For what is really just a big, stone tower you'd expect the Washington Monument to be a boring thing to take photos of. But this isn't just any old tower and happens to be near some of the world's great landmarks, making for a bunch of ways and vantage points to get some interesting shots.
The National World War II Memorial sits at the opposite end of the Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial and not far from the Washington Monument.
The Maine Avenue Fish Market on Washington DC's Southwest Waterfront is the oldest continually operating outdoor fish market in the United States.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC houses one of the finest collections of paintings and sculptures in the world. On permanent display are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya, Manet, Monet, Rodin, Degas, and many, many more.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, on the National Mall in Washington DC, is dedicated to all aspects of American history and culture.
The NPS Floral Library is a small garden patch planted by the National Park Service that features several varieties of tulips in the spring.
The Cuban Friendship Urn is not the most impressive landmark you'll find in Washington DC, but it does have an interesting story behind it.
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the grandest and most distinctive of Washington's monuments. Anchoring the western end of the National Mall and framed by the Reflecting Pool, it's an outsized tribute to an American president who played an outsized role in America's history: Abraham Lincoln.
As both the home and office of the President of the United States, the White House is probably the most widely recognized building in Washington DC.
The Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial, featuring a large, evocative aluminum sculpture of a cresting wave and seagulls in flight, sits on Columbia Island on the Arlington side of the Potomac.
The Netherlands Carillon stands next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and offers one of the best views in the area.
At the heart of the Iwo Jima Memorial (or the Marine Corps War Memorial) is a massive bronze statue based on an iconic World War II photo of the Marines planting the flag at Iwo Jima. The Memorial is next to Arlington National Cemetery on a hill overlooking the National Mall.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center is an impressive and large addition to the museum's exhibit space.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool does what it does best very well indeed, providing some great photographic opportunities for capturing reflections of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, in tribute to the celebrated Civil Rights leader, is now open on the banks of the Tidal Basin opposite the Jefferson Memorial.
The U.S. Capitol Building is one of Washington DC's most distinctive buildings. In fact, you'd be surprised how many tourists find the building so recognizable and in such a conspicuous location that they assume it must be the White House.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial memorializes Americans who served and died in the Vietnam War. The reflective wall, in particular, offers some interesting photo opportunities.
Commemorating Revolution War naval hero Commodore Jones Paul Jones, the memorial sits on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, not far from the Washington Monument and National World War Two Memorial.
Sitting on the banks of the Tidal Basin amongst the famous Japanese cherry blossoms, the Japanese Lantern dates back to the middle of the 17th century and has been here since 1954.
It's entirely appropriate that the memorial dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt is a little unkempt. America's 26th president was famously a champion of the environment and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. But his memorial isn't well known.
The Simon Bolivar Statue in Foggy Bottom in Washington DC is dedicated to the Latin American revolutionary.
The African American Civil War Memorial, along with the African American Civil War Museum across the street, memorializes nearly 220,000 members of the United States Colored Troops involvement in the American Civil War.
It's not just any old train station that can be the venue for a black-tie presidential inaugural ball. But the lavish Union Station, not far from the US Capitol Building, is one of the few that does. It's an impressive blend of form and function.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, out the back of the Smithsonian Castle, showcases ancient and modern African art.
The National Arboretum makes for a pleasant park, but its official mission is education and research. With 446 acres and 9.5 miles of meandering roads, it's laid out as a very large park with paddocks, forested areas, ponds, and groves, lots of groves.