Washington, D.C., is one of the country’s most breathtaking cities, thanks to its many monuments, statues, and other manmade marvels. Discover some of the city’s most famous landmarks and places to stay nearby.

Morning: Start Your Day With Some Exercise at Rock Creek Park

Located in northwest Washington, D.C., just north of the National Zoo, Rock Creek Park is one of the city’s most visited landmarks. Founded in 1890, this 1,754-acre park was the third national park in the country and is the best place to go for a morning stroll or jog. It features more than 32 miles of trails for biking, walking, and horseback riding. Other activities include guided tours, tennis, golfing, and sightseeing.

Stay close to all the action at Rock Creek Park with a booking at the Kalorama Guest House. This locally owned establishment is low-key yet comfortable, offering free breakfast and afternoon refreshments.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.

Afternoon: Remember the Fallen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

While the World War I, World War II, and Korean memorials are worth a visit, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is perhaps the most intriguing. Built with little ornamentation or architectural elements, the list of more than 58,000 missing and dead from the controversial war can easily take you aback.

To stay near the memorial, find hotels at the western end of the National Mall. The State Plaza Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with a cafe on the first floor, while the Courtyard by Marriott Washington DC/Foggy Bottom is perfect for families thanks to an indoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

Evening: Take a Contemplative Stroll at the Lincoln Memorial

Constructed from 1914 to 1922 to honor America’s 16th president, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most awe-inspiring places in Washington, D.C. Its Greek Revival architecture is simply stunning, with ornate columns stretching 99 feet tall around the exterior. Inside is a giant statue of Lincoln with inscriptions from the Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural speech. On the steps to the east, a marker of where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech overlooks the iconic reflecting pool.

With 7 million visitors annually, the Lincoln Memorial is almost always packed. To beat the crowds, stay at a hotel near the landmark such as the chic Hotel Hive or the Residence Inn by Marriott Washington DC/Foggy Bottom, featuring all suites and a rooftop pool.

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