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If you’re a fan of politics and love reading about political history, then DC is the ultimate spot to spend a weekend. Here are our tips for the top places that you need to check out during your visit to get the inside scoop on DC’s political workings.

The Watergate Complex

Anyone who’s interested in the history of American politics definitely needs to check out the Watergate complex, where the incidents that led to the downfall of the Nixon administration took place. Take a stroll around the outdoor gardens and water fountains here while you muse on the historic events that occurred here.

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 827-1600

Supreme Court

You’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the Supreme Court’s DC home during your visit to Washington. When the court’s in session, you’ll have the opportunity to see verbal arguments being made. In the off-season, make sure to take a tour of the building and hear about the court’s decisions over time.

1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543
(202) 479-3000

Lincoln’s Cottage

This off-the-beaten-track historic site, located in Petworth, was home to President Abraham Lincoln for several years of his presidency and is famously the spot where he developed the Emancipation Proclamation. You’ll learn more about the Civil War and about Lincoln’s role in supporting the Union’s victory and abolishing slavery.

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 829-0436

U.S. Capitol

Don’t miss out on a visit to the Capitol to see Congress in action! Pick up a pass at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Senator and head to either the Senator or the House to see the American government in motion.

East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

The Mall

Home to the city’s monuments, museums, as well as countless presidential inaugurations, the National Mall is a can’t miss stop on any politically-minded tourist’s agenda. We recommend taking a walking tour with a DC native who can fill you in on the vast history around you.

900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841