Unlock amazing DC experiences with this picture-friendly pass to museums, tours and more
Whether you're looking for that classic, tourist photo-op or an Instagram-worthy perspective of the city, the Go Washington DC Explorer Pass offers you access to some of DC's most exciting museums, tours and views – all at a discount. We put together a list of the best places to take pictures when you purchase a Go Washington DC Explorer Pass for you and your crew.
THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most photographed landmarks in Washington, DC. The thing that makes the memorial so cool is that it’s as amazing from the outside as it is from the inside.
Getting in: The memorial is free to visit but is an included stop along the hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour, available on the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT
The Washington Monument is one of the most iconic structures in a city filled with memorials and monuments.
Getting in: The monument is a short walk from the World War II Memorial, an included stop along the hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Home to every President of the United States since John Adams, The White House is arguably the most famous home in America. While entering the White House itself isn't something everyone can do, everyone can snap a great picture of the president's house.
Getting in: The White House is an included stop along the hop-on hop-off Washington, DC bus tour. To go on a tour of the White House, you must submit a request through your member of Congress.
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S MOUNT VERNON
George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is the plantation house that belonged to the first president himself. It is located in Virginia, not too far from the nation’s capital. Plan to spend at least four hours exploring the site and download the Mount Vernon app before you visit for audio tours, visitor information, plant finder features and more.
Getting in: George Washington's Mount Vernon tickets are available with the Washington DC Explorer Pass.
The Jefferson Memorial takes inspiration from two of Jefferson's architectural feats: Monticello and the University of Virginia Rotunda. This must-see memorial on the National Mall houses a bronze statue of America's third president, with excerpts of the Declaration of Independence inscribed on the memorial, paying homage to the man largely credited with writing the document that led to U.S. independence.
Getting in: The Jefferson Memorial is free to visit and an included stop along the hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour.
FROM THE WATER
Views from the water are always great, and the Potomac River will give you a whole new perspective of the nation's capital. Chill out after all of the walking you've done with a narrated cruise along the river. We guarantee there will be many unique photo opportunities in your future.
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
This memorial honoring those who fought in World War II sits between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial on the former site of the Rainbow Pool. The beautiful tribute consists of 56 pillars surrounding a plaza and a fountain hosts more than 4 million visits per year.
Getting in: The memorial is free to visit. As for transportation, we recommend renting a bike from Bike and Roll DC Bike Rentals and pedaling on over.
While maybe not as well known as some of the other DC landmarks, the National Cathedral is actually the sixth largest cathedral in the world and should not be overlooked during your visit. The Neo-Gothic design of the building, which is inspired by the English Gothic style of the late 14th century, is very different than most of the buildings in Washington which adds some diversity to your camera roll.
Getting in: Tours of the cathedral are free and it’s is conveniently located on a hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour stop.
Ready to start your adventure? Learn more about the Go Washington DC Explorer Pass.