If it’s your first time visiting our Nation’s Capital, exploring the memorials and monuments in Washington DC should be at the top of your list. Most of these iconic attractions are located on the National Mall, which stretches from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. And many of these memorials and monuments in Washington DC are found along Constitution Avenue.
Even better, the majority of these fantastic landmarks are open 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. For the most part, you won’t need to worry about reservations. The memorials and monuments in Washington DC that the National Park Service runs are traditionally staffed by park rangers, who are happy to answer questions and often lead tours and special programs.
Before you start filling your itinerary with the monuments in Washington DC, you’ll want to secure your lodging, and our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast is one of the best places to stay. Our historic twelve-bedroom Colonial-style home built in 1893 is centrally located for touring the local attractions, fantastic restaurants in Dupont Circle and the Kalorama neighborhood, and enjoying your downtime at our comfortable Inn. Reserve your room and start planning your getaway to Washington DC today!
Memorials & Monuments in Washington DC
Depending on how long your vacation is to our fascinating city, you can often see most of the major monuments in Washington DC in one or two days. As long-time hospitality professionals at our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast, we’ve heard guest return from excursions to the local memorial and monuments, and it’s always with awe and appreciation for these breathtaking landmarks. Below, we’ll profile eight popular stops in order—if you want to follow this self-guided walking tour, it covers a little more than two miles.
- Washington Monument: This may be one of the most iconic monuments in Washington DC. The striking obelisk is dedicated to George Washington, symbolizing the importance of our first President of the United States. Inside the 555-foot structure, there’s an elevator to the top, plus a staircase with 897 steps. Be sure to visit the top (tickets needed)!
- World War II Memorial: It only makes sense that a war that spanned the entire globe deserves a grand memorial. Much of the structure is symbolic for all the parties involved, and it’s best to join a guided tour for a breakdown of the symbols.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Located in the Constitution Gardens of the National Mall, there are three components to this somber memorial: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Three Soldiers statue.
- Lincoln Memorial: Known as one of the most famous landmarks and historical places in the United States, this monument in Washington DC is an absolute must-visit! Constructed to honor our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, the design is awe-inspiring.
- Korean War Veterans Memorial: Head to West Potomac Park to the memorial in honor of all those who served in the Korean conflict. The lifelike quality and symbolism of this monument are memorable and thought-provoking.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial: This epic memorial to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is also located in West Potomac Park. The 30-foot-tall sculpture really needs to be seen in person to appreciate its grandeur.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: Dedicated to our 32nd President of the US, this monument in Washington DC spans 7.5 acres and has been compared to an outdoor mini-museum.
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial: Standing on the banks of the Potomac River, this memorial is located south of the White House and is often less crowded than the other monuments in Washington DC. It’s a peaceful place to finish your tour and find a seat on one of the many steps of the memorial.
The Best Washington DC Bed and Breakfast
While there is no shortage of lodging options in the Nation’s Capital, there’s something special about staying at our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast. Your accommodations become a part of your vacations instead of just a place to keep your things and rest at night. That begins with our welcoming hospitality and personal service. You’ll quickly see why we have nearly 400 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. And don’t take our word for it; here’s a glowing review from a recent guest:
“We had a wonderful stay at the American Guest House in DC. We travel to DC often for combined business and sightseeing, and we try to stay in unique places. Lucia and her staff are great hosts, the breakfasts were very good and gave us a chance to meet other visitors, the house and rooms are charming, and it’s located close to Connecticut Avenue, DuPont Circle, and the Kalorama Road restaurants. We highly recommend.”
Whether you’re heading here for business or pleasure, you’ll feel comfortable and cozy at our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast. We can’t wait to host you as you explore the memorials and monuments in Washington DC. Book your lodging today!