National Parks in District of Columbia

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National Cherry Blossom Festival 

National Cherry Blossom Festival 

The Washington Monument can be seen through the branches of cherry trees along the tidal basin. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo giving 3000 cherry trees to the city of Washington in 1912.

Photo by: Dennis Govoni / Getty Images

Dennis Govoni / Getty Images

African American Civil War Memorial

Washington, DC

The Civil War saw African Americans granted the right to fight in defense of their country. The African American Civil War Memorial, at the corner of Vermont Avenue, honors the 209,145 such men who fought for the Union.

Anacostia

Park, Washington, DC

Capitol Hill Parks

Washington, DC

Captain John Smith Chesapeake

National Historic Trail, VA, MD, DE, DC, PA, NY

Carter G. Woodson Home

National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

National Historical Park, Potomac River, DC, MD, WV

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

For nearly 100 years, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal carried resources such as coal and wood to communities along the Potomac River – including Georgetown in Washington, DC. Today, enjoy a canal boat ride. Also hike, camp, kayak, bicycle and canoe in the surrounding national historical park, which spans nearly 185 miles.

Location: Washington, DC, into Maryland and West Virginia

Photo by: Bo Nielsen, flickr

Bo Nielsen, flickr

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DC, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV

Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network

DC, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV, DE

Civil War Defenses of Washington

Washington, DC

Constitution Gardens

Washington, DC

Ford's Theatre

Washington, DC

Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC

Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC

Five days after the Civil War ended, Abraham Lincoln arrived at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC , to see an evening performance of a popular play. In the third act, John Wilkes Booth entered the president’s box and shot him in the back of the head. Today, see the restored theatre -- and hear a recounting of that fateful night -- by a National Park Service ranger.

Location: Washington, DC

Photo by: Maxwell MacKenzie

Maxwell MacKenzie

Fort Dupont Park

Washington, DC

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Washington, DC

Frederick Douglass

National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass went on to become the most influential abolitionist of his day. In 1877, with years of public service behind him, Douglass settled into this home in the Washington, DC, area of Anacostia. Douglass lived in the hilltop home, which he called Cedar Hill, until his death in 1895.

Location: Washington, DC

Photo by: Walter Smalling for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Wikimedia Commons

Walter Smalling for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Wikimedia Commons

George Washington

Memorial Parkway, DC, MD, VA

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Washington, DC

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Discover nature in the heart of the city. Encompassing 700 acres, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is located in the northeastern corner of Washington, DC, and the Maryland state border. Its position by the Anacostia River provides fertile ground for a variety of flora and fauna, as well as ponds topped with water lilies and lotus flowers. The park also contains DC's only remaining tidal marsh.

Location: Northeastern corner of Washington, DC

Photo by: NCinDC, flickr

NCinDC, flickr

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington, DC

LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac

Washington, DC

Lincoln Memorial

Washington, DC

Photo by: ChangCheng

ChangCheng

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Washington, DC

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Meridian Hill

Park, Washington, DC

National Capital Parks-East

Washington, DC

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Washington, DC

DC War Memorial

DC War Memorial

Washington, D.C.

Photo by: Thinkstock

Thinkstock

Old Post Office Tower

Washington, DC

Peirce Mill

Washington, DC

Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC

Cultural groups perform in the Sakura Maturo street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue following the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival parade.

Photo by: Nick Eckert /National Cherry Blossom Festival

Nick Eckert /National Cherry Blossom Festival

Potomac Heritage

National Scenic Trail, the corridor between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Highlands, DC, MD, PA, VA

President's Park (White House)

Washington, DC

President’s Park

President’s Park

Who knew? The president of the United States lives in a national park. Every president since John Adams has called the White House home. The 6-story, 132-room home, in the style of an Irish country manor, is part of the 18-acre grounds we know as President’s Park. Want to tour the White House? Make your request to your member of Congress 6 months in advance.

Location: View of Truman Balcony and Ellipse from Constitution Avenue

Photo by: Glyn Lowe Photoworks, flickr

Glyn Lowe Photoworks, flickr

Rock Creek

Park, Washington, DC

Star-Spangled Banner

National Historic Trail, DC, MD, VA

The Old Stone House

Washington, DC

Old Stone House, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Old Stone House, Georgetown, Washington, DC

This house has been standing longer than America's been a country. Built in 1765, this 3-story home was constructed in several phases during the 18th century. Today, the home, which belonged for a time to an upper-middle-class family, endures in Washington, DC’s Georgetown neighborhood as the oldest unchanged building in the nation’s capital.

Location: M Street in DC's Georgetown neighborhood

Photo by: NCinDC, flickr

NCinDC, flickr

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Washington, DC

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington, DC

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington, D.C.

Photo by: Ethan Welty / Aurora Photos

Ethan Welty / Aurora Photos

Vietnam Veterans

Memorial, Washington, DC

Washington Monument

Washington, DC

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Photo by: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Washington-Rochambeau

National Historic Trail, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC

World War II Memorial

Washington, DC

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