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53. Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger

1 km
from city center
53 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Situated on the party centre of Washington DC called U street, Cloak and Dagger is a cosy space embellished with 18th-century décor. A small venue offering live DJ spinning the entire house on tunes from different genres of music, space might have an English effect but the quirky lights, groovy dance floor, American cocktails and amazing cuisine makes it one of the best places in the U street to experience a fun American night of dancing.

54. Meridian Hill Park

Meridian Hill Park

7 km
from city center
54 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Also known as the Malcolm X Park, the Meridian Hill Park is a National Historic Landmark spread across an area of 12 acres. By hosting the largest and tiered cascading fountain of North America and the statues of Joan of Arc, Dante, and James Buchanan, this National Park becomes a beautiful sight to behold. One of the most visited parks in Washington DC, this Italian style of architecture in the form of a lush garden is an ideal community gathering space for the locals as well as for travellers who seek to explore the basic lifestyle of Washington DC.

55. US Botanic Garden

US Botanic Garden

2 km
from city center
55 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Popularly known as the ‘living museum of plants', the US Botanic Garden is located at the heart of Washington DC. Hosting a wide assortment of colourful flora and fauna, the gardens are preserved in the form of rooms inside glass conservatories. These plants are exhibited in a beautiful fashion with a crowd of plants from Hawaii, deserts and other tropical territories. For all flower lovers, space offers the opportunity to observe some of the gorgeous types of orchids, lilies and peonies.

56. Constitution Gardens

Constitution Gardens

2 km
from city center
56 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Sited between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, the Constitution Gardens is a memoir and dedication to those who developed the United States constitution. These 55 acres of the scenic landscape is a nature preserve housing native animals and plants inside it's safe and lush perimeter.

57. National Mall and Memorial Parks

National Mall and Memorial Parks

7 km
from city center
57 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Home to numerous Art galleries and political mechanisms, the National Mall and Memorial Park is DC's most prevalent, visited crowded and touristy spot. A national park as well as the host to America’s monuments and memorials, and of legendary historical significance the National Mall is everything required by the district. These 140 acres of area with green landscape and cultural richness becomes the ideal gathering space for tourists and locals alike.

58. Georgetown Waterfront Park

Georgetown Waterfront Park

3 km
from city center
58 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Out of all the parks in Washington DC, Georgetown Waterfront Town has the best views for its visitors. Situated along the Potomac River, the park is an ideal place to witness a meandering river and its panorama. Take out your books and music while you sit across the river on an old wooden bench. This national park is a hidden gem or rather an open treasure for everyone to enjoy and cherish. Engage with some of your epiphanies and whimsical thoughts as you walk along the river in solitude and peace.

59. Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

2 km
from city center
59 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

A memorial to the 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt, the Theodore Roosevelt Park is a peek into his ideas and beliefs. The 17-foot-high bronze statue housed by the park serves as a reminder of all that he stood for. The sculptor who created the statue made sure to carve out some of Roosevelt’s quotations on granites surrounding the statue. So, the park in Washington DC not only becomes an escape from busy city life and the political turmoil of the district, but it also forces you to contemplate Roosevelt’s beliefs.

60. Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill

Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill

1,795 km
from city center
60 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Home to the statues of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary McLeod Bethune, the Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill is a historically and culturally significant park in Washington DC. Established a decade after the assassination of President Lincoln, the park in Washington is a neighbourhood place visited by a large chunk of tourists as well as locales. It holds sentimental value in the form of these sculptures.

61. The Yards Park

The Yards Park

8 km
from city center
61 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Situated along the Anacostia River, Yards Park is a waterfront beauty spotted with lush and gorgeous greenery. The boardwalk that overlooks and runs parallel to the Anacostia River remains its key highlight. It hosts not one but other two iconic features, that of the ‘outdoor rooms’ and the dancing fountains. You can easily enjoy the colourful water jets and water scrims at the park's entrance as it remains embellished with the dancing fountain.

62. United States National Arboretum

United States National Arboretum

7 km
from city center
62 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Sited in the heart of Washington DC in the United States National Arboretum which houses the gorgeous arrangement of 22 Corinthian columns in a way that serves as a mirror to one of the ancient Greek temples. The 44 acres of the magnificent and secluded landscape also can be understood as a great hiking destination, courtesy of the Capitol Columns and a long stretch of trails. Clear your mind here while you take a hiking experience or a walk or while you enjoy a quiet picnic with your loved ones.

63. Washington DC Temple

Washington DC Temple

12 km
from city center
63 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Washington DC Temple is one of the most iconic and recognizable religious buildings in the DC area. The temple was inaugurated in 1974, making it the 18th temple of the Mormon faith and the first along the East Coast. The architecture of the building has a number of symbolic references to major events in the Bible, such as the 7 floors signifying the 7 days of creation. The six towering spires, three on each end make for a magnificent external facade that is encased in white marble.

64. Sri Siva Vishnu Temple

Sri Siva Vishnu Temple

18 km
from city center
64 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Sri Siva Vishnu is one of the largest temples in the United States with construction being completed in 2002. This temple in the Washington DC area is home to numerous deities of the Hindu faith. The main shrines are home to Shiva as Ramanathaswamy and Vishnu as Ananthapadmanabha.

65. ISKCON of DC

ISKCON of DC

19 km
from city center
65 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness opened the Hare Krishna Temple in Maryland in 1975. The temple houses the first Krishna deity in the US called Madanmohan. The temple is located on the banks of a creek, allowing visitors to connect with their spiritual side in the presence of nature. The 12-acre campus is home to a cultural center and a farm, where cattle is reared and vegetables are grown. The temple welcomes visitors throughout the year, irrespective of the religion they practice.

66. Murugan Temple of North America

Murugan Temple of North America

16 km
from city center
66 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Murugan Temple of North America is the first temple dedicated to Murugan, a Hindu deity. Inaugurated in 1999, the main statue is dedicated to Murugan with Valli Devasena. Other statues in the premises are dedicated to Vinayaka, Siva, Palani Andavar, Durga and Meenakshi.

67. The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan Washington

The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan Washington

12 km
from city center
67 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Hindu Temple of Metropolitan Washington is one of the oldest Hindu temples in the United States. Established in 1982, the temple offers visitors of all faith to connect with their inner self, providing them with a peaceful and serene experience. The external facade reminds many people of the architecture of temples found in the northern parts of India.

68. Washington Kali Temple

Washington Kali Temple

26 km
from city center
68 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Kali Temple was inaugurated in 2002, with the shrine dedicated to the Goddess Kali of Hinduism. This temple in Washington DC caters to a predominantly South Asian crowd, with dedication to the Hindu deities of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga and Ganesh as well. The temple is home to a language school where pupils are taught Hindi and Bangla, a language popular in East India and Bangladesh. The temple also has a library where one can read the scriptures and other works of Hindu mythology.

69. Golden Lotus Temple

Golden Lotus Temple

7 km
from city center
69 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Golden Lotus Temple belonging to the Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism is one of the unique temples in Washington DC. Inaugurated in 1952, the temple seeks to inspire every individual to find God in their own soul. The architecture of the temple is carefully planned out, with each element having significance in our daily life. For example, the blue reflecting pool at the entrance of the church in the shape of a foot symbolizes the legacy one leaves behind. Visitors will have a truly relaxed and serene experience while on the grounds of this temple.

70. Chua Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple

Chua Giac Hoang Buddhist Temple

5 km
from city center
70 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Chua Giac Hoang Buddhist temple is run by Vietnamese believers of the Buddhist faith. The temple was founded in 1976 as part of the Vietnamese Buddhist Community in America. The temple holds regular prayers throughout the day, with special prayers and community bonding activities occurring on Sunday. The temple is also the centre of celebrations during traditional Vietnamese festivals like the Vietnamese New Year and Buddha’s birthday.

71. Nichiren Shoshu Myosenji Buddhist Temple

Nichiren Shoshu Myosenji Buddhist Temple

13 km
from city center
71 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Myosenji Buddhist temple belongs to the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist faith. This temple was opened in 1972, with the purpose of guiding the local population in their journey of spiritual nourishment. The temple offers lessons on the basics of Buddhism, while helping interested participants in their journey of becoming Buddhist followers. These facilities can be availed by everyone, irrespective of the faith they previously practiced. The temple also offers pilgrimage services to the head temple in Taisekiji, Japan for a truly surreal and divine experience.

72. Washington Buddhist Vihara

Washington Buddhist Vihara

5 km
from city center
72 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Washington Buddhist Vihara was started in 1965, becoming the first Theravada Buddhist monastic community in the United States. The temple has a full fledged library and book service to allow people to educate themselves about the history and teachings of Buddha. The temple also conducts meditation workshops and lectures to help attendees get in touch with their spirituality.The temple welcomes visitors across all faiths to visit the temple whenever they like. The shrine and meditation rooms of this temple in Washington DC are open throughout, ensuring guests can enjoy this divine experience at a time of their choice.

73. National Gurdwara

National Gurdwara

4 km
from city center
73 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The National Gurdwara was opened in 2005 to cater to Sikh believers in the Washington DC area. The gurdwara welcomes people of varying religious backgrounds through its doors throughout the week. The gurdwara is home to a museum and library that gives visitors a glimpse of the Sikh faith. It also hosts regular Kirtan and Punjabi classes for people in the area. On Sundays, the community gathers together to prepare and serve Langar, a free meal for the downtrodden and homeless people in the area.

74. George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

3,734 km
from city center
74 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Located in Virginia, Mount Vernon is one of the most iconic houses in America. With grand and beautiful interiors, this place has a lot of rooms out of which the Small Dining Room is one of the most striking rooms in the house. The mansion is all surrounded by English-style gardens landscaped with pathways and lawns. Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is the most famous here offering famous specialties like Virginia peanut, chestnut soup and colonial turkey pie.

75. Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

184 km
from city center
75 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Home to a lot of historic and important buildings like the Governor's Palace, the Capitol Building, George Wythe House and the Brush-Everard, Williamsburg transports visitors to history. Horse-drawn carriages and historical street performances with characters in period costumes is the best part. Other popular attractions include: The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Anderson's Blacksmith Shop, R. Charlton's Coffeehouse and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

76. Monticello

Monticello

1,439 km
from city center
76 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Monticello is a Neo classical architectural piece of work with 43-rooms, a vast entrance hall, an elegant parlor; an impressive library and a bright dining room, all covering 11,000-square-foot of area. The majestic Dome Room is the most iconic room with a domed ceiling and circular windows. Open-air pavilions and terraces surround the building. Different guided tour options are available for visitors to explore the place like the house and gardens tour or a sunset tour of the house.

77. Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

82 km
from city center
77 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Located in West Virginia, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is one of the famous casinos in Washington D.C. for its casino slots and table games. With more than 1,300 slots, 74 table games and a 16-table poker room, the casino is a must-visit in the city. The sportsbook at the Hollywood casino is the best to experience live betting or even start advanced betting. The casino also hosts many tournaments throughout the year with a big cash prize.

78. Harrington Raceway and Casino

Harrington Raceway and Casino

2,377 km
from city center
78 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Harrington Raceway and Casino is popularly known for its exciting table games and poker room. With over 1,600 slots and a poker room, the casino is a paradise for new players. Sports betting and live racing are the best things to do in Harrington Raceway and Casino. To avail of exclusive offers and rewards, the casino also has a Players Club membership.

79. Rocky Gap Casino Resort

Rocky Gap Casino Resort

3,548 km
from city center
79 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Located away from downtown, Rocky Gap Casino Resort is known for its beginner-friendly casino in Washington D.C. The casino has about 662 slot machines like Lucky Ladies Blackjack, Double Deck Pitch Blackjack, Roulette, Bonus Craps, Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold'em. Apart from the slot machines, the casino also has many table and lottery games of every range.

80. Live Casino and Hotel

Live Casino and Hotel

39 km
from city center
80 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Live Casino & Hotel is one of the biggest casinos in Washington D.C., with over 200 table games, 2 high limit rooms, 4000 slot machines and a poker room. With the finest cigars in the city, Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio are the city's first outdoor gaming areas. The newly established Sports & Social Maryland in the casino is a unique sports bar and restaurant in Washington D.C.

81. U.S. Botanic Garden

U.S. Botanic Garden

2 km
from city center
81 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the best botanical gardens in Washington D.C., with various rare plants and seasonal flowers. The botanical garden is also a museum that depicts the sustainable, therapeutic and economic benefits of plants. It is also home to endangered plants, Mid-Atlantic plants, fruits and many others throughout the year. The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, Bartholdi Park and the National Garden is a must-visit in Washington D.C.

82. Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

4 km
from city center
82 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens is one of the botanical gardens in Washington D.C. built in the 1950s. Spring and Fall are the best seasons to visit the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens, filled with beautiful seasonal plants and flowers. The garden features a greenhouse with tropical and exotic plants in the area and is open for visitors. Apart from the greenhouse, there are many beautiful places to visit in the garden like a Japanese-style garden, French parterre, Four Seasons, Putting Green and the Lunar Lawn.

83. Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens

5,899 km
from city center
83 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Green Spring Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Washington D.C. to take inspiration as a home gardener. It is the best place to see rare and seasonal plants and even study them. The park has many ponds, a greenhouse, themed gardens, a gift shop, a library and a historic house that makes this a unique place to visit in Washington D.C. They also provide educational programs for a practical approach and techniques to gardening in the metro area.

84. U.S National Arboretum

U.S National Arboretum

5 km
from city center
84 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Established in 1927, The U.S National Arboretum is one of the best botanical gardens in Washington D.C., with various plants and bonsais discovered and maintained by the researchers. The place has many different gardens and collections like the Friendship Garden, National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, Perennial Collections, Washington Youth Garden and many more to explore. It also has a grassroots exhibit that attracts many people to learn and have fun at the U.S National Arboretum.

85. Enid A. Haupt Garden

Enid A. Haupt Garden

4 km
from city center
85 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Enid A. Haupt Garden is one of the secret gardens in Washington D.C., spread over 4 acres with a view of the beautiful castle. The various parts of the garden like the Parterre, the Fountain Garden and the Moongate Garden adds to the composed beauty. The place has many masterpieces and beautifully planted flowers like tulips, roses and many more. This place is one of the best gardens in Washington D.C. to enjoy a time out with family.

86. Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens

8 km
from city center
86 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Brookside Gardens is an award-winning public botanical garden in Washington D.C., with various plant species for observation and educational purpose. The botanical garden has different areas like Azalea Garden, Rain Garden, Japanese Style Garden and many more that attracts many visitors each year. The place also hosts many functions and floral themed weddings in Washington D.C.

87. Washington DC Mormon Temple

Washington DC Mormon Temple

12 km
from city center
87 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Commonly known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, The Washington DC Mormon Temple is just about 10 miles away from the Capitol in Maryland. The golden lustre can be observed from way before reaching this place. It is associated with a Visitors' Center which keeps on hosting various interactive exhibits, lectures and concerts throughout the year. It is highly recommended to visit this place at Christmas to experience its beautiful charm all lit up offering night concerts.

88. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

7 km
from city center
88 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Located in Columbia, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is one of the best botanical gardens in Washington D.C. for its collection of rare plants. The summer from May to September usually experiences the flower blooming season, whereas October to March is the best for bird watching period in the garden. With over 236 bird species and numerous outdoor activities like hiking, painting, photography and trails to explore, this is a must-visit for a one-day picnic in Washington D.C.

89. Bishop's Garden

Bishop's Garden

1 km
from city center
89 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral is one of the historical botanical gardens in Washington D.C. with a beautiful floral layout and an ancient touch. The place has a vibe of the 14th-century Gothic cathedral with native historic plants from that era. The beautiful stone gazebo is one of the most popular attractions at the Bishop’s Garden. The original planned private garden is now one of the most popular botanic gardens in Washington D.C.

90. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

4 km
from city center
90 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and one of the largest churches in the world, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is designated as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Displaying the grandest collection of contemporary art in the world, it is open for the whole year. Also, it has guided tours, a Catholic Gift Shop, a Catholic Book Store and cafeteria for visitors.

91. Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

4 km
from city center
91 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The sixth largest cathedral in the world, Washington National Cathedral is also considered to be a national house of prayer for all people. Home to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, it has a local assembly mounting up to even more than 1,200 members making it stand out in the list of well known churches in Washington DC. It has been hosting many national memorial services and celebrations over the number of years.

92. Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

0 km
from city center
92 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Originally located at 15th and H Streets, NW in 1840 as a parish church, The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle has been a part of Washington DC since 1895. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Washington and honors the patron saint of civil servants. This particular Cathedral has been considered as one of the most beautiful and fascinating houses of worship across the whole United States.

93. National Presbyterian Church

National Presbyterian Church

5 km
from city center
93 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Located adjacent to the American University in northwest Washington DC, The National Presbyterian Church offers worship services on Sunday. With its mission statement as “Leading People to Become Faithful Followers of Jesus Christ Together in God’s World”, it also delivers Christian educational programs along with other relevant opportunities to serve the community. It has a congregation of approximately around 1500 members covering all age groups.

94. Foundry United Methodist Church

Foundry United Methodist Church

0 km
from city center
94 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Built in Washington DC for over 186 years now, Foundry United Methodist Church was originally located in Georgetown. From here it was shifted to 14th and G and then finally to its current location. This church has been serving as a home to presidents, members of Congress and other prominent personalities in public service too. The church affirmed that it was upholding the belief that we are being reconciled to God and to one another back in 1995.

95. Luther Place Memorial Church

Luther Place Memorial Church

0 km
from city center
95 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

This place was initially discovered as Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1873 serving as a memorial to peace after the Civil War happened. Luther Place Memorial Church has been encouraging an interfaith community of religious groups coordinating ministries for the poor since the 1960s. Two of the original pews here at this church were dedicated to Generals Grant and Lee. The church exclusively advocated for gay lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights and inclusion way back in the 1990s.

96. Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church

1 km
from city center
96 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

A Baptist church with a multi-racial congregation, The Calvary Baptist Church is located right in the heart of Washington DC. Built back in somewhere around 1862, it consists of three interconnected buildings providing great space for worship services. These services here are accessible in both English and Spanish languages. This church offers Sunday school programs along with a variety of other community outreach programs happening every now and then.

97. National City Church

National City Church

0 km
from city center
97 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Dating back from 1843, when it was built, the National City Church was shifted and relocated within Washington DC a lot of times before its current location. With the current building completed in 1929, this church offers varied opportunities for worship, spiritual growth and fellowship at regular intervals. It embraces people from every race, gender, age, culture, economic circumstance, sexual/gender orientation, family configuration, physical or mental condition irrespective of any differences and turns out to be a completely inclusive community.

98. Second Baptist Church of Washington

Second Baptist Church of Washington

2 km
from city center
98 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

The second-oldest African Baptist Church in Washington DC, Second Baptist Church was established in 1848 offering its services in several locations. Its current building was built in 1894. With a lineage of notable speakers like Frederick Douglass and Reverend Adam Clayton Powel, this church has a very long and rich history. The church is a popular historical site known to all and is protected by the local and national registries as required.

99. The United Church in Northwest Washington DC

The United Church in Northwest Washington DC

1 km
from city center
99 out of 99
places to visit in Washington

Founded by a group of German immigrants in 1834 as the German United Evangelical Concordia Church, The United Church has its roots linked to the Foggy Bottom neighbourhood of Washington DC. This church is an outcome of a combined congregation from Concordia United Church of Christ and Union United Methodist Church since 1975. The church is reconciling, open and affirming that offers worship, spiritual growth and opportunities for fellowship (both in English and German).

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