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15. Washington Monument Despite its impressive 555 ft height, D.C.'s tallest monument saw only 423,170 visitors last year. (m01229/Flickr)

The sites people travel from all over the world to see.

14. White House Largely thought to be Washington's biggest attraction, the White House actually sees far fewer tourists than its neighbors. The first family's residence hosted 569,391 visitors in 2014.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
13. Ford's Theater 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while attending a play at Ford's Theater. Today, the theater continues to be a popular destination for those interested in its dark history, hosting 655,441 guests last year. (Alex Wong/Getty Image)
12. Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial Overlooking Arlington National Cemetary is the Arlington House, once home to Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, who inherited the house from her father. It drew 671,638 tourists to  their former home last year. (m01229/Flickr)
11. President's Park President's Park is the 82-acre park adjacent to the White House that hosts the National Christmas Tree every year—723,923 people visited the park in 2014. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)
10. National Capital Parks East National Capital Parks East is an assortment of National Park Service sites including historical sites, parks, and parkways. The National Park Service provides a map of all the sites included in National Capital Parks East on its website. Pictured is the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House. Combined, these sites saw 1,311,995 visitors in 2014.   (McGhiever/Wikimedia Commons)
9. National Mall and Memorial Parks The National Mall and Memorial Parks, formerly National Capital Parks Center, is the central unit that oversees sites on and around the National Mall. The parks saw just shy of two million visitors: 1,999,232. (Saul Loeb/AFP)
8. Rock Creek Park Rock Creek Park, a jogging favorite, boasts over 1500 acres of undeveloped land in the middle of downtown Washington, D.C. It is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The park hosted 2,437,948 visitors in 2014. (John Leszczynski/Flickr)
7. Thomas Jefferson Memorial The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is modeled after the Pantheon. It saw 2,708,607 visitors last year.  (Nicolas Raymond/Flickr)
6. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is the largest presidential memorial on the National Mall. It features more than seven acres of statues and water displays. In total, 2,938,239 tourists visited the memorial in 2014. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)
5. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which opened in 2011, already has become a popular site. The National Parks Service website describes the metaphorical split between the two stone features of the memorial: "From the looming Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope surges forward as the focal point for the memorial. Captured in a moment of reflective thought, the figure of Dr. King, sculpted by renowned artist Master Lei Yixin serves as the forward element of the Stone of Hope." It had 3,199,136 people visit last year.  (InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr)
4. Korean War Veterans Memorial The Korean War Veterans Memorial features statues of American soliders from the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force. It received 3,767,287 visitors in 2014.  (Bernt Rostad/Flickr)
3. World War II Memorial  Built in 2004, the World War II Memorial features fixty-six pillars, one for each state and territory that participated in the war, as well as one for Washington D.C. A total of 4,230,793 visitors went to the memorial last year.  (Nicolas Raymond/Flickr)
2. Vietnam Veterans Memorial The black walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial list the names of the men and women who died in the war. In total, 4,403,467 people paid tribute to the fallen at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
1. Abraham Lincoln Memorial The Abraham Lincoln Memorial has been home to many important events in the nation's capital. Perhaps most notably, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the memorial in 1963. Construction of the memorial began in 1912 and took 8 years to complete. A total of 7,139,072 people made the pilgramage to the Lincoln Memorial last year, making it the fifth-most visited National Park Service site in the country. 2014 visitor statistics provided by the National Park Service. (ox4photos/Flickr)

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