(7 Day Visit)

Plan your visit to  Washington, D.C. so that you can began your first day of touring very early in the morning.  The itinerary below is one that will help you see most of the main attractions and avoid major crowds of other tourists. 


Day 1

You can purchase tickets to the Washington Monument on the Internet before you leave home.  There is a small fee, but this will save you waiting in line in the hot sun and will assure that you are able to see the monument on the day of your visit.  After visiting the monument, purchase tickets for the Tourmobile at the kiosk or on the tram.  It is recommended that you take the Tourmobile to Arlington Cemetery first and afterwards visit the remaining monuments.  Save the museums for another day.

Washington Monument (Metro:  Smithsonian)     


Arlington Cemetery

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Changing of the Guard

Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

District of Columbia World War Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

World War II Memorial

John Paul Jones Memorial

Day 2

The free Bureau of Engravings tour tickets are distributed quickly each day.  It is suggested that one get in line by 7 AM or else purchase advance tickets on the Internet to acquire a preferred time.


Bureau of Engravings  (Metro:  Smithsonian)

The National Mall

Smithsonian Castle

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art East Building

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

National Museum of American History

National Air and Space Museum

Day 3

Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is just a short drive 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and makes a pleasant day trip away from the city.  The drive will take about an hour so plan to leave by 8:30 AM.  Upon retuning to Washington, one has time to take a bus trip to the National Cathedral for sightseeing and photos. 


Mount Vernon 

National Cathedral

Embassy Row

United States Marine Corps War Memorial

Day 4

Ford Theater  (Metro:  Metro Center)

The House Where Lincoln Died

United States Navy Memorial

The National Archives

The Old Post Office Pavilion

National Museum of Natural History

Lady Byrd Johnson Park

Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac

The Pentagon (photo stop)

Day 5

If one wants to visit the White House and obtain a congressional tour of the Capitol, planning must begin months in advance by contacting your local U.S. Congressman's office.  Request the forms for a tour of the White House and Capitol.   Without assistance from your congressman you will not be able to visit the interior of the White House. While you will still be able to see the inside of the Capitol without your congressman's assistance, you will have to wait in long lines.


Library of Congress (Metro:  Capitol South)

Supreme Court

White House


Suggested Evening Activity:

Kennedy Center--National Symphony Concert

Day 6

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial  (Metro:  Union Station)

National Building Museum

Union Station (shopping)

Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon

General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

National Postal Museum

First Division Monument

Eisenhower Building

Corcoran Gallery

Renwick Gallery

Blair House

Lafayette Square

The Treasury Department

Suggested Evening Activity:

Tour the Mall area monuments for illuminated photos

Day 7

A tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, can be a day trip, or seen just before or after your Washington, D.C. visit.


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