

  • The Smithsonian, established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," is a group of museums and research centers administered by the government of the United States.

  • Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. The impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

  • The United States Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States, with a primary mission to produce positioning, navigation and timing for the United States Navy and the United States Department of Defense. It is located in northwest Washington, D.C., at the northwestern end of Embassy Row.

  • The National Zoological Park is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution and does not charge for admission. Founded in 1889, its mission is to "provide engaging experiences with animals and create and share knowledge to save wildlife and habitats."

  • The United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum steeped in history and rich with tradition that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems.

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate complex. The Center produces and presents theater, dance, ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular and folk music.