If you’re a first-time visitor to Washington, D.C., or even if you’ve been to the nation’s capital a few times, it’s likely that the world-renowned memorials and monuments will be at the top of your to-do list.

Many of the D.C. memorials are open every day of the year and don’t require advance reservations. The memorials include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, National World War II Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Tours That Require Tickets

There are many well-known attractions that do require advance tickets or reservation, but, fear not, these tickets are usually free or have a very nominal charge.  One of these is the U.S. Capitol for which tours need to be arranged in advance. When court is not in session, visitors can take free, self-guided tours of the Supreme Court. The National Archives – home of the original U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights – is free and open to the public, but in busier months will require a queue in an outdoor line to get inside.

With so much to see in the city, guided tours are recommended. See a list of great guided tour options below:

A self-guided tour is always a wonderful option as well. American City Walking Guide offers printable guides to many D.C. landmarks on the National Mall. Make sure you continue to check the blog and Destination DC for countless sight-seeing options to plan your leisure activities during Digestive Disease Week® 2018.