3. Pay Respects at the War Memorials
While you stroll around the National Mall soaking in the art, nature and history, you’ll want to stop by the moving war memorials scattered throughout the park. You’ll find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the National World War II Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial all positioned around the rectangular Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Each one of these DC sights honors the millions of Americans who served or sacrificed their lives in the armed forces throughout the major wars of the 20th century. They are open for viewing 24/7 and free of charge.