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Washington, DC National Parks

Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park is one of Washington, DC's largest recreation areas with more than 1200 acres stretching along the Anacostia River from the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge to the DC/Maryland border.

Capitol Hill Parks

Although most of the 59 Capitol Hill parks are less than an acre in size, they provide an urban greenspace giving residents and visitors a nice place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Imagine a world of lush forests, proud people and water teeming with life. Such was the Chesapeake that Captain John Smith and his fellow Englishmen encountered as they explored this "very goodly bay" and its rivers more than 400 years ago.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

Before Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950) began his work, there was very little information, and much of that stereotypical misinformation, about the lives and history of Americans of African descent.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Preserving America's colorful Canal era and transportation history, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Experience the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - a system of over 160 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities and water trails in the Bay watershed.

Civil War Defenses of Washington

On forested hills surrounding the nation's capital are the remnants of a complex system of Civil War fortifications.

Constitution Gardens

Dedicated in 1976 as an Bicentennial tribute. In 1982, the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial was dedicated here.

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was shot while attending a show here. Museum contains portions of the Olroyd Collection of Lincolniana.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

A monument for the 32nd US president features a landscape of four outdoor rooms with granite walls, statuary, inscriptions, waterfalls and thousands of plants, shrubs and trees along the famous cherry tree walk on the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

From 1877 to 1895 this was the home of the nation's leading 19th century African-American spokesman.

George Mason Memorial

The George Mason Memorial, dedicated on April 9, 2002, honors the little known but widely felt contributions of an important founding father.

George Washington Memorial Parkway

This is the "Road to Adventure" - originally designed as a grand gateway and greenway to the Nation's Capital. Here, you can learn about the First President and the development of America.

John Ericsson National Memorial

The Swedish-born engineer-inventor is best known for his work during the Civil War when he transformed naval warfare through his design of the iron-plated USS Monitor.

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is located along the bank of the Anacostia River. What makes Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens unique is that it's the only national park devoted to aquatic plants.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Includes 19 statues of infantry soldiers, a granite curb listing the 22 UN countries that sent troops or gave medical support, and a black granite wall.

Lincoln Memorial

A tribute to President Lincoln and the nation during the Civil War. Features a 19-foot-high marble statue by sculptor Daniel Chester French.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac

A living memorial to the 36th President, park overlooks Potomac River vista of the Capital and features 500 white pines and inscriptions on Texas granite.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, it commemorates Bethune's leadership in the black women's rights movement from 1943 to 1949.

Meridian Hill Park

The 12 acre park has a stunning cascading water staircase and 18th century European-style terraced landscaping.

National Capital Parks-East

National Capital Parks-East is 13 park sites, parkways and statuary covering more than 8,000 acres of historic, cultural, and recreational parklands from Capitol Hill to the nearby Maryland suburbs.

National Mall

Extending from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, the National Mall was envisioned as a formal park in the L'Enfant Plan.

National World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of "the greatest generation."

Old Post Office Tower

The Old Post Office Tower soars to 315 feet, making it third in height among the buildings of the Nation's Capital. The 270-foot observation level allows visitors an awe-inspiring view of the city and the area.

Peirce Mill

Peirce Mill was built in the 1820's, and operated commercially until 1897.

Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

Includes section of Pennsylvania Ave and adjacent area between the Capitol and the White House, including Ford's Theatre NHS and the Old Post Office Tower.

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Recognizes and commemorates the mix of history and recreation along the Potomac River.

President's Park (White House)

The residence and office of the US Presidents since November 1800. Cornerstone was laid in 1792, on the site selected included in the L'Enfant Plan.

Rock Creek Park

One of the largest and oldest urban parks in the U.S. (established in 1890), located in Washington, DC.

Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site

The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, on Capitol Hill, explores the evolving role of women and their contributions to society through the continuing, and often untold, story of women's pursuit for equality.

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

The story of the Star-Spangled Banner was shaped by the events of the Chesapeake Campaign during the War of 1812.

The Old Stone House

In the midst of Washington, D.C., a city of grand memorials to national leaders and significant events, stands an unassuming building commemorating the daily lives of ordinary Americans who made this city, and this nation, unique.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Wooded island sanctuary on the Potomac River includes trails leading to an imposing statue of Roosevelt, the conservation-minded 26th President.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

The circular, colonnaded structure memorializes the political philosopher of the American Revolution and President from 1801-09.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The black granite wall is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 persons who gave their lives or remain missing in the Vietnam War.

Washington Monument

Designed by Robert Mills, the 555-foot obelisk serves as a memorial to the nation's first president.

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