Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. ranks 5th in the list of best historical cities to visit in the USA. With an enviable collection of world-famous monuments, landmarks, and museums attracting millions of visitors from around the world, the nation's capital provides an unparalleled insight into American history in all its glory and complexity. The majority of D.C.'s major attractions are concentrated along The Mall, where you can see the Washington Monument, Capitol Building, The White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Many of the city's well-known Smithsonian museums are also rich in history, offering a tantalizing glimpse into everything from the history of food and popular entertainment to colonial era agriculture and African American culture, all for free. History buffs won't want to miss The National Museum of American History, which offers a comprehensive and in-depth look at the country's past through a collection of over 3,000 artifacts, including the famous Star Spangled Banner.

Aside from the obvious tourist attractions, Washington is a city of distinct neighborhoods, many of which have fascinating histories of their own. Self-guided Neighbourhood Heritage Trails are located throughout the city and provide the ideal way to explore some of the lesser-known, but still hugely rewarding museums, historic houses, and storied pasts that these areas have to offer.

Suggested holidays:

  • Self-Drive America & Canada Historic Highways is a wonderful itinerary encompassing all those “must-sees” of eastern USA and Canada from Quebec City to Niagara Falls, including the beautiful coastline of New England and a two night stay in DC. You can book you a simple city break to enjoy all the sights or you could twin it with another city such as New York. Or you can enjoy the benefits of a Tour Director who’ll ensure you get the most out of your holiday on an escorted tour such as Great Eastern Cities.

Location: District of Columbia


Top 10 Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA

  1. top 1 San Antonio
  2. top 2 New Orleans
  3. top 3 Philadelphia
  4. top 4 Santa Fe
  5. top 5 Washington D.C.
  6. top 6 Boston
  7. top 7 St Augustine
  8. top 8 Charleston
  9. top 9 Savannah
  10. top 10 Williamsburg

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