African American Civil War Memorial

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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…

African American Civil War Museum

The African American Civil War Museum is dedicated to preserving and telling the stories of the United States Colored Troops involvement in the American Civil…

How-to Guide: Close-up Macro of Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

There are a million ways to take a beautiful photo of Washington DC's cherry blossoms. Here's how to create something similar to this close-up macro…

How-to Guide: Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument through Round Portals

This shot of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial takes advantage of the unusual framing provided by the stone railing of a small bridge at…

How-to Guide: Lincoln Memorial Statue Bathed in Golden Sunlight

The opportunity to take this shot of the statue of Abraham Lincoln bathed in golden sunlight only comes around at a couple of specific times…

How-to Guide | Saucer Magnolias at the Smithsonian Castle

I took this photo last spring during the very brief blooming of the tulip magnolias (or saucer magnolias) in Washington DC. They're one of the…

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

The LBJ Memorial is on the Virginia bank of the Potomac with views of Washington DC's monuments across the river. It's dedicated to the 36th…

Army Twilight Tattoo

The US Army's Twilight Tattoo is one of the more exuberant military performances in the DC area. It plays on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in…

Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial

The Marine Corps Sunset Parades at the Iwo Jima Memorial are one of Washington DC's summer treats. Here's information and schedule on the 2019 season.

How-to Guide | Cherry Blossoms with the Washington Monument

DC's cherry blossom season brings a huge number of photographic opportunities. Here's how to take one of its iconic scenes: cherry blossoms with the Washington…

How-to Guide | The Jefferson Memorial Before Sunrise

A guide to the what, when, where, and how of taking this photo of richly colored skies behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC before…

Tiny Planet Photos of Washington DC

A series of tiny planet photos of Washington DC's monuments and landmarks. These start as 360-degree spherical panoramas and ramp up the fish-eye.

A Washington Winter Wonderland

When we get a solid snowfall, Washington DC's monuments and landmarks become a winter wonderland.

Netherlands Carillon

The Netherlands Carillon stands next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and offers one of the best views in the area.

NPS Floral Library

The NPS Floral Library is a small garden patch planted by the National Park Service that features several varieties of tulips in the spring.

Commodore John Paul Jones Memorial

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…

Japanese Lantern at the Tidal Basin

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…

Japanese Pagoda

The 17th century Japanese Pagoda is nestled amongst the famous cherry blossoms on the banks of the Tidal Basin in Washington DC.

Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

The blooming of Washington DC's beautiful cherry blossoms is a highlight of spring.

Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

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…

Iwo Jima Memorial

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…

Simon Bolivar Statue

The Simon Bolivar Statue in Foggy Bottom in Washington DC is dedicated to the Latin American revolutionary.

Cuban Friendship Urn

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.

Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon

Mr Republican has his own Carillon. Senator Robert Taft had a long political career and had connections--he was a former Speaker and was President William…

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

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…

Sackler Gallery

The Sackler Gallery joins the Freer Gallery of Art to form the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art for the United States of America.

First Division Monument

The First Division Monument, standing in President's Park next to the White House and in front of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, is dedicated to…

Moongate Garden

Hidden away behind the Smithsonian Castle, the Moongate Garden is a small oasis of calm inspired by Temple of Heaven Garden in Beijing.

Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Castle looks like it should housing exotic treasures. But it doesn't really--at least, not many and not any more. The Smithsonian now sprawls…

Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden

The Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden in Arlington makes for a beautiful backdrop for wedding or engagement photos when the roses are in bloom.

General William T. Sherman Monument

The monument to Civil War General William T. Sherman is elaborate and prominently placed, in President's Park (the Ellipse), right next to the White House.

Freer Gallery of Art

Originally opened in 1923 to display the collections of Charles Lang Freer, the Freer Gallery has since been merged with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery…

National Museum of African Art

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, out the back of the Smithsonian Castle, showcases ancient and modern African art.

John Ericsson National Memorial

The John Ericsson Memorial is tucked away down on the bank of the Potomac, not far from the Lincoln Memorial. It commemorates the inventor of…

Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery

The Reynolds Center, in the heart of downtown Washington DC, combines two museums in one: it houses both the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the…

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, on the National Mall in Washington DC, is dedicated to all aspects of American history and culture.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (National Zoo)

The Smithsonian's National Zoo isn't the biggest zoo in the country. But it is well worth a visit, especially during the warmer months when the…

Newseum

The Newseum is a celebration of Freedom of the Press, featuring exhibits focusing on print, radio, and television media. It also features exhibits of superb…

National Aquarium

While it's not especially well known even to locals, the original National Aquarium is still in the heart of downtown Washington DC. It's nowhere near…

Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial

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…

Where to Find Fall Foliage In & Around Washington DC

Washington DC may not have the kind of fall foliage fireworks of places further north, but there are still good options for catching fall colors.

DC Henge

First there was Stonehenge. There there was Manhattan-henge. Now there's DC-henge.

US Supreme Court

Sitting across the street from the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court houses the judicial branch of the United States federal government. It's in an…

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

If there's a combination that can draw the museum crowds almost as much as spaceships and airplanes, it's dinosaurs and whopping huge diamonds. And having…

National Arboretum

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,…

Union Station

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…

US Capitol Building’s Exterior

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…

National Gallery of Art

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…

Washington Monument

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…

Maine Avenue Fish Market

The Maine Avenue Fish Market on Washington DC's Southwest Waterfront is the oldest continually operating outdoor fish market in the United States.

The White House

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…

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

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…

Arlington Memorial Bridge

Arlington Memorial Bridge runs across the Potomac from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery, one of six bridges connecting Virginia with the District of…

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The FDR Memorial, on the western bank of the Tidal Basin, is dedicated to the 32nd president but also features the twin challenges that defined…

Pentagon

With the notable exception of the Pentagon Memorial on its southwest corner, the entire Pentagon reservation is strictly a no-photography zone.

George Mason Memorial

Tucked away between the Jefferson Memorial and the 14th Street Bridge, the George Mason Memorial commemorates one of the lesser known founding fathers and Virginia…

District of Columbia World War I Memorial

The World War I Memorial near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool isn't well known or much visited. It has been neglected and forgotten for decades…

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial, unveiled in 1992, consists of several elements designed by different people and groups. It has a triangular footprint with the…

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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,…

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum National Mall Building

There are only a handful of museums in the world that get more visitors than the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National…

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center is an impressive and large addition to the museum's exhibit space.

Pentagon Memorial

The Pentagon Memorial commemorates the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

United States Air Force Memorial

The United States Air Force Memorial, in a small, raised space between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, was opened in October 2006.

National World War II Memorial

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…

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

Every Memorial Day weekend, thousands of motorbike-riding military veterans descend on Washington DC for the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is probably the most famous cemetery in the United States. Directly across the Potomac from the Lincoln Memorial, and connected by Memorial…

Best Places to Find Out What’s Happening in Washington DC

Here are some useful resources for finding out what's going down in the DC area.

The Jefferson Memorial

Sitting on an island on the southern axis of the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to one of the most famous and influential…

Lincoln Memorial

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…

Supermoon Rising Over Washington DC

Photos of the Supermoon of 2011 (March 19) rising over Washington DC's skyline. It was the biggest full moon since 1993 and we had clear…