The Incredible, Historical Attractions of Washington D.C.

History buffs, rejoice! Stay Alfred is making its way to beautiful downtown Washington D.C. soon! With new locations for our incredible guests to stay in, we have decided to put together a list of the history attractions everyone should visit.

White House by Diego Camblaso via Flickr
White House by Diego Camblaso via Flickr

If I were heading to Washington D.C. I would want to start with our breathtaking White House. Built 214 years ago, the White House was completed and John Adams became the first president to call it home. Perhaps the most known building in United States history, the White House is the epicenter of all political life in DC. Who knows, maybe you’ll see some important people while you’re there. Next up of the can’t-miss attractions is the United States Holocaust National Museum. A living memorial to the Holocaust, the powerful museum preserves the memory of those who suffered and encourages all visitors to reflect upon what happened those many years ago.

On a lighter side, the National Mall holds host to millions of visitors each year to commemorate presidential legacies, honor our veterans, and celebrate our nation’s commitment to freedom and equality. Inside of the National Mall stands one of the most iconic buildings in Washington. The Washington Monument was built to honor our first president as a political and military leader. The Monument is open daily, but tickets run out quickly so make sure you arrive early to reserve your spot!

The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is a breathtaking 3-acre memorial. When a visitor looks at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall they are able to simultaneously see their reflection with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together. Finally, if you’re up to cross the Potomac River into Virginia you can spend time at the Arlington National Cemetery. With an elaborate Changing of the Guard ritual every hour and the viewing of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

There are so many more incredible buildings and places you should check out if you have time while in Washington D.C. like the Lincoln Memorial, the many Smithsonian Museums, the Library of Congress, and so many more that I could go on about forever. Watch for future posts with even more information about the historical attractions of Washington, D.C.

Be sure to visit the Stay Alfred website for updates on our upcoming downtown Washington D.C. vacation rentals!