Explore Washington D.C.

The White House

Presidential residence from the time of John Adams. Photo ops from north and south gates. Self-guided public tour requests must be submitted through a member of Congress at least 21 days ahead. Tours Tu-Th 7:30 am-11:30 am, F-Sa 7:30 am-1:30 pm. The visitor center at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave.

U.S. Capitol

On the West Lawn, free concerts by the U.S. Navy Band Mondays, U.S. Air Force Band Tuesdays, U.S. Marine Band Wednesdays and U.S. Army Band Fridays. All 8 p.m.

National Mall

Planner Pierre L'Enfant's grand landscape from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, with Smithsonians, renovated Washington Monument, and tributes to World War II, Vietnam veterans, Korean War veterans and Martin Luther King Jr. Free.

Washington Monument

The 178-foot-column (227 steps up), built in 1815, is the nation's first memorial for George Washington. Architect Robert Mills also designed the monument in Washington, D.C. Renovated museum (free) plus two time capsules with some items on display at Maryland Historical Society. W-Su 10 am-5 pm.

Lincoln Memorial

At the west end of the National Mall, this Greek-style temple to the 16th president holds Daniel Chester French's 19-foot-tall statue of Lincoln and carved inscriptions of his famous speeches.

Library of Congress

World’s largest library holding more than 168 million items and counting, among them more than 39 million books, plus the Gutenberg Bible and a re-creation of Thomas Jefferson’s 6,487-volume founding collection.