Tour the nation's capital, named in honor of our first president, by visiting the Washington, D.C. sites and museums that preserve his legacy.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument towers over Washington, D.C. at a height of 555 feet.

The monument was completed in two phases and is the shape of an Egyptian obelisk to evoke the timelessness of ancient civilizations.

When construction ended in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world.

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The White House

Home to the United States President, the White House sits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.

George Washington was the only U.S. president not to live at the White House. The federal government moved from Philadelphia to the capital in 1800, three years after his retirement.

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Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

On D.C.'s National Mall, the National Portrait Gallery houses the nation's only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House.

Its collection includes the “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.

The Lansdowne portrait is one of Stuart’s most impressive works. It was painted in 1796 for William Petty, the first marquis of Lansdowne, a British admirer of Washington.

Items on display are subject to change. Please check the Portrait Gallery's website for the most up-to-date information.

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National Museum of American History

Martha Washington's Gown

Martha Washington's Gown

The National Museum of American History is located on D.C.'s National Mall and displays artifacts of all kinds, including military uniforms, gowns, cars and more.

Included in the museum's collection are:

  • Martha Washington's gown
  • Horatio Greenough's George Washington statue; it was on display in the Capitol Rotunda from 1841 to 1843
  • George Washington's 1789 uniform

Items on display are subject to change. Please check the museum's website for the most up-to-date information.

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George Washington's Capitol Hill Townhomes

A little more than a year before his death, George Washington began building two adjoining townhouses on Capitol Hill.

Although the buildings no longer stand, their former location is marked by a memorial plaque in Upper Senate Park, which can be found a few blocks away from the modern United States Capitol building.

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Arlington House

Arlington House was built by George Washington's step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. It was also the home of Robert E. Lee and his family before the Civil War. 

Arlington National Cemetery is accessible from Washington, D.C. by car or Metro.

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National Archives

View the Constitution, signed by George Washington, at the National Archives on Constitution Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration of Independence is also on display. It does not bear George Washington's signature, as he and his army were in New York City to defend the city from the British. He read the declaration to his soldiers on the evening of July 9, 1776.

 

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Tudor Place

Built by Martha Washington's granddaughter and her husband, Tudor Place tells the story of Martha Washington's descendants from from 1805 to 1983.

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Daughters of the American Revolution

Step into the past and tour 31 period rooms that depict home life in the 1700s and 1800s. Self-guided and docent-led tours are available.

Admission is free.

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George Washington's Mount Vernon

Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., George Washington's 18th-century plantation home is one of the nation’s most visited historic sites. The estate includes:

  • The first president's Mansion
  • Colonial outbuildings
  • Gardens
  • A pioneer farm
  • A museum and education center

Fully-functioning reconstructions of George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill are included with admission and are open April through October.

Things to Do at Mount Vernon

 

"A Museum Like No Other"

"A trip to D.C. wouldn't be complete without a trip to Mt. Vernon. The Mansion is intriguing, the view of the Potomac is beautiful, the grounds are lovely and the buildings are historic, but the museum is first rate!"

— TripAdvisor Review

Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit Virginia.org, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”

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