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The National Mall
202-426-6841
www.nps.gov/nama

This vast expanse encompasses many of the monuments that are on any "must-see" list, inclding the classical Roman monuments to presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Eisenhower; the Korean, Second World and Vietnam wars; and a lot more. 

The National Gallery of Art
Sixth & Constitution Ave. NW
202-737-4215
www.nga.gov

One of the finest collections in the spans every medium, every era and nearly every well-known artist, from the Egyptians through our own age. 

Human Rights Campaign Shop
1633 Connecticut Ave. NW
888-932-7472
hrc.org

The headquarters of the largest LGBT-rights organization is impressive enough, but also worth a visit is the store in Dupont Circle, where you can buy logo merchandise and Dupont Circle souvenirs. 

Georgetown
202-298-9222
georgetowndc.com

This historic neighborhood is also the District's wealthiest, where great affairs of state are discussed at dinner parties and salons; but aside from the gorgeous mansions, there's great shopping at Washington Avenue and M Street, the Georgetown Park enclosed mall and along K Street.