Cultural Sights in Washington DC

By | October 11, 2021

If you are looking for culture, you will definitely find it in the city on your trip. It is worth taking the Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail at the beginning. This is a series of footpaths on which you can find out more about the different districts through various information boards. Highly recommended to learn more about the black immigrant culture is, for example, a tour of the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail. According to cancermatters, the Brightwood Heritage Trail is also frequently visited as part of a tour.

Tip: Many Germans are also closely associated with the city’s history. On this tour ( you can learn more about Washington’s German-American history.

Make sure you also plan a visit to these attractions:

  • Washington National Cathedral: With its neo-Gothic architecture, stained glass windows, medieval-style garden and eerie gargoyles, the cathedral looks ancient at first glance. But appearances are deceptive. The church was only built in the 20th century. Nevertheless, it is an impressive place for believers and those interested in architecture alike.
  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress is located in the Thomas Jefferson Building and can be visited free of charge, as can the exhibition galleries. If you want, you can take a tour of the historic building or rummage through the countless materials in different formats and languages.
  • Jefferson Memorial: The Jefferson Memorial is located on the banks of the Potomac just off the National Mall. The white building houses the 6.50 meter tall bronze statue of the third President and founding father of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
  • Lincoln Memorial: The imposing Lincoln Memorial rises above the Reflecting Pool and forms the western end of the National Mall. It is best to get closer to the famous memorial with the statue of the President from the East. You can also visit the Washington Monument and the National World War II Memorial on the way.
  • Washington Monument: The Washington Monument was built in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It was once the tallest building in the world and is an indispensable part of views that show the city.
  • United States Capitol: The United States Capitol is a symbol of the American people and their government. This is where the United States Congress comes together. The House of Representatives meets in the south wing. As a senator, the north wing is the place of choice. But the building also houses a significant collection of American art and is an impressive building in itself. With the metro you can reach the Capitol with the blue or orange line.
  • The White House: The White House and its compound serve as the seat of the President of the United States of America. It also serves as a museum for American history. With the metro you can reach the White House with the blue line, for example.
  • Pentagon: The Pentagon is the seat of the American Department of Defense. It is the tenth tallest building in the world and is right on the Potomac next to Arlington National Cemetery. The pentagonal Pentagon has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989 and has been listed on the National Historic Landmarks since 1992. Attention: The Pentagon can be visited, but it is not allowed to take a photo of the view.
  • National Mall: The National Mall is arguably one of the most famous avenues in the world and is home to numerous monuments and memorials that honor people who have put their lives in the service of the United States in a special way.

At the east end of the park is the Capitol, where the House of Representatives meets, and to the north is the White House. The Smithsonian Museums, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and other famous landmarks and monuments are also located there.

And anyone who is interested in political events in the USA will certainly know the National Mall from documentaries. After all, it was there that some of the most memorable marches and speeches in American history took place. One of the most famous marches is the largest protest action against the Vietnam War, which was held there on November 15, 1969 and played an essential role in the classic film “Forrest Gump”. But the speech by Martin Luther King in front of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 also went down in history books. Because it was the speech of Martin Luther King who made him immortal with “I Have A Dream”.

The National Mall can be reached by metro using the blue, orange and silver lines.

  • War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery: Arlington in the state of Virginia is located immediately southwest of the federal capital Washington DC Marine Corps War Memorial, the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater and visit more. Arlington National Cemetery is one of the United States’ 139 national cemeteries and was established in 1864. At the national cemetery Arlington National Cemetery lie buried John F. Kennedy, General John J. Pershing and William Howard Taft.
  • Franciscan monastery of the Holy Land in America: A historical church, catacombs, replicas of sanctuaries of the Holy Land in original size, a beautiful cloister and, last but not least, a beautiful rose garden invite those interested to spend a few pleasant hours here.
  • Old Post Office Pavilion: The Old Post Office Pavilion is located on Pennsylvania Avenue. The historic building now houses a hotel and is definitely worth the trip.
  • Daniel Webster Memorial: The Daniel Webster Memorial on Bataan Street was built in honor of the American statesman Daniel Webster. It is located near Webster’s former home at 1603 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest and was relocated to the 2007 National Register of Historic Places recorded.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: Located near the National Mall, the National Memorial honors civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King. The exact location is in the Tidal Basin in a straight line between the Lincoln and the Jefferson Memorial. The monument can be reached in a few minutes by bus using the DC circulator system.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is also located on the Tidal Basin and honors the former US President. Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt was largely dependent on the use of a wheelchair, de Gestalter wanted to create a memorial with the monument on the Tidal Basin that is also accessible to people with physical disabilities. They succeeded. The memorial is about a two-minute walk from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
  • Dupont Circle: The name Dupont Circle denotes on the one hand a square and on the other hand a historic district in the capital. The marble fountain in the middle of the square is particularly worth seeing. The fountain at Dupont Circle was created by Daniel Chester French, who also designed the Lincoln Memorial.
  • United States Supreme Court Building: When thinking of a court in the United States, the first thing that comes to mind is the supreme court. The Supreme Court. The court is housed in the United States Supreme Court Building. This “Temple of Justice” is very pompous and 28 meters high. The marble exterior is decorated with various figures, including the goddess of justice, Justitia. Inside there are friezes with well-known legislators as well as busts of the individual Chief Justices of the USA. A visit to the courtroom is possible.

Cultural Sights in Washington DC