20+ Places to Get Presidential in the DMV


By DullesMoms, Jan 2021


Get to know our country’s past presidents and the men and women that helped support them, check out these 20+ places in the DMV!

Please note, while many of these destinations aren’t accessible this week due to heightened security and road closures (Inauguration Week) — this is a great guide to keep handy when places begin to open back up.


1. Portraits, Presidents, and politics, oh my! Visit* the National Portrait Gallery for a picturesque peek at our leaders — past and present at their America’s Presidents exhibit.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit this exciting exhibit online.


2. From policy advocate to trendsetter, and everything in between, this collection of our First Ladies’ contributions should not be missed at the National Museum of American History’s The First Ladies exhibit*.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can take a sneak peek at it online.


3. Little did we know when construction began in 1914 that the Lincoln Memorial, a widely-recognized memorial dedicated to our nation’s 16th president — would be the most visited site on the National Mall! Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


4. An ode to classical architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial features a grand rotunda and a bronze statue of this founding father and third President of the United States. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


5. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is filled with iconic quotes from one of our most prolific Presidents, our nation’s 32nd. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


6. Visit* President Lincoln’s Cottage and immerse yourself in the space where the Great Emancipator, our nation’s 16th President, would craft decisions changing the course of our nation’s history.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


7. John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, is one of only two US Presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery*, the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their families.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


8. At Mount Vernon, plan on spending the day at the estate of our country’s first present, George Washington.


9. If you’re looking to give your feet a rest from walking, the National Museum of American History has an online Presidential exhibit that’ll still knock your socks off!


10. Ford’s Theatre Museum* not only pays homage to the night of President Lincoln’s death, but also recalls the life and contributions of this American Presidential giant, our nation’s 16th.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


11. The National Archives gives you the chance to learn just what goes into creating a Presidential library. Take a virtual peek at artifacts from such Presidents as Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.


12. No visit to Washington, DC, would be complete without a trip to the Washington Monument, a towering monolith that honors our country’s first President, George Washington.

*While interior visits to the Washington Monument are temporarily suspended, you can still visit the monument’s grounds, as well as learn more about this landmark online.


13. Another stately and impressive tribute to our first President, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, honors his commitment to the principles of Freemasons. Unfamiliar with the Freemasons? Click here to learn more.


14. Visit the unique and serene Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, a location where President Johnson, our nation’s 17th, often came to find refuge. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


15. Find Wilson Bay, the thoughtful and beautiful resting place of 28th President Woodrow Wilson, inside the magnificent Washington National Cathedral*.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


16. Theodore Roosevelt Island, an almost 90-acre island, is a national memorial located in the Potomac River. In memory of our nation’s 26th President, the island boasts a wide variety of walking trails, shoreline views of Washington, DC, and a memorial plaza featuring a statue of Roosevelt himself. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


17. All it takes is a click of your mouse to get better than a bird’s eye view of the famous Mount Rushmore in all its glory. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt await your virtual visit!


18. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was named in 1964 as a memorial to assassinated President John F. Kennedy, our nation’s 35th. While locals often visit for a wide variety of live performances, you’re invited to take a tour* of this special landmark.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


19. Aptly named, The National Museum of American History* boasts an ongoing Presidential exhibit, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


20. Virginia’s Presidents Park, a now-defunct open-air museum, had more than forty-three 18- to 20-foot-tall Presidential busts, crowded together and taking the brunt of the weather. Learn more about what happened to them and where they are today with a quick read.


21. Take in stunning views of Washington, DC, from Lady Bird Johnson Park, named after our nation’s 17th First Lady, who earned a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work to transform the American landscape and preserve its natural beauty as a national treasure. Situated on an island in the Potomac River, two memorials are located within the park, including Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac and the Navy and Marine Memorial. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


22. Visit* the National Archives Museum for an inspiring look at the original founding documents of our nation, signed by two then-future Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

*While this destination is temporarily closed to the public, you can still visit them online.


23. The US Capitol even boasts monuments dedicated to Presidents. When visiting*, look for the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, which honors our nation’s 18th President (located here), and the James A. Garfield Monument, which honors our nation’s 20th President (located here). To learn more about all the monuments on the Capitol campus, as well as accessibility due to security concerns, click here.


24. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial honors the 34th President of the United States (who, during WWII, also held the title of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe). Set in a park-like plaza, visitors will see sculptures, moldings, and large columns that frame a mesh tapestry that depicts the site of the Normandy landings. Before visiting, please check this destination’s website to determine its operating status.


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