Here is our ranking system 1 to 5 stars.
***** Must SeeHere are our rankings.
**** Very Good
** So so
* Waste of time
(zero stars) no opinion, didn't do that
|2||5||Smithsonian Museum of American Art|
|3||5||Smithsonian Museum of The American Indian|
|5||4||Smithsonian Folklore Festival|
|6||4||National Building Museum|
|7||4||Tomb of the Unknown Soldier|
|9||4||Kennedy Performing Arts Center|
|10||4||DC fish wharf market|
|11||4||National Art Gallery|
|12||4||Arlington National Cemetery|
|15||4||Old Post Office|
|16||4||Smithsonian Air and Space Museum – downtown|
|18||4||Iwo Jima Memorial|
|19||3||Bureau of Engraving and Printing|
|20||4||Jefferson, FDR, Lincoln, Korea, Vietnam, WWII Memorials|
|22||3||Smithsonian Natural History Museum|
|25||2||Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy|
|26||3||Smithsonian National Postal Museum|
|27||3||Voice of America|
|28||4||House or Senate Cafeteria|
|29||3||NPR National Public Radio|
|30||3||National Sculpture Garden|
|32||2||Smithsonian National Zoological Park|
|33||3||Library of Congress|
|34||2||Smithsonian Natural History Museum – Butterfly Exhibit|
|37||2||Georgetown Embassy Row|
|38||2||Schooner: Spirit of South Carolina|
|40||2||DC Public Library|
|42||1||National Farmers Market at USDA|
|43||0||White House Visitors Center|
|45||0||White House Tour|
- The American Art Museum, American Indian Museum, and Union Station are either new or newly renovated, thus substantially raising their rank as compared to years past. Consider them.
- 30 years ago, we thought that the zoo was the top attraction in DC. This time, there were big renovations in progress and we visited late in the afternoon, and we were very disappointed. If you visit in the morning, a few years from now, it will probably be better.
- The Smithsonian museums of American History and Industry were closed for renovation this month.
- We thought that journalists are too self absorbed to pay them $20/head to visit the new Newseum. Others who went there said it was good.
Sea Otter II's guide to DC was very useful.