The White House and the Lincoln Memorial are the spots you might feel obligated to visit when in the nation’s capital. But these places are the ones tourists and locals alike will want to know.
The best time to visit D.C.’s many monuments during the summer? After dark. Temperatures are lower, crowds are lighter, and the atmosphere is heightened. (The major monuments, including the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, are open 24 hours a day, and staffed until 11 p.m.) The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is especially impressive at night, with its pools and evocative statues. Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue SW. 202-426-6841. www.nps.gov.Courtesy of Charles Sabin